Diplomatic Intercepts - Nationalist China

Paul Galante filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

RF-108

1466211-000

Due June 8, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Paul Galante


To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of FBI file 65-HQ-62736, on the interception of diplomatic communications from the Nationalist Chinese (Taiwan) government during World War II.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, 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. If previously released records are available, then I request a rolling release consisting of those records while additional records are located and processed for release.

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,

Paul Galante

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Respectfully,

Public Information Officer
FBI - Information Management Division
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602
O: (540) 868-4593
F: (540) 868-4391
E: foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of FBI file 65-HQ-62736, on the interception of diplomatic communications from the Nationalist Chinese (Taiwan) government during World War II.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, 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. If previously released records are available, then I request a rolling release consisting of those records while additional records are located and processed for release.

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,

Paul Galante

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Mr. Galante:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [Privacy
Act] request to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) via
email to *FOIA@nara.gov* <FOIA@nara.gov>. We received your request on
July 6, 2020. Your request concerns an FBI file.

This office handles FOIA and Privacy Act requests for the National Archives
and Records Administration's *operational *records (records created by this
agency). Your request is for *archival* records (records created by or
originated in a different agency, but that may have been transferred to the
legal custody of NARA) to which access is restricted. Therefore, we have
forwarded it to our *Office of Research Services, Special Access and FOIA*
staff who handle FOIA requests for such archival records.

That office will assign your request a tracking number, and respond
directly to you. In the future, if you need to follow up with that office,
please contact them at the address below, or electronically via email.

The National Archives and Records Administration
Special Access and FOIA Staff (RF)
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740

By phone: 301-837-3190
By fax: 301-837-1864
By email: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov

For your reference, a copy of your request is below. In the future, please
send all FOIA requests for FBI files at NARA directly to Special Access and
FOIA at their email address above.

Please visit our website at www.archives.gov/foia for information about
when and how to file a FOIA request with NARA. On our main website,
www.archives.gov, you can learn more about the resources that we offer to
the public, and access our online catalog.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pursuant to guidance received from the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal
operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work
while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of
our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may
experience a delay in receiving a substantive response to your FOIA
request. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your
understanding and patience.

Thank you for contacting the National Archives.

Sincerely,
Susan Gillett
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001
susan.gillett@nara.gov

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From: requests@muckrock.com <
requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 12:23 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #1466211-000
To: <FOIA@nara.gov>

Federal Bureau of Investigation
FOIA Office
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843

July 6, 2020

This is a follow up to request number 1466211-000:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of FBI file 65-HQ-62736, on the interception of diplomatic
communications from the Nationalist Chinese (Taiwan) government during
World War II.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not
limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, 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. If
previously released records are available, then I request a rolling release
consisting of those records while additional records are located and
processed for release.

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,

Paul Galante

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On June 18, 2020:
Subject:
A no responsive documents response.
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On June 8, 2020:
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Diplomatic Intercepts -
Nationalist China
Thank you for contacting foipaquestions@fbi.gov. Please check the status of
your FOIPA Request at http://vault.fbi.gov by clicking on "Check Status of
Your FOI/PA Request" on the right side of the page, and follow the
instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request
If your FOIPA Number is [1234567-0] please enter [1234567-000] into the
system. If your FOIPA Number is [1234567-1] please enter [1234567-001] into
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Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:
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Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)
The FBI's FOIPA Program is searching the FBI's indices for potentially
responsive documents.
You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation
issues that may apply.

NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that
they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received
correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information
transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly.
If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database
will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and
appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

Estimated Dates of Completion
Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our
multi-track processing system. Requests are divided into two primary
tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and
complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Complex
requests are further divided into medium, large, and extra-large sub-tracks
based upon request size. Simple track requests typically require the least
amount of time to process. Currently, simple track cases average
approximately 138 days from the date of receipt for processing. Our complex
requests in the medium processing track are currently averaging 571 days,
large processing track are currently averaging approximately 1,289 days,
and extra-large processing track are currently averaging 1,649 days for
processing.

Respectfully,

Public Information Officer
FBI - Information Management Division
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602
O: (540) 868-4593
F: (540) 868-4391
E: foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at
http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at
https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps Status updates are performed on
a weekly basis.

Note: This is a non-emergency email address. If this is an emergency,
please call 911 directly. If you need to report a tip for immediate action,
please contact FBI Tips at http://tips.fbi.gov/ or reach out to your local
field office.

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On May 8, 2020:
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: Diplomatic Intercepts -
Nationalist China

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of FBI file 65-HQ-62736, on the interception of diplomatic
communications from the Nationalist Chinese (Taiwan) government during
World War II.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not
limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, 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. If
previously released records are available, then I request a rolling release
consisting of those records while additional records are located and
processed for release.

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,

Paul Galante

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PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Paul Galante,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request for records in the
custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. Due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to process FOIA requests according to
our normal procedures. We have assigned your request the temporary tracking
number RF-108. When we resume normal operations, we will log requests into
our system in the order they were received. At that time, we will provide
you with a new FOIA tracking number and a more substantive response. We
apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and
patience.

Sincerely,
Brigitte Flynn
Special Access & FOIA Staff

From:

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We have received your request and will respond within 20 working days. Please note that submitting duplicate requests will increase wait times.

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Thank you.

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Thank you.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Paul Galante,

I am writing in response to your request for an updated status on the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request received by this office for
records in the custody of the National Archives and Records
Administration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to
provide status updates for FOIA requests. Your request has been logged in
the order that it was received. We will send you another email with more
information once normal operations have begun.

