University of Arkansas revokes public access to Clinton archives


By Nic Horton and Caleb Taylor | The Arkansas Project

The University of Arkansas’s library system dean apparently didn’t like a recent news article in the Washington Free Beacon — an article based on information found in the U of A archives. The dean reacted by writing a letter to the Beacon, accusing the news site of violating the University’s “intellectual property rights,” demanding that it remove part or all of its news story from its website, accusing it of “blatant and willful disregard” of library policies, and informing it that it had been “officially suspended” from its archive research privileges.

This all started earlier in the week, when the Beacon published an unflattering story about Hillary Clinton’s work as a public defender during her time here in Arkansas. The story is part of the Beacon’s ongoing investigative work into Hillary’s past, in advance of her likely 2016 presidential bid. After digging through archived documents in the University of Arkansas’s library, the Beacon uncovered never-before heard audio of a conversation between Clinton and former Arkansas reporter Roy Reed in which she cracked a joke about her time defending Thomas Taylor, who had been charged with raping a 12-year-old girl.

at The Arkansas Project.