Encrypted Venona MDR

Emma North-Best filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America .
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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

This is a request for a mandatory declassification review (MDR), under the terms of Executive Order 13526 of the following records: Encrypted and untranslated copies of messages which were examined by the February 1943 project later codenamed VENONA and ended on October 1st 1980. The decrypted and translated records have been released and posted to the NSA's website, and neither the decryption method (a One Time Pad was repeatedly used, allowing the code to be broken) nor the Russian-to-English translation process remains classified.

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.


Michael Best

From: National Security Agency

The request has been rejected by the agency.