The National Archives is committed to the health and safety of both our
visitors and staff. At this time, we have not returned to normal operations
and staff only have limited access to our building and records. We do not
yet have a date as to when normal operations will resume. For updates on
our operating status during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our website
at: https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your continued
understanding and patience.

Sincerely,
Brigitte Flynn
Special Access and FOIA Staff

From:

This is an automated reply to inform you that the National Archives and Records Administration received your e-mail.

We have received your request and will respond within 20 working days. Please note that submitting duplicate requests will increase wait times.

If you have any questions, you can call our office at 301-837-3190. You can also visit our web page at www.archives.gov/research/foia.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requesters

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

Thank you.

From:

This is an automated reply to inform you that the National Archives and Records Administration received your e-mail.

We have received your request and will respond within 20 working days. Please note that submitting duplicate requests will increase wait times.

If you have any questions, you can call our office at 301-837-3190. You can also visit our web page at www.archives.gov/research/foia.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requesters

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

Thank you.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Paul Galante:

You submitted a request to the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA) for FBI File 65-HQ-62736 on July 6, 2020. We assigned your request
temporary tracking number RF-108. RF-108 is your temporary NARA FOIA
Tracking Number. Please refer to this number in correspondence regarding
your request.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NARA is not able to process FOIA requests
according to our normal procedures, nor are we able to provide status
updates for FOIA requests. Once normal operating procedures resume, we will
provide you with a response to your request. We apologize for this
inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

Just to clarify, this is the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA), Special Access and FOIA Program (RF). Although NARA does have
custody of a large number of historical FBI records, this is not the FBI
FOIA Office. If you are trying to reach the FBI FOIA Office, you will need
to contact them directly.

Sincerely,

Megan Dwyre
Special Access and FOIA Program (RF)
National Archives at College Park, MD

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Paul Galante:

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
of July 6, 2020, for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration. Your request was received in this office on July 6,
2020, and assigned FOIA tracking number 64221, interim tracking number
RF-108. You also requested a waiver for reproduction fees ordinarily
charged to researchers.

Records transferred to the custody of the National Archives are exempt from
the fee and fee waiver provisions of the Freedom of Information Act because
a fee schedule was in effect prior to enactment. The applicable section
states that “nothing in this subparagraph shall supersede fees chargeable
under a statute specifically providing for setting the level of fees for
particular types of records” (5 U.S.C. 552 (a)(4)(A)(vi)). The relevant fee
statute authorizes the National Archives “to charge a fee for making or
authenticating copies or reproductions of materials transferred to the
Archivist’s custody.” (44 U.S.C. 2116(c)). The inability to grant the
requested fee waiver does not constitute a denial under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act.

You requested access to FBI case file 65-HQ-62736 on interception of
diplomatic communications from the Nationalist Chinese (Taiwan) government
during World War II. My initial assessment is that “Unknown Subject” is
the subject of the file, created between June 1954 and October 1963, and
consists of an estimated 150 pages.

These records require review for information protected from release under
the FOIA (https://www.archives.gov/foia/foia-guide#determine).

Your request does not exceed 700 pages, so it is assigned to our first-tier
processing queue. Taking into consideration our existing backlog, we
estimate it will take 39 months to complete processing.

Once we notify you that processing is complete, you may either visit our
College Park, MD facility to view the file at no cost, or order a
reproduction. Our current fee for reproductions is 80 cents per page, so we
estimate the total cost will be $120.

You must notify this office of changes to your contact information. If
communication is returned as undeliverable and no return address is
provided, your case will be administratively closed. To change your contact
information or to track the status of your request, please email
specialaccess_foia@nara.gov or call 301-837-3190. Please include your FOIA
tracking number in all communications concerning this request.

If you are not satisfied with our action on this request and would like the
opportunity to discuss our response, you may contact our FOIA Public
Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

FOIA Public Liaison: Michael Marquis

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

301-837-3190

If you have other questions regarding your request, please contact me
directly.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Coon
Archivist
Special Access and FOIA Program (RF)

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

stephanie.coon@nara.gov

301-837-1604

https://www.archives.gov/research/foia

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Paul Galante,

I am writing in response to your request for an updated status on the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request received by this office for
records in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. Due
to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to provide status updates for
FOIA requests. Once normal operating procedures resume, we will provide you
with a response to your status update request. We apologize for this
inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
Please note that an estimated completion time frame was provided in an
email to you last month when your request was triaged: *"Your request does
not exceed 700 pages, so it is assigned to our first-tier processing queue.
Taking into consideration our existing backlog, we estimate it will take 39
months to complete processing."*
Sincerely,
Brigitte Flynn
Special Access & FOIA Staff

From:

This is an automated reply to inform you that the National Archives and Records Administration received your email.

We have received your request and will respond within 20 working days. Please note that submitting duplicate requests will increase wait times.

If you have any questions, you can call our office at 301-837-3190. You can also visit our web page at www.archives.gov/research/foia.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requesters

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

Thank you.

From:

This is an automated reply to inform you that the National Archives and Records Administration received your email.

We have received your request and will respond within 20 working days. Please note that submitting duplicate requests will increase wait times.

If you have any questions, you can call our office at 301-837-3190. You can also visit our web page at www.archives.gov/research/foia.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requesters

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

Thank you.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Paul Galante,

I am writing in response to your request for an updated status on the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request received by this office for
records in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to provide status updates for
FOIA requests. Once normal operating procedures resume, we will provide you
with a response to your status update request. We apologize for this
inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
Sincerely,
Megan Dwyre
Special Access and FOIA Program

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