Anatoliy Golitsyn (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Michael Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # DOJ-AP-2016-003252; 1343167-001
Status
Rejected

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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to Anatoliy Mikhaylovich Golitsyn (Анатолий Михайлович Голицын; born August 25, 1926), a Soviet KGB defector to the United States. He was known as "Ivan Klimov" when the Soviet embassy in Helsinki, Finland as vice counsel and attache. Please include copies of and records relating to what Golitsyn described as "Memoranda to the Central Intelligence Agency" and other materials prepared for CIA. Additionally, include records relating to his books, "New Lies for Old" and "The Perestroika Deception". I am also requesting a cross-reference with KGB defector Yuri Ivanovich Nosenko and records relating to the alleged 1967 failed plot against Golitsyn by the KGB in Canada and any other attempts to assassinate, discredit or neutralize Golitsyn.

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.

Sincerely,

Michael Best

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

Dear Mr. Best,

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Michael Best

Thank you for following up on my FOIA request for records relating to Anatoliy Mikhaylovich Golitsyn, FOIA #1343167-000. The disclosure of these records is in the public interest, and many of the records outweigh the privacy concerns.

1. Anatoliy Mikhaylovich Golitsyn and information provided by him helps impeach the testimony of KGB (alleged false) defector Yuri Nosenko who testified he was responsible for Lee Harvey Oswald's files in the Soviet Union. Information provided by Yuri Nosenko was leaked to the Warren Commission and provided to subsequent governmental investigations, and has played an important role in the understanding of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald's time in the Soviet Union after defecting to Russia. Since Anatoliy Golitsyn's information impeaches Yuri Nosenko's credibility, and the affair shines light on multiple high profile government investigations into the JFK assassination and intelligence activities, it is clearly in the public interest that it be available for public review.

2. Anatoliy Golitsyn's information sheds light on KGB operations, disinformation campaigns and attempts to undermine the United States.

3. Anatoliy Golitsyn has written two extensive books (New Lies for Old and The Perestroika Deception: Memoranda to the Central Intelligence Agency) about his work with first the KGB and then CIA and FBI following his defection to the United States. Many of these details were taken, with permission from CIA, from his files and from memos that he had prepared for CIA. His publishing this information demonstrates that:

a. Mr. Golitsyn recognizes the importance of the public having this information and wishes the public to have it.
b. Mr. Golitsyn's disclosure of this information constitutes a de facto waiver of privacy for these and related issues.
c. CIA's approval signified their recognized that information about him and provided by him are relevant to the public, not damaging to national security and suitable for release.

4. Numerous scholarly books have been written that discuss Mr. Golitsyn and his work with the intelligence community, including Wedge: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11: How the Secret War between the FBI and CIA Has Endangered National Security. This, along with the books authored by Mr. Golitsyn, establish that he is a public figure. As has been noted and held up in court, “persons who have placed themselves in the public light, e.g., through politics, or voluntarily participate in the public arena have a significantly diminished privacy interest than others.”

As described above, it is in the public's interest that this information be available and therefore I ask that any fees be waived. All documents released will be published both by MuckRock and the Internet Archive's National Security collection.

Thank you again for your response for and your assistance in fulfilling my FOIA request.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://www.fbi.gov and access the (Freedom of Information Act) link at the bottom of the page, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia, or https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.

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NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Michael Best

In addition to the CRS search, I am requesting a cross-reference search and an ELSUR search.

Thank you.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to the assigned analyst for review. If appropriate, a response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the FOIPA may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Michael Best

According to the FBI website, this FOIA request was closed. However, I have not received any correspondence explaining this. If the notification was sent more than two weeks ago, please resend it - otherwise I will assume it is still in transit.

In February, I received a letter notifying me that there were issues with the FOIA request because the subject is still alive - I promptly responded with a detailed response on February 7th, but received no acknowledgment of that. Can you confirm that it was received?

Thank you!

Michael Best

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

When you check the status of this case online, please use FOIPA number 1343167-001.

Your initial request 1343167-000 was closed 03-02-2016 due to lack of response to correspondence mailed 02-01-2016.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Michael Best

Helpful mystery person,

Thank you for your response about why the request was closed and explaining that it has been re-opened with a new number.

Please note, however, that I did respond in less than a week. My response, and proof of when it was sent, can be seen at https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/anatoliy-golitsyn-federal-bureau-of-investigation-23437/#comm-223983 and https://www.muckrock.com/foi/raw_email/223983/ - both of which are time and date stamped.

Michael Best

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to the assigned analyst for review. If appropriate, a response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the FOIPA may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the exemption decision, as I believe I demonstrated that it is both in the public interest and that the subject has, by his repeated actions, demonstrated a de facto privacy waiver.

1. Anatoliy Mikhaylovich Golitsyn and information provided by him helps impeach the testimony of KGB (alleged false) defector Yuri Nosenko who testified he was responsible for Lee Harvey Oswald's files in the Soviet Union. Information provided by Yuri Nosenko was leaked to the Warren Commission and provided to subsequent governmental investigations, and has played an important role in the understanding of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald's time in the Soviet Union after defecting to Russia. Since Anatoliy Golitsyn's information impeaches Yuri Nosenko's credibility, and the affair shines light on multiple high profile government investigations into the JFK assassination and intelligence activities, it is clearly in the public interest that it be available for public review.

2. Anatoliy Golitsyn's information sheds light on KGB operations, disinformation campaigns and attempts to undermine the United States.

3. Anatoliy Golitsyn has written two extensive books (New Lies for Old and The Perestroika Deception: Memoranda to the Central Intelligence Agency) about his work with first the KGB and then CIA and FBI following his defection to the United States. Many of these details were taken, with permission from CIA, from his files and from memos that he had prepared for CIA. His publishing this information demonstrates that:

a. Mr. Golitsyn recognizes the importance of the public having this information and wishes the public to have it.
b. Mr. Golitsyn's disclosure of this information constitutes a de facto waiver of privacy for these and related issues.
c. CIA's approval signified their recognized that information about him and provided by him are relevant to the public, not damaging to national security and suitable for release.

4. Numerous scholarly books have been written that discuss Mr. Golitsyn and his work with the intelligence community, including Wedge: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11: How the Secret War between the FBI and CIA Has Endangered National Security. This, along with the books authored by Mr. Golitsyn, establish that he is a public figure. As has been noted and held up in court, “persons who have placed themselves in the public light, e.g., through politics, or voluntarily participate in the public arena have a significantly diminished privacy interest than others.”

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

05/24/2016 02:38 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2016-003252

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2016-003252 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal.

  • Best, Michael, AP-2016-003252, FBI - Affirm 6 7C Categorical-signed

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