FBI MDR for Fidel Castro files (NARA)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

RD 41503



From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

FBI files 139-HQ-1201 and 92-HQ-3267

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. 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.


Jason Smathers

From: National Archives and Records Administration

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Special Access and FOIA Staff

This is an automated reply to inform you that National Archives and Records
Administration received your e-mail.

If this is a reference request regarding records in the Kennedy
Assassination Records Collection, you will receive a reply within 10
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If this is a FOIA request, we are currently assessing your FOIA to
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Thank You.

*According to the FOIA the 20 working days begins when the FOIA is received
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Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays.

From: Britney Crawford

*Dear Mr. Smathers,*

*This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of November
2, 2013. (our case reference number RD-41503) You requested FBI files
139-HQ-1201 and 92-HQ-3267.*

*We located responsive records for both cases. Hopefully the following may
be of assistance to you:*

- *Case file 139-HQ-1201: We have one box, totaling approximately 450
pages, from RG 65: HSCA Subject Files re: Arthur Balletti. *
- *Case file 92-HQ-3267: We have 10 boxes, totaling approximately 9,000
pages, from RG 65: HSCA Subject Files re: John Roselli. *

*To narrow the scope of your request, we suggest you search our JFK
Assassination Collection database. The database is a document level index
of over 260,000 documents. A search in our collection database resulted in
84 hits relating to 139-HQ-1201 and 989 hits relating to 92-HQ-3267. Each
document has a unique document identifier, called a record number, and a
record identification form (RIF) that tells such information as the date of
the document, the "to" and "from", any title associated with the document,
brief subject identifiers, and finally the access status of the document. *

*The Record Number consists of three sets of numbers (example
180-10001-10123). The first number signifies the agency. The next number
group signifies the data disk on which the data was entered. 10001
signifies disk 1, 10231, signifies disk 231 etc. The last number is the
number of record on that disk 10000 is the first record entered on the
disk, 10233 is the 234th document entered etc. These all have no
significance regarding arrangement of the documents in the file. The more
significant information on the record identification form (RIF) is the
agency, the series, and the agency file number. However, the record number
is the only unique identifying number. *
*You or your representative may view this material at our College Park, MD
facility during our normal business hours, however we ask that you provide
a 48 hour notice prior to your arrival to provide adequate time to complete
your request.*

*Copies are $.80 per page. If you wish to order copies, please respond to
this email and a reproduction quote form will be sent to you.*

*This concludes the processing of your request.*
Britney N. Crawford
Special Access and FOIA Branch (RD-F)
(301) 837-3070

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 Nov. 2, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #RD 41503.

Thank you for your help.

From: Britney Crawford

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Your case is now closed. We sent you a final response email on November 6,
2013. Based on the information we provided you can decide to come to our
facility in College Park, MD to view the materials and/or order copies.
Please note that copies are $.80 per page.

RD-F Special Access and FOIA
(301) 837-3070
Britney N. Crawford
Special Access and FOIA Branch (RD-F)
(301) 837-3070