CIA file on professional wrestling events in North Korea

David Bixenspan filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2016-02160
Status
Rejected

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From: David Bixenspan

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I should be categorized as a media requester. This request is part of my reporting process, and I will use the materials in my coverage (for various outlets including VICE, Wrestling Observer, Fighting Spirit Magazine, and Death & Taxes) of news in the public interest. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the CIA file on the April 28-29, 1995 professional wrestling event in Pyongyang, North Korea and any related case files having to do with American citizens going on the trip to these shows. Last year, Sports Illustrated did a feature on the event speaking to many of the wrestlers involved: http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2015/04/27/muhammad-ali-ric-flair-oral-history-pro-wrestling-north-korea

Please provide not just main file records, but also the CIA equivalent of the FBI's cross-reference records and ELSUR search results/products of such search results, as well as all records of past requests and denials for records pertaining to this case file. For anything not produced, please send a proper Vaughn Index.

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.

Sincerely,

David Bixenspan

From: Central Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.

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