|Submitted||Dec. 13, 2021|
|Due||Jan. 12, 2022|
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
In 1996, during the investigation into Harold James Nicholson (a CIA
operative suspected of selling information to foreign governments) — the FBI
placed a wiretap on his cellphone in order to record his incriminating
conversations. Additionally, investigators laid fiber optic wire in the
ceiling above Nicholson's office in order to capture him taking pictures of
documents. Both of these materials were captured in the investigation in
November of 1996. Due to the historical nature of this investigation and
its having been closed for over 2 decades, I am requesting to view these
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and
this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
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
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.
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.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 13, 2021. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
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