Frank Terpil FBI

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1361053-000
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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Frank E. Terpil (1939 – March 1, 2016) was a CIA agent born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. in 1939, who was asked to leave the agency for misconduct in 1971. He then allegedly "went rogue", supplying things such as poison, weapons or mercenaries to all comers on a commercial, rather than ideological, basis. His death has been widely and extensively reported. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/06/cia-rogue-spy-worlds-worst-dictators

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names and companies, including but not limited to Theodore Shackley, Edwin Wilson, Thomas Clines, PEMEX, EATSCO, International Research and Trade, and A.P.I. Distributors.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the Bureau for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established.

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.

Sincerely,

Michael Best

From: FOIPARequest

Dear Mr. Best,

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

From: Michael Best

I am specifically seeking records both for the HQ files and the Alexandria (AX) files, including but not limited to file type 58, Corruption of Federal Public Officials.

Thank you!

From: FOIPARequest

Dear Mr. Best,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to Initial Processing or the assigned analyst for review. If appropriate, a response will be forthcoming.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at https://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, or the direct link is: https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/foia,<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 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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the determination that I am not a member of the news media. The Bureau has already acknowledged I am, and as a matter of caselaw it is not request dependent. Further, I have previously (and recently) written about the Bureau for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

12/20/2016 02:33 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-001324

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-001324 has been processed with the following final disposition: Completely reversed/remanded.

  • Best, Michael, DOJ-AP-2017-001324, FBI, remand reconsider fee cat-sign

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Good afternoon Mr. Best,

Reference is made to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request #1361053-0 for FBI records concerning Frank Terpil. The FBI has located approximately 28,000 pages that are potentially responsive to your request. Once requests go over a certain size, usually in the 50-100 page range, they become increasingly complex, greatly slowing down the time required for processing. Generally the larger the file, the longer it takes to process. Given our current workload and staffing levels, it may be a very long time before you would begin to receive material from this request.

We contact requesters with requests of this size to see if there might be a way to possibly narrow the scope. Is this something you might be willing to consider? If so, please contact me and we can discuss this possibility. We appreciate your patience and hope to hear from you soon.

Leslie Wilson
540-868-4894
Government Information Specialist
Negotiation/RIDS/RMD
Federal Bureau of Investigation

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Good evening Ms. Best,

I'm following up to the email I sent last week on Frank Terpil. This is an inquiry to see if you would be interested in narrowing the scope of your request. Please do see the email below with more details. I do appreciate your time and attention to this.
Thanks,
Leslie Wilson

From: Emma Best

Leslie,

Sorry for the delay in responding. I'm trying to catch up today.

Is that estimate based on the average size of sections or on an actual page count? Recently, with Janet Reno, it was estimated at 30,000 pages but then turned out to be about 5% of that.

I'm happy to consider any suggestions for reducing the scope, though nothing occurs to me off the top of my head. Would it be possible to supply me with the file/case types? I might be able to exclude something unexpected and irrelevant based off of that. I'm open to any other suggestions as well.

Thanks for your help with this and with everything else! =)

-Emma

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Good afternoon Ms. Best,

With regards to Frank Terpil FOIA #1361053-0 and the size of the case, files have been pulled and imported so the count is pretty accurate. I noticed you also have a request for E. Wilson where some of the files overlap and will be processed in that case. Therefore, remaining materials for your Terpil request would put the page count around 22,000. Of course, there can be duplication of records and FOIA and Privacy Act exemptions could impact page count.

Even if we were to reduce to certain timeframe, focus or origination of office, the files will still be tied to other requests where the files are or will be processed. Your case will be linked to these so that when releases are made, all linked cases will receive the relevant files.

Sometimes, requesters would rather wait for the processing to be complete for other requests and come back in for preprocessed material at a later time. As with any large request, there could be a significant wait for processing to be complete.

Thanks for following up and inquiring on the page count. I have moved your case forward to be processed with no reductions. Do let me know if you would rather wait on the material for releases through other requests.

Sincerely,
Leslie Wilson

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

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Estimated Dates of Completion:

Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system, and the FBI receives a voluminous amount of requests on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Requests are divided into two primary tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Our complex requests are further divided into medium, large, and extra-large sub-tracks. Simple track requests typically require the least amount of time to process.

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Best regards,

Ms. Wilson

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