FBI Documents on Online Covert Employees

Joseph Cox filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: Joseph Cox

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All guidelines, presentations, and training manuals, held, received, sent or maintained by the FBI relating, concerning, or about Online Covert Employees (OCEs).

The FBI regularly conducts undercover operations on the internet and dark web, sometimes, although not always, using the term OCE. For example: https://motherboard.vice.com/read/undercover-fbi-agent-busts-alleged-explosives-buyer-on-the-dark-web

I request any cross-referenced records relevant to my inquiry, and a search of ELSUR.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am journalist writing for Motherboard, VICE's technology and science site, and that this request is being made as part of news gathering.

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.


Joseph Cox

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Cox,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI's decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at https://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, by clicking on the SERVICES link at the top of the homepage and then click on the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy picture, or the direct link is: https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/foia, or by accessing the U. S. Department of Justice at https://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact us at foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Ofc: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

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A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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A copy of documents responsive to the request.