An unidentified entity is backing a new lawsuit to expose America's secret defense pact with the Emirate of Kuwait.
The suit, filed in federal court in Washington last week by the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, seeks the declassification of a military cooperation agreement that America signed with Kuwait after the Gulf War in 1991 and which it renewed in 2001.
Hogan & Hartson brought the case in its own name and did not disclose the identity of the mystery client pursuing the information. The lawyers who filed the suit, Thomas McGovern III and Steven Williams, did not respond to phone messages seeking comment for this article.
The law firm said it sought the agreement from the Pentagon in May 2006 under the Freedom of Information Act. The Defense Department responded that the pact is entirely classified, but the lawsuit alleges that some part of it should be public, since public officials and a variety of government publications have made statements discussing provisions in the deal.