'Game of Thrones': Journalist Files FOIA Request for President Obama's Season 6 Screeners

Following the news that POTUS will receive the HBO series' episodes early, a features writer asked that he "share his advance screeners" with the public in advance of the April 24 premiere.
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A day following the April 13 news that President Obama will receive early screeners of the highly anticipated Game of Thrones season six episodes, a journalist requested through the Freedom of Information Act that he "share his advance screeners" with the public.

Though HBO announced in early March that no members of the press will receive advance screeners, unlike in past seasons, a journalist is still trying. On Friday, Vanessa Golembewski revealed in a Refinery 29 article titled "Only Obama Gets Game of Thrones Screeners, So I Filed an FOIA Request for Them" that an FOIA request was filed on Thursday in an attempt to obtain the episodes.

During an interview at the Game of Thrones season six Hollywood screening premiere, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed that Obama requested and will receive the advance copies. "He's the leader of the free world," Weiss reasoned, with Benioff adding, "When the commander in chief says, 'I want to see advanced episodes,' what are you going to do?"

Upon learning that Obama would come to know the fate of three of the show's stars before the rest of the waiting global audience, Golembewski reasoned in the application: "If the president — and by extension, our government — is in possession of a file, surely that file is subject to my request to see it as a U.S. citizen." In the "description" section of her web application, Golembewski penned, "I would like President Obama to share his advance screeners for Game of Thrones with the public" and filed "$0" as the amount of fees she would be willing to pay for the information.

Currently, the request is in the "submitted" stage and must undergo "evaluation," "assignment" and "processing" to receive notice of approval or denial before it is "closed." 

Game of Thrones is set to return to HBO on April 24.

 

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