I wont paste the whole article, but this is a pretty interesting read. Dec. 8 issue As investigative reporters and oppo researchers flock to Vermont to dig into Howard Deans past, they have run into a roadblock. A large chunk of Deans records as governor are locked in a remote state warehousethe result of an aggressive legal strategy designed in part to protect Dean from political attacks. DEANWHO HAS BLASTED the Bush administration for excessive secrecycandidly acknowledged that politics was a major reason for locking up his own files when he left office last January. He told Vermont Public Radio he was putting a 10-year seal on many of his official papersfour years longer than previous Vermont governorsbecause of future political considerations... We didnt want anything embarrassing appearing in the papers at a critical time. Most of the records are open, said Dean spokeswoman Tricia Enright, adding there is absolutely not a smoking gun in those for which Dean has claimed executive privilege. Still, Deans efforts to keep official papers secret appear unusually extensive. Late last year, NEWSWEEK has learned, Deans chief counsel sent a directive to all state agencies ordering them to cull their files and remove all correspondence that bore Deans nameand ship them to the governors office to be reviewed for privilege claims. This removed a significant number of records from state files, said Michael McShane, an assistant Vermont attorney general. Whats in Howard Deans Secret Vermont files?