Government attorneys seek dismissal in Guard records case

The U.S. attorney’s office is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by four National Guard members alleging that investigative and other records pertaining to them were improperly leaked to reporters and state officials.

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In a filing Monday, government attorneys say the men haven’t established and cannot establish any disclosure of information by the U.S. Army and Alaska National Guard in violation of the federal privacy act.

Shannon Tallant, John Nieves, Jarrett Carson and Joseph Lawendowski were part of the Guard’s recruiting team. Their names appeared in news stories based on leaked investigative reports.

Their attorney has said they were singled out as part of a “smear campaign.”

A National Guard Bureau probe into allegations of wrongdoing within the Guard last year noted a “high level of misconduct” within the recruiting and retention command.