|Submitted||July 14, 2018|
|Due||Aug. 10, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Any and all documents and materials (such as files,reports,photographs,videos recordings,audio recordings ect..) be they electronic or otherwise regarding:
'Banca Nazionale del Lavoro' (BNL) whis has been a subsidiary of 'BNP Paribas' since 2006.
The bank was involved in a major political scandal (dubbed 'Iraq-gate' by the US media) when it was revealed in 1989 that the Atlanta, Georgia branch of the bank was making unauthorized loans of more than US $4.5 billion to Iraq. Many of the loans that the branch made were guaranteed by the United States Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation program. The loans were originally intended to finance agricultural exports to Iraq, but were diverted by Iraq to buy weapons. The branch manager, Christopher P. Drogoul, indicated that the bank's headquarters office was aware of these loans, but senior bank official denied this. Drogoul pleaded guilty to three felony charges and served 33 months in federal prison.
The requested material 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 requested documents sent electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or sent via CD-ROM if not.
Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the ELSUR Records System, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, the data management system (EDMS) and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant places,names,individuals,agencies and companies.
An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.