Anonymous (FBI)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1176727-000
Status
Rejected

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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records on, about, mentioning, or concerning Anonymous. Please search all records created between 1/20/2001 and the date this request is processed.

Anonymous (used as a mass noun) is a group, spread through the Internet, initiating active civil disobedience, while attempting to maintain anonymity. Originating in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan, the term refers to the the concept of many online community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, chaotic, global brain.

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,

Jason Smathers

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it will be forwarded to the Work Process Unit or a Single Station Disclosure Team for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOI/PA 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 FOI/PA 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/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. Upon receipt of an FOI/PA Request Number, you can check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and by clicking on the 'Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request' link under the (Records Available Now) section. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigations

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 17, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1176727-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request. A review of your request has determined the following:

Your request was received on [11-07-2011] and assigned FOI/PA request number # [1176727-000]. The request is presently in the Work Process Unit (WPU) or a Single Station Team (SST), where an analyst is searching for, retrieving and reviewing potentially responsive records. Correspondence will be forthcoming.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the 'Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request' link under the Records Available Now section

Additional information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

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

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 Oct. 17, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1176727-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request. A review of your request has determined the following:

Your request was received on [11-07-2011] and assigned FOI/PA request number # [1176727-000]. The request is presently in the Work Process Unit (WPU) or a Single Station Team (SST), where an analyst is searching for, retrieving and reviewing potentially responsive records. Correspondence will be forthcoming.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the 'Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request' link under the Records Available Now section

Additional information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigations

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