Friday, April 18, 2014
 

FOI Request

Bitcoin and Silk Road

Requested by runa on June 13, 2012 for the Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI of United States of America

Status: Awaiting Response, past due by 1 year, 9 months


From Runa A. Sandvik on June 13, 2012:

Dear Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),

I hereby request all guidelines, presentations, policy statements, legal opinions, memoranda, briefs, training manuals, emails, records and any other documents including communications and procurements relating to "Bitcoin" and "Silk Road", created and/or modified between June 2011 and June 2012.

Silk Road is an anonymous market place for items such as drugs, drug paraphernalia, forged documents, digital goods, and computer equipment. Bitcoin, a decentralized virtual currency, is used as the transaction mechanism for all purchases.

The market place can be found on http://silkroadvb5piz3r.onion/ (previous location was http://ianxz6zefk72ulzz.onion/), a site that can only be accessed by using Tor from https://www.torproject.org/.

Gawker wrote about Silk Road and Bitcoin in June 2011: http://gawker.com/5805928/the-underground-website-where-you-can-buy-any-drug-imaginable

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,

Runa A. Sandvik

 
From Federal Bureau of Investigation on June 22, 2012:

Acknowledgement Letter
Acknowledgement Letter
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An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.
 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Aug. 14, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on Aug. 16, 2012:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

The FOIPA request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the responsive records will be forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release of responsive records will be made. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review and/or corrections which may delay the release.

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 under the FOIA Index located on the right side of the page. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Sept. 15, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on Sept. 19, 2012:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

The FOIPA request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the responsive records will be forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release of responsive records will be made. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review and/or corrections which may delay the release.

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 under the FOIA Index located on the right side of the page. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Oct. 19, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on Oct. 22, 2012:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

The FOIPA request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the responsive records will be forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release of responsive records will be made. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review and/or corrections which may delay the release.

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 under the FOIA Index located on the right side of the page. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Nov. 21, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on Nov. 25, 2012:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

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

Your request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back to further review which may delay the release.

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. Online status reports are updated weekly.

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.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Jan. 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on Jan. 15, 2013:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

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

Your request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back to further review which may delay the release.

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. Online status reports are updated weekly.

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.

 
From Federal Bureau of Investigation to Runa A. Sandvik on Jan. 24, 2013:

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

Interim Response
Interim Response
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From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Feb. 23, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on Feb. 25, 2013:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

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

The request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click on the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated weekly.

Additional information regarding the FOI/PA is available at http://www.fbi.gov/. If you require further assistance please contact me.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on April 4, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on April 4, 2013:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

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

The request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click on the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated weekly.

Additional information regarding the FOI/PA is available at http://www.fbi.gov/. If you require further assistance please contact me.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on May 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on May 16, 2013:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

Please check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request at: http://www.fbi.gov (Freedom of information Act link), http://www.fbi.gov/foia or http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps and follow the instructions below.

CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST

Find status of FOIPA−Last updated on May 15, 2013 7:01 am
Please enter the whole FOI/PA number- Example: 1234567-000

FOIPA: [Enter FOIPA Request Number Here] and click [Submit]

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA - 1234567-000

Case Type - FOIPA

Process Description (will display the current progress of request)

NOTE: Recent requests are entered into FDPS in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status online, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online status database. Status information is updated weekly. At this time, closed requests are not available.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on June 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on June 17, 2013:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

Please check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request at: http://www.fbi.gov (Freedom of information Act link), http://www.fbi.gov/foia or http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps and follow the instructions below.

CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST

Find status of FOIPA−Last updated on June 13 2013. Please enter the whole FOI/PA number- Example: 1234567-000

FOIPA: [Enter FOIPA Request Number Here] and click [Submit]

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA - 1234567-000

Case Type - FOIPA

Process Description (will display the current progress of request)

NOTE: Recent requests are entered into FDPS in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status online, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online status database. Status information is updated weekly. At this time, closed requests are not available.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on July 17, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on July 17, 2013:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

Please check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request at: http://www.fbi.gov (Freedom of information Act link), http://www.fbi.gov/foia or http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps and follow the instructions below.

CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST

Find status of FOIPA−Last updated on July 17, 2013. Please enter the whole FOI/PA number- Example: 1234567-000

FOIPA: [Enter FOIPA Request Number Here] and click [Submit]

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA - 1193089-000

Case Type - FOIPA

Process Description (will display the current progress of request)

NOTE: Recent requests are entered into FDPS in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status online, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online status database. Status information is updated weekly. At this time, closed requests are not available.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Aug. 16, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on Aug. 19, 2013:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

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

The request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click on the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated weekly.

If you require further assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Sept. 18, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Sobonya, David P. to Runa A. Sandvik on Sept. 18, 2013:

Dear Runa Sandvik,

Here is a screen shot of your online status which is available at http://www.fbi.gov/foia. Status updates are done on a weekly basis.

Check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request
If your FOIPA Number is 11195846-0 please enter 11195846-000 into the system. If your FOIPA number is 11195846-1 please enter 11195846-001 into the system.
Find status of FOIPA−Last updated on Sep. 18, 2013 6:03 am
Please enter the whole FOI/PA number- Example: 1234567-000
FOIPA:
Result
FOIPA
1193089-000
Case Type
FOIPA
Process Description
The FBI's FOIPA Program is processing your request in accordance to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts guidelines.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Oct. 18, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Minor, Jessica L. to Runa A. Sandvik on Oct. 21, 2013:

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

The request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click on the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated weekly.

Additional information regarding the FOI/PA is available at http://www.fbi.gov/. If you require further assistance please contact me.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Nov. 20, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Dec. 20, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Minor, Jessica L. to Runa A. Sandvik on Dec. 23, 2013:

Please check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request at: http://www.fbi.gov (Freedom of information Act link), http://www.fbi.gov/foia or http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps and follow the instructions below.
Check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request
If your FOIPA Number is 11195846-0 please enter 11195846-000 into the system. If your FOIPA number is 11195846-1 please enter 11195846-001 into the system.
Find status of FOIPA−Last updated on December 18, 2013
Please enter the whole FOI/PA number- Example: 1234567-000
FOIPA:
Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:
FOIPA
1234567-000
Case Type
FOIPA
Process Description (will display the current progress of request)
The FBI's FOIPA Program is searching the FBI's indices for potentially responsive documents. You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.
NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status online, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online status database. Status information is updated weekly. At this time, closed requests are not available.
Thank you,

Jessica L. Minor
Legal Administrative Specialist / Public Information Officer
FBI-Record Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843

 
From Runa A. Sandvik to Federal Bureau of Investigation on Jan. 30, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the two FOIA requests mentioned below, originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

According to the policy memorandum linked below, the FBI-Record Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) is obligated to provide FOIA requesters with estimated dates of completion when prompted for this information.

1. FOIPA Request No.: 1193089-000 with subject "Bitcoin (all miscellaneous documents - 6/2011-6/2012)".
2. FOIPA Request No.: 1193094-000 with subject "Silk Road (all miscellaneous documents - 6/2011-6/2012)".

RIDS policy memorandum: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/399681-2012-07-09-d-1st-hardy-decl-ex-k-eta-policy.html

Sincerely,

Runa A. Sandvik

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI on March 1, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
From MuckRock.com to Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI on March 31, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 13, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1193089-000.

Thank you for your help.

 
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  • Interim Response
 
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