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FOI Request

Bitcoin and Silk Road

Requested by runa on June 14, 2012 for the Drug Enforcement Administration of United States of America and rejected on Oct. 2, 2012

Status: Rejected


From Runa A. Sandvik on June 14, 2012:

Dear Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),

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 in DEA offices located in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New England, New York, Miami, St. Louis, and Washington DC.

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 Drug Enforcement Administration on June 22, 2012:

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A letter stating the request has been received.
 
From MuckRock.com to Drug Enforcement Administration 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 14, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From DEA.FOIA to Runa A. Sandvik on Aug. 15, 2012:

For all status updates and/or questions, please contact the DEA Freedom of Information Hotline on 202-307-7596.

 
From MuckRock.com to Drug Enforcement Administration on Sept. 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 14, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From DEA.FOIA to Runa A. Sandvik on Sept. 14, 2012:

For all status updates and/or questions, please contact the DEA Freedom of Information Hotline on 202-307-7596.

 
From Drug Enforcement Administration on Oct. 2, 2012:

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The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.
 
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