Angela Merkel NSA request

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 77494
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

Communications

From: National Security Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the Freedom of Information request #77494, copied below, originally submitted on April 10, 2014. I have not received any substantive update on this request in several months. Please advise.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thank you for your help.

From: National Security Agency

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77494.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern -

In the NSA's fee letter for FOIA #77494A — dated 2 Sept 2015 — the agency has categorized me as an "all other" requester. This is incorrect, as I have submitted this request in my capacity as a journalist who has covered national security extensively.

Here is a selection of my published articles on MuckRock:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/12/how-843-lbs-seized-pot-lead-customs-and-border-pro/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/mar/03/us-marshals-service-conceal-key-details-millions-s/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/12/fbi-and-justice-department-cant-find-drone-privacy/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/22/air-force-knows-how-many-mq-9-drones-it-wants-cant/

I have also been published in a number of other national media outlets:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-us-spent-360-million-on-border-drones-thanks-to-this-flimsy-report

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-air-force-says-it-needs-precisely-52-new-reaper-drones-cant-explain-why

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

www.betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/05/nypd-social-media-policy-allows-catfishing-with-the-proper-paperwork.html

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/03/the-pentagon-finally-details-its-weapons-for-cops-giveaway

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://news.vice.com/article/fbi-agent-who-killed-boston-bombing-suspects-friend-was-twice-accused-of-police-brutality

In the light of the above, please change my classification to "media" requester, and adjust the fee estimate for this request accordingly.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
Reporter, MuckRock

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all correspondence with Angela Merkel or her staff as well as with the White House regarding requests for information the NSA has on Ms. Merkel.

Per the Guardian: " a spokesperson for the German interior ministry confirmed that Merkel's government had submitted an official request on 24 October [2013]."

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: National Security Agency

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

This responds to your recent request for a status update for case 77494. As you may recall your case has been assigned to a Case Office and is pending search for responsive material. You were provided an estimate of search fees, after which you submitted an appeal regarding your fee category. That appeal is still processing with the NSA appeals team. Therefore we are unable to continue processing until the appeal has been fully adjudicated by the NSA Appeal Authority. You may contact the NSA Appeals team for any further updates to the appeal at foia_appeal_status@nsa.gov or call 301-688-6527.

Thank you for your patience,

Cindy B
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

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