Faith Whittlesey

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to or mentioning Faith Amy Ryan Whittlesey (February 21, 1939 – May 21, 2018), who served twice for a total of nearly 5 years as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and also served for 2 years on the Reagan White House Senior Staff as Assistant to the President for Public Liaison.

The final House report on Iran-Contra concluded that Whittlesey unsuccessfully attempted to help Oliver North obtain a U.S. passport for a fake Saudi prince who claimed to have knowledge of the locations of hostages being held in Lebanon. In 1983, she established the White House Outreach Working Group on Central America to help increase private sector understanding of Reagan's policies, including working with, among many other individuals and groups, the American Security Council Foundation, to produce anti-Sandinista propaganda (what she would call "truth-telling") films, and the Council for National Policy to produce materials that revealed the Marxist–Leninist orientation of the Sandanista movement. Among the groups that participated in the Outreach Group effort was the AFL-CIO because "the Sandinistas were against free labor unions."

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.


Emma Best

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

  • E18ba3477003dac667aa823e41c52cbd2be2de76c_Q34781_D2060393_20180611_145040

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From: Emma North-Best

The initial request inadvertently failed to include my fee category information. Please find it attached, and please note that the DOJ has committed (on behalf of the FBI) to respect my status as a media requester under FOIA.

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

You can download the files at:

* [E18ba3477003dac667aa823e41c52cbd2be2de76c_Q34781_R358389_D2180617.pdf](
* [E18ba3477003dac667aa823e41c52cbd2be2de76c_Q34781_R358389_D2180622.pdf](
* [E18ba3477003dac667aa823e41c52cbd2be2de76c_Q34781_R358389_D2180624.pdf](
* [E18ba3477003dac667aa823e41c52cbd2be2de76c_Q34781_R358389_D2516536.pdf](

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You can renew the download files by logging into the efoia system and clicking
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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Ms. Best:

Please see the attached, which acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act and/or Privacy Act request. If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA/PA Unit at 202 616-0307 for further assistance.

Thank you,

Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Attention Emma Best - MuckRock News,

Attached is the Department of State's response to a referral we received from the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation September 8, 2020.


Jeffrey Sweet

Jeffrey S. Sweet
U.S. Department of State
Government Information Specialist
Office of Information Programs and Services

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.