Abbie Hoffman (FBI)

JPat Brown filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: JPat Brown

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of any files the FBI has on radical activist Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman, whose death in 1989 was widely reported in the media:
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/04/19/us/abbie-hoffman-committed-suicide-using-barbiturates-autopsy-shows.html

I am a journalist, who has written about government transparency in a variety of publications, such as a the Boston Herald.
http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/opinion/op_ed/2014/10/op_ed_let_s_put_more_light_in_sunshine_law
In addition, in my capacity as editor of MuckRock, I have both written articles concerning FOIA/Public Records,
https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/mar/19/amtrak-lounge-car-complaints/
and directly overseen/commissioned articles on the topic from other journalists,
https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/26/fbi-files-congressman-dickstein-show-close-relatio/
which have in turn been written about in national publications such as the Washington Post.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/07/14/russian-menus-grapeless-jazz-salad-and-other-top-secret-cafeteria-complaints-from-inside-the-cia/

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made 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,

JPat Brown

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear JPat Brown,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or http://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

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