David John Moore Cornwell (1935 – 2020)

T. McElwee filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: T. McElwee

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All records mentioning, concerning, or communicating with the late David John Moore Cornwell (October 19, 1931 – December 12, 2020), a Britsh novelist writing under the pen name John le Carré. Please search for both the given name Cornwell as well as the pen name le Carré.

Cornwell's death was widely reported in 2020 (see attachment); these records should thus be assumed to have diminished privacy interests from the FOIA Exemption 6, 7(C) as well as the Privacy Act.

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, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names, individuals, agencies and companies.

If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that the Bureau has no other copies of said records.

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.


T. McElwee

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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