Leak referrals and consultations (Bureau of Prisons)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Bureau of Prisons of the United States of America.
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Multi Request Leak referrals and consultations


From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of documents, including but not limited to emails, memos, letters, reports, briefs and call logs, referring to, discussing or generated as a result of referrals to and consultations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other components of the Department of Justice (Criminal Division, Civil Division, National Security Division, the Attorney General's office, etc.), regarding instances of unauthorized disclosures of information (AKA leaks) for investigation and/or prosecution between January 20, 1981 (or the date of creation of this agency, whichever came first) and the present.

I request "news media" status and a fee waiver, see attached.

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.


Emma Best

From: Bureau of Prisons

Good afternoon,

This is in response to your request for information under provisions of the Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts. We determined your request cannot be processed for the reason(s) identified below.

The records you seek are not Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) records or your request does not indicate you are seeking records maintained by BOP. If you believe BOP maintains these records, please resubmit your request with any details you have that will enable us to locate these records. Otherwise, you should contact the entity that created the records. Also, due to security, we are not authorized to click on links. If you are unable to attach your request and proper authorization via pdf file, please mail it to the address below. No further action will be taken from this email.

If you have questions about this response please feel free to contact the undersigned, this office, or the Federal Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) FOIA Public Liaison, Mr. C. Darnell Stroble at 202-616-7750, 320 First Street NW, Suite 936, Washington DC 20534, or ogc_efoia@bop.gov.

Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information, Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001; e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

If you are not satisfied with my response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, Suite 11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, or you may submit an appeal through OIP's FOIAonline portal by creating an account at: https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/home. Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days of the date of my response to your request. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

T. Allen, for
Eugene Baime
Supervisory Attorney

From: Emma North-Best

I am appealing the denial of my FOIA on the basis that I did not specify I was seeking records from the BOP despite addressing the request to the BOP and sending it to the BOP. I was, in fact, seeking BOP records generated by the BOP and held by the BOP. Any claim that such records would not and could not exist is categorically laughable.

From: Bureau of Prisons

This message is to notify you of a new appeal submission to the FOIAonline application. Appeal information is as follows:
* Appeal Tracking Number: DOJ-AP-2019-005409
* Request Tracking Number: 00
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 06/11/2019
* Appeal Status: Submitted
* Description: BOP appeal

From: Bureau of Prisons

DOJ-AP-2019-005409 has been processed with the following final disposition: Closed for Other Reasons.

  • Other-20190815115258-Best, Emma, AP-2019-005409, BOP, Appeal response letter

From: Bureau of Prisons

Request number 2019-05745
Good morning,
Please see the attached response from BOP regarding your request for information.
Ms. K. Blow