The U.S. government improperly blocked a U.S. combat veteran from including certain unclassified information in his autobiography, a federal judge ruled.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and the Defense Intelligence Agency have been locked in a court battle since 2010 when Shaffer claimed that the agency’s excessive redactions to his manuscript violated his First Amendment rights.

Shaffer claimed that much of the information in question had already been declassified and released to the public.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer settled the “long and arduous” litigation with a 22-page decision on summary judgment made public last week.

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