National Endowment for the Humanities (WikiLeaks)

Alexa O'Brien filed this request with the National Endowment for the Humanities of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-08
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From: Alexa O'Brien

November 27, 2013

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter constitutes a request under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552, and is submitted on behalf of journalist Alexa O’Brien.

I seek any and all documents in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ possession that pertain to the WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date.

I am a “representative of the news media” for fee waiver purposes. See Project on Military Procurement v. Department of the Navy, 710 F. Supp. 362, 363, 365 (D.C.D. 1989). My work has been published in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian UK, Salon, and featured by PBS Frontline, On The Media and Public Radio International. Based on my status as a “news media” requester, I am entitled to receive the requested record with only duplication fees asserted. Further, because disclosure of this information will “contribute greatly to the public understanding of the operation or activities of the government,” duplication fees should be waived.

There is a compelling need for the requested documents such that expedited processing is appropriate. I am engaged in disseminating information. There exists an urgent need to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity. As 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(E)(ii)(I) provides, I will anticipate your determination on our request within ten (10) calendar days.

I requests that in the event that access to any of the requested records is denied pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(b), I be provided with all non-exempt portions which are reasonably segregable. I further request that you describe the deleted material in detail and specify the statutory basis for the denial as well as your reasons for believing that the alleged statutory justification applies in this instance. Please separately state your reasons for not invoking your discretionary powers to release the requested documents. Such statements will be helpful in deciding whether to appeal an adverse determination, and in formulating arguments in case an appeal is taken. I reserve my right to appeal the withholding or deletion of any information and expect that you will list the office and address were such an appeal can be sent.

I requests that documents responsive to this request be provided to me in electronic format on a CD-ROM.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this request.

Sincerely,

Alexa O’Brien

From: Gencounsel

Dear Ms. O’Brien,

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which NEH will process consistent with 5 U.S.C. Section 552 and NEH’s FOIA regulations.

Please note that the tracking number for your request is 14-08. You may use this tracking number to obtain information from NEH’s FOIA Requestor Service Center about the status of your request or to ask other questions about your request. The Center’s contact information is as follows: 202-606-8322, gencounsel@neh.gov.

Thank you for your interest in NEH.

From: Griffin, Katherine

Dear Ms. O'Brien,

Please see the attached response to your recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. I am providing the agency's response to you via e-mail as you requested.
Regards,
Katherine Griffin

Katherine M. Griffin
Paralegal Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 529
Washington, DC 20506
Phone: 202-606-8322
Fax: 202-606-8600
This message (including any attachments) may contain information that is privileged and confidential and/or attorney work product. If you are not an intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please do not read, copy or forward the message. Please permanently delete all copies and any attachments and notify the NEH Office of the General Counsel immediately by reply e-mail or by calling (202) 606-8322<tel:%28202%29%20606-8322>.

From: Alexa O'Brien

Katherine M. Griffin
Paralegal Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 529
Washington, DC 20506
Phone: 202-606-8322
Fax: 202-606-8600

NEH FOIA 14-08

Dear Ms. Griffin,

On December 20, 2013 I received the NEH response to my NEH FOIA 14-08.

I do not see WikiLeaks mentioned in the 2011 National Law-Related Educational Conference on Civility and Free Expression in a Constitutional Democracy, March 3-5, 2011. The cover letter specified WikiLeaks could be found on page 4 and 8. Am I missing something?

Best,

Alexa O'Brien

From: Griffin, Katherine

Dear Ms. O'Brien,

The reference to WikiLeaks is in the title to a presentation - "Using CompuLEGAL to Discuss the Schenck case, the Pentagon Papers case, and WikiLeaks, [by] J. Carroll". It's near the center of the page.
Regards,
Katherine Griffin

From: Alexa O'Brien

Katherine M. Griffin
Paralegal Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 529
Washington, DC 20506
Phone: 202-606-8322
Fax: 202-606-8600

NEH FOIA 14-08

Dear Ms. Griffin,

Thank you.

Best,

Alexa O'Brien

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 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 #14-08.

Thank you for your help.

From: Griffin, Katherine

Dear Ms. O'Brien,

On December 20th we sent to you our response to NEH FOIA Request 14-08 (for your reference, I have attached a copy of that e-mail with attachments). On January 6, I responded to your request for clarification on where the reference to WikiLeaks was found in our responsive documents. We consider request 14-08 closed.

Please feel free to call or e-mail me if you have any questions.
Regards,
Katherine Griffin

Katherine M. Griffin
Paralegal Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 529
Washington, DC 20506
Phone: 202-606-8322
Fax: 202-606-8600
This message (including any attachments) may contain information that is privileged and confidential and/or attorney work product. If you are not an intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please do not read, copy or forward the message. Please permanently delete all copies and any attachments and notify the NEH Office of the General Counsel immediately by reply e-mail or by calling (202) 606-8322.

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