Emerald Onion's request about USG Tor usage 20200301 (Department of Energy)

Christopher Sheats filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
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Multi Request Emerald Onion's request about USG Tor usage 20200301
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From: Christopher Sheats

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of internal presentations, reports, studies, memorandum, or proposals created or received by Department of Energy concerning software developed by The Tor Project, Inc., including but not limited to:

- Tor
- Tor Browser
- Tor bridges
- Tor onion sites (v2 or v3, sometimes called "darkweb" or "darknet" sites)
- Tor onion services (v2 or v3, sometimes called "hidden services")
- Tor bandwidth authorities or directory authorities
- Tor pluggable transports (obfs4, meek, ScrambleSuit, etc)
- Tor relays (also known as "routers" or "nodes", sometimes called "guard", "middle", or "exit" relays)

Please limit this request to documents from 2010-January-01 through the date the search for responsive records is conducted.

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.


Christopher Sheats

From: Department of Energy

Good morning,

I checked our system and do not have a record of receiving this request. We will log it in now and begin processing.


Chris Morris
FOIA Officer
Department of Energy

From: Department of Energy

Good evening Mr. Sheats,

Please find the attached letter regarding the above-captioned FOIA request.

All the best,

Teresa A. Dixon, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. Contractor
US Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20585

From: Department of Energy

Good evening,

Thanks for reaching out regarding the above-captioned request. Our office is currently continuing to search for responsive documents to this request. I have reached out to the program offices today and will be in touch as soon as I hear back from them. Please feel free to reach out to with any additional questions.

Thank you,

From: Department of Energy


It seems we need further clarification and need to know how this is related to the Department of Energy and if you have any background info?


From: Department of Energy

Good afternoon,

Please find the attached final letter regarding the above-captioned FOIA request.

All the best,

Teresa A. Dixon