Instapaper raid

Aaron Swartz filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America .
Tracking #

1169241-000

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Aaron Swartz

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any records related to Marco Arment, the web service Instapaper, Maciej Ceglowski, the web service Pinboard or the June 21, 2011 raid on hosting company DigitalOne (including any warrant applications for the raid, any warrants issued, and records or inventory of items seized).

Background: According to the New York Times[1], at 1:15am on June 21, 2011 the FBI seized several racks of servers from the hosting company DigitalOne. According to an FBI press release[2], 22 domestic servers and 25 servers abroad were seized as part of Operation Trident Tribunal. Among those taken were servers from Instapaper, operated by Marco Arment[3], and Pinboard, operated by Maciej Ceglowski.

[1]: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/f-b-i-seizes-web-servers-knocking-sites-offline/
[2]: http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/department-of-justice-disrupts-international-cybercrime-rings-distributing-scareware
[3]: http://blog.instapaper.com/post/6830514157

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.

Sincerely,

Aaron Swartz

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Swartz,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it will be forwarded to the Work Process Unit or a Single Station Disclosure Team for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOI/PA 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 FOI/PA 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/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. Upon receipt of an FOI/PA Request Number, you can check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and by clicking on the 'Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request' link under the (Records Available Now) section. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4997

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Swartz,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it will be forwarded to the Work Process Unit or a Single Station Disclosure Team for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOI/PA 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 FOI/PA 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/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. Upon receipt of an FOI/PA Request Number, you can check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and by clicking on the 'Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request' link under the (Records Available Now) section. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4997

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From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Swartz,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it has been forwarded to the Work Process Unit or the assigned Disclosure analyst for review. A response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4997

From: Aaron Swartz

This is a response to your letter of July 11, 2011 re request no. 1169241-000 (Subject: DIGITALONE).

You claim you could not find any records about DigitalOne in your Central Record System, however it was widely reported that the FBI raided a hosting facility they used in Reston, Va. at 1:15am June 21, 2011.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/f-b-i-seizes-web-servers-knocking-sites-offline/

Do you have any records about any such raid, even if not listed under the name of DigitalOne?

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