Defense Commissary Agency (WikiLeaks)

Alexa O'Brien filed this request with the Defense Commissary Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-30
Status
Completed

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From: Alexa O'Brien

November 27, 2013

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter constitutes a request under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552, and is submitted on behalf of journalist Alexa O’Brien.

I seek any and all documents in the Defense Commissary Agency’s possession that pertain to the WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date.

I am a “representative of the news media” for fee waiver purposes. See Project on Military Procurement v. Department of the Navy, 710 F. Supp. 362, 363, 365 (D.C.D. 1989). My work has been published in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian UK, Salon, and featured by PBS Frontline, On The Media and Public Radio International. Based on my status as a “news media” requester, I am entitled to receive the requested record with only duplication fees asserted. Further, because disclosure of this information will “contribute greatly to the public understanding of the operation or activities of the government,” duplication fees should be waived.

There is a compelling need for the requested documents such that expedited processing is appropriate. I am engaged in disseminating information. There exists an urgent need to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity. As 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(E)(ii)(I) provides, I will anticipate your determination on our request within ten (10) calendar days.

I requests that in the event that access to any of the requested records is denied pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(b), I be provided with all non-exempt portions which are reasonably segregable. I further request that you describe the deleted material in detail and specify the statutory basis for the denial as well as your reasons for believing that the alleged statutory justification applies in this instance. Please separately state your reasons for not invoking your discretionary powers to release the requested documents. Such statements will be helpful in deciding whether to appeal an adverse determination, and in formulating arguments in case an appeal is taken. I reserve my right to appeal the withholding or deletion of any information and expect that you will list the office and address were such an appeal can be sent.

I requests that documents responsive to this request be provided to me in electronic format on a CD-ROM.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this request.

Sincerely,

Alexa O’Brien

From: DeSantis, Camillo R CIV (US) DeCA HQ GC

Alexa O'Brien
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 9272
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Ms. O'Brien,

Please be advised that your Freedom of Information Act request for
records pertaining to Wikileaks has been received. Your request has
been assigned Control Number 14-30 for reference purposes.

Your request will be processed as expeditiously as possible. However,
please be aware that the final response time will be determined by such
factors as the complexity of the request, the availability of resources,
the coordination between offices to include consultation among DoD
components, etc.

Further, please allow this correspondence to serve notice, as required
by 5 USC 552 (a)(6)(A)(i), that the Defense Commissary Agency intends to
comply with and process your request thus satisfying the statutory
20-day time limit in which to provide such a determination.

If you have any questions with regard to your request, please do not
hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Camillo R. DeSantis
Freedom of Information Act Officer
Office of General Counsel
Defense Commissary Agency
804-734-8000 Ext. 4-8116

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-30.

Thank you for your help.

From: DeSantis, Camillo R CIV (US) DeCA HQ GC

Good Morning Ms. O'Brien,

No further clarification is needed. The Agency continues to review its records systems with regard to your request. Honestly, I cannot give you a date upon which you might receive a response but I believe the systems search is nearly complete.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,

Camillo R. DeSantis
Freedom of Information Act Officer
Office of General Counsel
Defense Commissary Agency
804-734-8000 Ext. 4-8116

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-30.

Thank you for your help.

From: DeSantis, Camillo R CIV (US) DeCA HQ GC

Alexa O'Brien
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 9272
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Via e-mail to: requests@muckrock.com

Dear Ms. O'Brien,

Your Freedom of Information Act request for copies of records pertaining to "Wikileaks" has been processed. A through search of Defense Commissary Agency records has been completed and a copy of those documents responsive to your request are attached.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or require any additional information.

Sincerely,

Camillo R. DeSantis
Freedom of Information Act Request
Office of General Counsel
Defense Commissary Agency
804-734-8000 Ext. 4-8116

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