Leak referrals and consultations (Office of the Director of National Intelligence)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence of the United States of America.
Multi Request Leak referrals and consultations
Due Oct. 7, 2019
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


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: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Dear Ms. Best,

Thank you for getting in contact with us, but we need clarity of your request. The verbiage is not clear to us to what you are looking for.

Thank you.


From: Emma North-Best

What is unclear, precisely? It is not clear to me what is not clear to you.

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Ms. Best,

Your reply below did not clarify your request. The verbiage used to describe your request does not make it clear to us what you are requesting. Please attempt to streamline or clear up your verbiage so that we can search for records and respond to you.

Thank you.


From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Good morning Ms. Best,

Although, we provided an acknowledgement letter in July, and attempted to initiate searches for your request, unfortunately we have not been able to complete the search because we have been waiting on you to clarify exactly what you're looking for since our email to you on June 5th.

You have until Tuesday, September 24th to respond or we will administratively close your case.


From: Emma North-Best

You asked that I "streamline" and "clear up" my verbiage but did not explain what part of the request is unclear. I am happy to explain, but if you don't tell me what's unclear then I have no way to do so without explaining to you as I would to a small child who needs every word defined and the sentence diagramed. Since this would be counterproductive, I suggest you clarify what you need clarified. Note that courts do consider an agencies failure to articulate why or what part of a request is unclear or burdensome, and have used this in part to reverse rejections.

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.