FBI file for Luke Somers

Runa A. Sandvik filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1316952-000
Status
Rejected

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From: Runa A. Sandvik

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request all records, briefs, emails, reports, and any other documents on, about, mentioning, or concerning Luke Somers, an American photojournalist killed during a failed rescue attempt in Yemen. His death was widely reported in December 2014.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. I am a published independent reporter and a current contributor to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/runasandvik/). I have also had my journalism published on domestic and international blogs.

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,

Runa A. Sandvik

From: McGuinn, Lauren S.

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 http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/<http://www.fbi.goiv/foia/>. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

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 Dec. 6, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1316952-000.

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 Dec. 6, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1316952-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning,

Looking at the FOIA you have provided, this case was closed 1/24/2015. A letter was mailed to your attention at that time.
The address used was as follows:

Ms. Runa A. Sandvick
Muckrock News
Dept MR 14475
Post Office Box 55819
Boston, MA02205-5819

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. McGuinn,

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any record of the letter to which you refer. Would it be possible to resend it? It would be greatly appreciated, and the inconvenience is sincerely regretted.

Thank you.
________________

Ms. Runa A. Sandvick
Muckrock News
Dept MR 14475
Post Office Box 55819
Boston, MA02205-5819

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Ms. Sandvick,

I apologize for the lapse in time for a response, I will get this letter out to you today, if you prefer I can fax you this letter. Just let me know what you prefer.

Respectfully,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us athttp://www.fbi.gov/foia

Did you get an email stating we need a DOJ361 to perfect your request?
Just fill this out and email it back to us!
*Please make sure you sign the form by hand - at this time electronic signatures are not accepted by the FBI*
U.S. Department of Justice Form 361, Certification
—of Identity<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (pdf)

From: Runa A. Sandvik

Mail is fine, thank you.
Best,

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Ms. Sandvik,

For your convenience I have attached the letter for you.

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Did you get an email stating we need a DOJ361 to perfect your request?
Just fill this out and email it back to us!
*Please make sure you sign the form by hand - at this time electronic signatures are not accepted by the FBI*
U.S. Department of Justice Form 361, Certification
—of Identity<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (pdf)

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