DOJ OLC opinions relating to NITRO ZEUS or Stuxnet

Andrew Couts filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-50
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Office of Legal Counsel opinions relating to either the Stuxnet worm (also known as "Olympic Games") specifically or the "NITRO ZEUS" program more generally. Date range: Between January 1, 2007, and January 1, 2011.

I request a fee waiver as a member of the news media. Selected examples of my work can be found here: http://muckrack.com/ericgeller/portfolio and my complete list of stories for my news organization can be found here: http://www.dailydot.com/authors/eric-geller/.

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,

Eric Geller

From: Johnson, Naisha (CONTR)

Mr. Lasser,

I received your FOIA request. In your email, you stated that you are willing to pay fees, but you did not specify an amount.

In order to being fulfilling your request, do you agree to pay at least $15.00 for processing your FOIA request?

Also, your request has been assigned a control number, HQ-2016-00501-F. Since we
receive several hundred requests a year, please use this number in any
correspondence with the Department about your request. We will send you a
subsequent letter to inform you if we need additional information or to
state where the request has been assigned to conduct a search for responsive
documents.

Thank you!

Naisha Johnson, Esq.
FOIA Analyst II
CRI Contractor
US Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-0105

From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

Hello,

I do agree to pay that processing fee. However, I also requested a fee waiver, as I am a reporter and these documents will be used to produce news coverage.

Sincerely,
Eric Geller

From: Johnson, Naisha (CONTR)

Mr. Geller,

I am a FOIA analyst with the Department of Energy and I am unable to answer your request below because it’s under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice.

I sent an email regarding a request I received from Mr. Allen Lesser of MuckRock for the following:

“Information technology (IT) department inventory records for IT equipment detailing computer hardware in possession of your agency, or any similar records. In particular, inventory reports that detail the models and manufacturers of the hardware in your agency’s possession currently and historically.”

Since Mr. Lesser is a “news media” requestor, we would only charge fees for duplication only and we provide 100 pages at no cost.

I need a written agreement from Mr. Lesser regarding the $15.00 fee.

Thank you,

Naisha Johnson, Esq.
FOIA Analyst II
CRI Contractor
US Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-0105

From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

I apologize, but I believe our wires were crossed, as this request was intended to go to a different office. Sorry about that.

From: Johnson, Naisha (CONTR)

No problem. Have a good day!

Naisha Johnson

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Geller:

Attached, please find the acknowledgement letter for your FOIA request to OLC that was assigned tracking number FY16-050.

Sincerely,
Melissa Golden, Esq.
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Justice
Please note my new last name (formerly Kassier)

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Geller:

I am working on getting an answer for you…

Sincerely,
Melissa Golden, Esq.
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Justice
Please note my new last name (formerly Kassier)

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Geller:

Attached, please find the response to your FOIA request to OLC that was assigned tracking number FY16-050.

Sincerely,
Melissa Golden, Esq.
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Justice
Please note my new last name (formerly Kassier)

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