KGB Attempt to Purchase American Banks (CIA)

Paul Galante filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking #

F-2019-00829

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Paul Galante


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to or mentioning the KGB operation to acquire four banks in the United States (First National Bank of Fresno, Peninsula National Bank, Tahoe National Bank, Camino California Bank) from 1974 to 1975, either through purchasing the bank outright, or acquiring a controlling stock interest. The Moscow Narodny Bank in Singapore and Amos Dawe were used as cut-outs to purchase the banks. Details of this incident have already been publicly disclosed: https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/2172062/when-russian-spies-tried-infiltrate-hong-kong-destabilise-china https://www.nytimes.com/1986/02/16/us/russians-sought-us-banks-to-gain-high-tech-secrets.html Do not include any records already present in CREST; please conduct a search for currently unprocessed records. References to this can be found in records under the following CREST IDs:

CIA-RDP88B00443R001904420058-2
CIA-RDP90-00552R000404440030-4
CIA-RDP90-00552R000404440031-3
CIA-RDP90-00552R000404440032-2
CIA-RDP90-00965R000100260025-9
CIA-RDP90-00965R000605300053-3
CIA-RDP90-00965R000706750003-7

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,

Paul Galante

From: Central Intelligence Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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: Paul Galante

To Whom It May Concern:

This is an appeal of FOIA request F-2019-00829. I am appealing the decisions to neither confirm or deny the existence of records relevant to my request, to deny the request in full under exemptions b1 and b3, and the integrity of the search performed in its entirety. The incident described in my initial request is known to have occurred based on records previously released by CIA, the IDs of which I will again list for your convenience. I appreciate your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

CIA-RDP88B00443R001904420058-2
CIA-RDP90-00552R000404440030-4
CIA-RDP90-00552R000404440031-3
CIA-RDP90-00552R000404440032-2
CIA-RDP90-00965R000100260025-9
CIA-RDP90-00965R000605300053-3
CIA-RDP90-00965R000706750003-7

Sincerely,
Paul Galante

From: Central Intelligence Agency

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

From: Central Intelligence Agency

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

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.

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