CIA Business Sabotage Manual

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The 1944 CIA manual which included instructions on sabotaging companies. Instructions from the manual are also foud on Intellipedia, and have been publicly disclosed and discussed in Computerworld's CIA Explains Intellipedia
article by By Heather Havenstein on June 10, 2008. It is described as suggesting "that agents encourage companies to use channels to make decisions, and when possible refer matters to committees for further study and consideration. Companies will face further strife when spies within encourage haggling over the precise wording of communications."

The requested documents 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 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.


Michael Best

From: Michael Best

To clarify: the manual was allegedly written in 1944, which would have been during the OSS days. However, the manual continued to be used by CIA and is (or was) partially referenced on an Intellipedia page, as described in the original request. I hope that this information and clarification will enable you to quickly find the manual.

Thank you.

From: Michael Best

It is labeled the "Simple Sabotage Field Manual."

From: Central Intelligence Agency

A no responsive documents response.

From: Michael Best

Many OSS materials remain in CIA hands. This item itself is available on CIA's website at A search must be performed, and the document must be provided.

Please ensure all FOIA officers do their jobs and actually search for materials. It's incredibly frustrating when they don't make even a perfunctory effort.

Thank you.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

A letter stating that the request appeal has been rejected.