70s era visit by Saddam Hussein to Stalin Museum

Robert Delaware filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
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From: Robert Delaware

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

I am certain that I was watching an episode of the Charlie Rose television program, where a biographer of Saddam Hussein detailed a visit by Saddam Hussein to the Joseph Stalin museum in Gori, Georgia, in the 1970s. I am requesting any documentation of this event, whether it be diplomatic cables, photographs, archived press reports (in any language), or any materials which either substantiates or refutes this belief.

Considering that Saddam's dead (we all remember the shaky cellphone footage) and that Saddam's brutality was a major contributor to the 2003 war with Iraq, I believe that the release of this information will significantly contribute to our understanding of the reasoning behind the United State's decision to go to war with his regime.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Robert Delaware

From: Robert Delaware

Make that Saddam's death, pardon the typo.

From: FOIA Request

Dear Mr. Delaware,

Because of the time frame of the records you are seeking it is likely that the records have been transferred to NARA.

The records you seek may no longer be in the possession of the State Department. The majority of Department of State records (excluding passport and visa records) that are 25 years or older and considered to be permanent are transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in accordance with Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 171.6. Accordingly, requests for such records should be addressed to:

FOIA Officer
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 3110
College Park, MD 20740
Telephone: (301) 837-FOIA (3642)
FAX: (301) 837-0293
E-mail: foia@nara.gov<mailto:foia@nara.gov>
http://www.archives.gov/foia/index.html

Would you like us to continue processing your request or would you prefer to withdraw and reach out to NARA instead? Thank you.

Sincerely,
Requester Communications Branch

From: Department of State

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been accepted.

From: Robert Delaware

Muckrock - could this be transferred over to NARA?

From: FOIA Request

Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox for reply.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Delaware - No, you will have to make a separate FOIA request to NARA for the records you seek.

Thank you,
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

I am certain that I was watching an episode of the Charlie Rose television program, where a biographer of Saddam Hussein detailed a visit by Saddam Hussein to the Joseph Stalin museum in Gori, Georgia, in the 1970s. I am requesting any documentation of this event, whether it be diplomatic cables, photographs, archived press reports (in any language), or any materials which either substantiates or refutes this belief.

Considering that Saddam's dead (we all remember the shaky cellphone footage) and that Saddam's brutality was a major contributor to the 2003 war with Iraq, I believe that the release of this information will significantly contribute to our understanding of the reasoning behind the United State's decision to go to war with his regime.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Robert Delaware

From: David Langbart

Dear Mr. Delaware:

This is in response to your December 4, 2014, Freedom of Information Act
request (#44833) about Department of State records relating to a visit by
Saddam Hussein to the Joseph Stalin Museum. We received your request on
[insert date].

Your request consists of a stated topic rather than describing specific
documents, and therefore is not reasonably specific enough for us to be in
a position to easily locate documents responsive to your request. Given
the volume and arrangement of the Department of State's records, we are
unable to conduct a search without a more precise date (within a 10-day
period).

We do not consider this response a denial under the Freedom of Information
Act because we cannot determine without more specific information whether
the records you have requested exist.

This concludes the processing of your request. If you are able to provide
a more precise date, we will be happy to reopen this case.

If you consider this an adverse response, you may appeal by writing to the
Deputy Archivist (ND), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi
Road, College Park, Maryland, 20740-6001, and explain why you think our
search does not meet the requirements of the FOIA. Please note "Freedom of
Information Act Appeal" in the subject line of your email and be sure to
include your case number. Appeals must be received within 60 days of the
date of this communication.

Sincerely,
DAVID A. LANGBART
Textual Records Division
National Archives at College Park, MD

david.langbart@nara.gov
www.archives.gov

RDT2 15-09548

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