|Submitted||Nov. 27, 2013|
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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 Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s 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.
This letter acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), received in the FOIA Requester Services Center on 12/02/13. The number(20140035F) listed has been assigned to identify your FOIA request. The NGA FOIA office will furnish portions that may be released to the public. However, NGA has a significant number of pending FOIA requests that prevents a response determination from being made within 20 workdays. Based on the information you have provided, we have determined that your request should be placed in the Complex Processing Category. Processing this request will require this administrative center to coordinate our response with other office(s).
Should you need to contact our FOIA office, Please refer to FOIA number 20140035F to assist us in responding to your request.
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 #20140035F.
Thank you for your help.
A no responsive documents response.