|Submitted||Jan. 26, 2021|
|Due||Feb. 24, 2021|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
A copy of FBI files on Adrian Lamo, a known federal informant, whose death was widely reported in the media on March 14, 2018.
Records relating to or mentioning Adrian Lamo, also known as Adrián Alfonso Lamo Atwood, or Adrián Lamo, or R. Adrián Lamo, or "The Homeless Hacker" (Born February 20, 1981 – Died March 14, 2018). Adrian Lamo was born in Malden, Massachusetts on February 20, 1981
and has been reported deceased in Wichita, Kansas on March 14, 2018. Major media outlets across America as of March 14, 2018 have reported his death including The Wichita Eagle: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article205629184.html and follow up article https://www.kansas.com/latest-news/article210989594.html
Please conduct searches of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the SENTINEL system, FBI email system, the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Records System, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, Counter-drug Information Indices System (CIIS), Investigative Data Warehouse (IDW) including but not limited to Investigative Data Warehouse - Secret, IDW-S Core, SPT, and DOCLAB-S, FBI Automated Case Support system (ACS), subset of the Electronic Case File (ECF) system, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), Interstate Photo System (IPS) and/or Facial Recognition Databases such as those used by FACE (Facial Analysis, Comparison, and Evaluation) specialists, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications and/or Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) record filings, for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names, individuals, agencies and companies. Please further consult all available cross-reference indices, databases, and records, in addition to any other data sources containing potentially-responsive materials related to Adrian Lamo.
It is my understanding that Mr. Adrian Lamo's DNA is on file in the CODIS database, as well as his fingerprints in the IAFIS database, are held by the FBI due to the very public court battle on the matter as published by Wired in 2007: https://www.wired.com/2007/06/hacker-adrian-l/
Please include all potentially responsive materials, including but not limited to all communications, reports, investigations, inquiries, audio files, photographs or image files, video files, memos, email systems, directives, network packet captures, meeting minute notes, calendar entries, and any other data or data format that is used by the FBI. Please include all materials found in other subject files and all materials associated with any potentially-related names and any other known aliases, code names, nicknames, or any other identifying pseudonyms or references utilized by this agency or any other agency that is known to the FBI. Please additionally include searches for inter-agency or non-agency communications accessible by the FBI about Adrian Lamo.
If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that the Bureau has no other copies of said records. If previously released records are available, then I request a rolling release consisting of those records while additional records are located and processed for release.
It is my understanding that your agency is required to search the records stored at NARA’s Washington Records Center in Suitland, MD, which remain technically under your agency’s control (see 36 CFR 1250.8). Please also conduct a search of records at NARA's Washington Records Center in Suitland, for records related to Adrian Lamo.
Furthermore, I request the FOIA log and copies of all other requests for information on Adrian Lamo including the responsive documents.
Mr. Adrian Lamo was a controversial public figure. This request is a critical part of a journalistic research project which requires the responsive documents for informing the public.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, 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.
There are eFOIA files available for you to download.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 26, 2021. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response. You had assigned it reference number #1488234-000.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Thank you for contacting email@example.com. Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://vault.fbi.gov by clicking on “Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request” on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions below.
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If your FOIPA Number is [1234567-0] please enter [1234567-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1234567-1] please enter [1234567-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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COVID-19 Impact: RIDS resumed full staffing on April 12, 2021. Commensurate with the return of full staffing levels, RIDS will being increasing its FOIA processing production. While RIDS will make its best efforts to meet increased production goals, this increased production rate may be negatively impacted by COVID-19 workplace disruptions. As a result, estimated dates of completion for Freedom of Information Act requests were impacted and you can expect lengthened response timelines. Please note that these are estimates, and these timelines may change as this national emergency evolves. The FBI remains committed to fulfilling your FOIPA request in the timeliest manner possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.