Emails between New York Times reporters and CIA Press Office

J.K. Trotter filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2014-00633
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From: Joseph Trotter

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all electronic correspondence between August 6, 2012, and August 6, 2013, between the Office of Public Affairs of the Central Intelligence Agency and any of the following individuals: Mark Mazetti, James Risen, Scott Shane, Philip Taubman, and Jo Becker.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

J.K. Trotter

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 Aug. 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: J.K. Trotter

Ms. Meeks,

I hereby appeal the Central Intelligence Agency’s determination for this FOIA request and further request that the text of the same FOIA request be amended as follows, per your guidance on the acceptable parameters.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request:

Any and all electronic correspondence dated between August 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013, pertaining to the process or act of newsgathering about CIA activities for news reports to be published in The New York Times, between the Office of Public Affairs of the Central Intelligence Agency and any of the following individuals: Mark Mazetti, James Risen, Scott Shane, Philip Taubman, and Jo Becker.

This should satisfy your request for the “to:”, “from:”, timeframe, and subject parameters. To spell this out as clearly as possible, the records requested fall under the following parameters:

To: The Office of Public Affairs of the Central Intelligence Agency

From: Any of the following individuals: Mark Mazetti, James Risen, Scott Shane, Philip Taubman, and Jo Becker

Timeframe: Between August 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013

Subject: The process or act of newsgathering about CIA activities for news reports to be published in The New York Times

Thank you,
J.K. Trotter

From: Central Intelligence Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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 Aug. 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: J.K. Trotter

Ms. Meeks,

This correspondence pertains to my FOIA request, which you assigned a reference number of F-2014-00633, pertaining to emails between the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs and several reporters at The New York Times.

I hereby appeal your determination not to waive fees for fulfilling this request, and as requested will supply an explanation for my appeal.

You argued that my FOIA request does not meet the standards for a fee waiver “because disclosing the information you seek is not ‘likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the United States Government.’”

You do not further explain how you arrived at this determination, but in any case the CIA’s argument is manifestly unsound. Time and again, as documented in dozens of reports in the news media, officials of the Central Intelligence Agency have disclosed—under the guise of anonymity—privileged information regarding government activities to The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/us/ex-officer-for-cia-is-sentenced-in-leak-case.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/world/obamas-leadership-in-war-on-al-qaeda.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/20/us/in-major-ruling-court-orders-times-reporter-to-testify.html

Furthermore, the agency’s Office of Public Affairs has on at least two occasions actively solicited proprietary information regarding the nature and progress of news gathering activities of New York Times reporters, in attempts to steer the paper’s coverage of the agency:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/08/nyt-reporter-gave-advance-copy-of-maureen-dowd-column-133479.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/world/middleeast/a-disappearing-american-spy-and-the-cia.html

The working relationship between the Central Intelligence Agency and The New York Times—one of the most powerful and influential news media organizations on the planet—goes to heart of how the public understands “the operations or activities of the United States Government.”

My request clearly seeks to shed light on how the agency’s Office of Public Affairs attempts to shape coverage of the agency in one of the the world’s most prominent media venues. And that very activity—steering news coverage—is by definition an important, noteworthy, and eminently valuable part of understanding the operations and activities of the United States government.

I believe I have supplied a sufficient explanation for appealing your determination of my request for a fee waiver of my FOIA request, # F-2014-00633.

Please let me know about your determination of this appeal as soon as possible.

Thank you, and sincerely,

J.K. Trotter

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-00633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-00633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-00633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-00633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-00633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-00633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-00633.

Thank you for your help.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-00633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-00633.

Thank you for your help.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-01633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-01633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-01633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-01633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-01633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-01633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-01633.

Thank you for your help.

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 Aug. 6, 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 #F-2014-01633.

Thank you for your help.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

A no responsive documents response.

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