FOIA request to Department of Justice for cited legal policy that USG does not confirm or dent the authenticity or classification of documents posted on WikiLeaks found in 'Sharif Mobley v. CIA, DOD, DoJ, DoS'

Alexa O'Brien filed this request with the Department of Justice of the United States of America.
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From: Alexa O'Brien

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

I hereby request the following records from the Department of Justice:

Any and all records that are the basis for the legal policy:

"[T]he U.S. Government as a policy matter does not confirm or deny the authenticity (or, by extension, the classification) of documents posted on Wikileaks,"

[SOURCE: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/676764-28-response-re-26-motion-for-status-conference.html#document/p3/a98235]

cited by Department of Justice attorneys in the FOIA litigation case 1:11-cv-02072-BAH Document 28 Filed 06/07/12, of Sharif Mobley et al versus CIA, Department of State, Department of Defense, and Department of Justice FOIA litigation written, signed, and submitted by Stuart Delery, Acting Assistant Attorney General; Ronald C. Machen, Jr., United States Attorney; Elizabeth Shapiro, Deputy Branch Director; and Judson O. Littleton, Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch:

If you regard these documents as potentially exempt from disclosure requirements, I request that you nonetheless exercise your discretion to disclose them.

Please release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of documents.

If you deny all or any part of this request, please cite each specific exemption you think justifies your refusal to release the information and notify me of appeal procedures available under the law.

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, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage. [Footnote 1]

In the event that fees cannot be waived for searching for, reviewing, or copying the records, please notify me before processing if the amount exceeds $50 (fifty U.S. dollars).

I would prefer the request be 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,

Alexa D. O'Brien

Footnote [1] My work has been published in the Guardian, Salon, and featured by PBS Frontline, On The Media and Public Radio International. http://gu.com/p/3e6gd/tw; http://www.salon.com/writer/alexa_obrien/ ; http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/foreign-affairs-defense/wikisecrets/the-indie-journalists-at-the-center-of-the-bradley-manning-trial/; http://www.onthemedia.org/2013/mar/15/covering-manning-trial/?utm_source=/2013/mar/15/bradley-manning-and-aiding-enemy/&utm_medium=treatment&utm_campaign=morelikethis

From: Alexa O'Brien

Hello,

Please amend this records request as follows:

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This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

I hereby request the following records from the Department of Justice:

Any and all records that are the basis for policy, including but not limited to legal policy, or any other kind of policy:

"[T]he U.S. Government as a policy matter does not confirm or deny the authenticity (or, by extension, the classification) of documents posted on Wikileaks,"

[SOURCE: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/676764-28-response-re-26-motion-for-status-conference.html#document/p3/a98235]

cited by Department of Justice attorneys in the FOIA litigation case 1:11-cv-02072-BAH Document 28 Filed 06/07/12, of Sharif Mobley et al versus CIA, Department of State, Department of Defense, and Department of Justice FOIA litigation written, signed, and submitted by Stuart Delery, Acting Assistant Attorney General; Ronald C. Machen, Jr., United States Attorney; Elizabeth Shapiro, Deputy Branch Director; and Judson O. Littleton, Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch:

If you regard these documents as potentially exempt from disclosure requirements, I request that you nonetheless exercise your discretion to disclose them.

Please release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of documents.

If you deny all or any part of this request, please cite each specific exemption you think justifies your refusal to release the information and notify me of appeal procedures available under the law.

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, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage. [Footnote 1]

In the event that fees cannot be waived for searching for, reviewing, or copying the records, please notify me before processing if the amount exceeds $50 (fifty U.S. dollars).

I would prefer the request be 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,

Alexa D. O'Brien

Footnote [1] My work has been published in the Guardian, Salon, and featured by PBS Frontline, On The Media and Public Radio International. http://gu.com/p/3e6gd/tw; http://www.salon.com/writer/alexa_obrien/ ; http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/foreign-affairs-defense/wikisecrets/the-indie-journalists-at-the-center-of-the-bradley-manning-trial/; http://www.onthemedia.org/2013/mar/15/covering-manning-trial/?utm_source=/2013/mar/15/bradley-manning-and-aiding-enemy/&utm_medium=treatment&utm_campaign=morelikethis

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Thank you.

From: Department of Justice

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Justice

An acknowledgement letter, 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 April 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Department of Justice

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 April 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 April 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Department of Justice

The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

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