Rejected

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escape from prison

John Dyer made this request to Department of State of the United States of America.

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Victor Michel 01/21/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

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

This is a freedom of information request. By means of the following, I request any and all records related to the escape from prison, in Mexico, by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in January 2001. I request any and all records produced on his escape by the US Embassy in Mexico, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs during FY 2001-2005.

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,

Victor Michel

MuckRock.com 02/20/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

FOIA Request 02/20/2013

Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Status mailbox for reply.

FOIA Status 02/20/2013

Mr. Michel,

This is in response to your 2-20-2013 e-mail. I checked the electronic notes on this case. The case is still open. Our records indicate you were mailed a letter on 1-29-2013 that provided the case number F-2013-01659 and other information. The case has been assigned to a team. It will be assigned to an analyst and searches will go out to the appropriate bureaus. The search time varies. Each case is different and the search time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

MuckRock.com 04/04/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

FOIA Status 04/04/2013

Mr. Michael,

I checked the electronic case notes. Your request has been assigned to the appropriate compliance research branch for action. Currently we are determining if we have sufficient information to process your search. You will be receiving a formal acknowledgement letter shortly. A timeframe cannot be provided until the assigned team has had an opportunity to fully review the request.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

MuckRock.com 05/15/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

FOIA Status 05/16/2013

Mr. Michael,

I checked the electronic case notes. Your request has been assigned to the appropriate compliance research branch for action. Currently we are determining if we have sufficient information to process your search and ensure we are able to protect personal identifiable information. A timeframe cannot be provided until the assigned team has had an opportunity to fully review the request.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

MuckRock.com 06/15/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

MuckRock.com 07/15/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

FOIA Status 07/15/2013

Mr. Michael,

I checked the electronic notes on this case. The case is still open. The case has been assigned to an analyst. The search time varies. The estimated completion date for this case is June 2014. Each case is different and the search time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

MuckRock.com 08/14/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

FOIA Status 08/15/2013

Mr. Victor,

Your organization has a substantial number of requests. The Department of State keeps track of requests by case numbers. In the future when you request a status on a case please provide the case number in the subject line of your message. This will not only make it easier to find your case, it will facilitate a quick answer to your inquiry.

I checked the electronic notes on this case. The case is still open. The case has been assigned to an analyst and searches have gone out to the appropriate bureaus. The search time varies. Each case is different and the search time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

John Dyer 08/15/2013

Apologies, this is a status check for F-2013-01659.

Thank you.

FOIA Status 08/28/2013

Mr. Michel,

This is in reference to your email dated June 15, 2013 regarding case number F-2013-01659. The estimated completion date for your request is June 2014. Estimated completion dates are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates, not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion. This is due to unusual circumstances, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). However, please note, interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matters, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at

(202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

Department of State 09/09/2013

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

Department of State 09/09/2013

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

Department of State 09/20/2013

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

MuckRock.com 10/20/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 21, 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 #F-2013-01659 ; 13-00055-FR.

Thank you for your help.

FOIA Status 10/23/2013

Mr. Victor,

I checked the status of this case and it was closed on 9-5-13. You were informed of this in the letter that was sent to you on that date. Our records indicate 5 documents were released to you in full and 2 documents were sent to the U.S. Department of Justice for their review and direct reply.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

MuckRock.com 11/22/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 21, 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 #F-2013-01659 ; 13-00055-FR.

Thank you for your help.

FOIA Status 11/29/2013

Mr. Victor,

I checked the status of case F-2013-06159 and it was closed on 8-16-2013. You were informed of this in the letter that was sent to you on that date. Please review the letter you received and the appeal rights that were enclosed with the letter.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

FOIA Status 11/29/2013

FOIA Status would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information Request #F-2013-01659 ; 13-00055-FR".

FOIA Status 11/29/2013

FOIA Status would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information Request #F-2013-01659 ; 13-00055-FR".

FOIA Status 11/29/2013

Mr. Victor,

I checked the status of case F-2013-01659 and it was closed on September 5, 2013. You were informed of this in the letter that was sent to you on that date. Please review the letter you received and the appeal rights that were enclosed with the letter.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

FOIA Status 11/29/2013

FOIA Status would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information Request #F-2013-01659 ; 13-00055-FR".

Department of State 12/06/2013

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.