Johann Joergen Jensen (Central Intelligence Agency)

Stuart Richardson filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
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Multi Request Johann Joergen Jensen
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From: Stuart Richardson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All records relating to Johann Joergen Jensen (alternatively: Joergen Jensen or Jørgen Jensen), a Danish national, who was listed as the President of Flamenco Maritime, S.A. in Panama from June 26, 1980, to November 30, 1990. Specifically, I am looking for any records that document his dealings with this company and the Apartheid South African government in the 1980s.

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.


Stuart Richardson

From: Central Intelligence Agency

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From: Stuart Richardson

Dear Ms. Fong,

Thank you for following up with my FOIA request for information on Johann Joergen Jensen (alternatively: Joergen Jensen or Jørgen Jensen).

Per your request, I have provided Mr. Jensen's place and date of birth, place and date of death, and proof of death (i.e., two obituaries) below. I have also included additional information for your convenience.

Place of birth: Skaarup (Skårup), Denmark
Date of birth: August 22, 1920
Place of death: Skaarupore (Skårupøre), Denmark
Date of death: December 27, 2007

Proof of death (links to two obituaries):

Additional information: In 1986, Mr. Jensen was tried in Denmark for illegally smuggling weapons to the apartheid regime in South Africa (see link #1 below). That same year, Panamanian authorities seized his ship, the "Pia Vesta." According to an article published in the New York Times on August 31, 1986 (see link #2 below), "Peru's President, Alan Garcia, had been tipped off by the Central Intelligence Agency that the ship, the Pia Vesta, was carrying contraband Soviet-bloc weapons for possible delivery to terrorist groups..."

Link #1:
Link #2:

Thank you for your time and assistance.

Stuart Richardson

From: Central Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.

From: Stuart Richardson

Dear Ms. Fong,

This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

On 27 July 2018, I requested records on Johann Jensen (alternatively: Joergen Jensen or Jørgen Jensen) under the Freedom of Information Act. My request was assigned the following identification number: F-2018-02197. On 25 September 2018, I received a Glomar response to my request in a letter signed by you on 12 September 2018. I would like to appeal the denial of my request.

I am appealing this denial on the basis that the Central Intelligence Agency has already declassified a document, which refers to the "Pia Vesta," one of Mr. Jensen's ships, as well as the "Vesta firm," one of Mr. Jensen's shipping companies in Denmark (Doc. No. CIA-RDP91-00561R000100160039-2). (I have provided a link to this document below for your convenience.)

I am also appealing your decision on procedural grounds. EO 13526 § 1.1(a) permits the classification of information only if "the unauthorized disclosure of the information could be expected to result in damage to the national security..." Mr. Jensen is deceased, and his businesses have been defunct for several decades. As an arms dealer, Mr. Jensen worked with the governments of the Soviet Union and Apartheid South Africa, two governments that are no longer in existence. It therefore stands to reason that the release of information concerning Mr. Jensen will not result in damage to the national security.

Thank you for your consideration of this appeal.

Stuart Richardson

Link to previously declassified document: