NSA contracts with Juniper Networks

Heather Akers-Healy filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 76904A
Status
Rejected

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From: Heather Akers-Healy

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Copies of contracts with Juniper Networks, Inc., and any final reports generated and delivered by Juniper to the agency over the past 10 years. Juniper is located at the following address:
1194 N MATHILDA AVE
SUNNYVALE, CA, 94089-1206 , 
UNITED STATES

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Heather Akers-Healy

From: National Security Agency

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From: National Security Agency

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Heather Akers-Healy

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter serves to narrow my request number 76904 and appeal the determination that I do not qualify for a fee waiver.

Per your request to make the processing of this request more reasonable, I would like to narrow my request to contracts from the past 3 calendar years (2011-2013.) As a courtesy I ask that you release any documents obtained in my previous free two hours of search time.

I am making this request in the public interest, and as a member of the news media. I am a trained paralegal with a background in legal research and contract analysis. I have established a project at MuckRock looking into the activities of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. Despite the short time I have been making and publishing requests through MuckRock, this project has garnered international media attention and was recently written up in Forbes. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/runasandvik/2013/11/26/illuminating-the-united-states-billion-dollar-intelligence-budget-project-spylighter-documents-surveillance-technology-used-by-the-nsa/) The Forbes article was covered in several other media outlets, and even reported in Spanish. (http://www.desdeabajo.info/actualidad/internacional/item/23165-spylighter-documenta-la-compra-de-tecnolog%C3%ADa-de-vigilancia-masiva-por-parte-de-la-nsa.html)

I have an ongoing relationship with Runa Sandvik, a well-known journalist and technologist who wrote the article at Forbes. I have also written at other media outlets about documents received from previous requests to the NSA (http://www.occupy.com/article/why-we-need-whistleblowers).

My first successful request to the NSA for contracts with Vupen was widely reported. There was significant interest in the fact that the NSA was purchasing exploits services from a foreign contractor. A few examples of press regarding that release are below:

Threatpost: http://threatpost.com/nsa-bought-exploit-service-from-vupen-contract-shows
Gawker: http://gawker.com/nsa-paid-french-hackers-for-software-exploits-1341604032
The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/17/nsa_vupen/
Information Week: http://www.informationweek.com/security/government/nsa-contracted-with-zero-day-vendor-vupe/240161389
Computing: http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2295155/nsa-bought-zero-day-vulnerabilities-from-security-company-vupen
Slate:http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/09/17/nsa_paid_french_hacker_company_vupen_for_software_exploits.html
RT: http://rt.com/usa/nsa-vupen-exploit-hack-978/
Mashable: http://mashable.com/2013/09/17/nsa-french-hacking-tools-vupen/
The Hacker News: http://thehackernews.com/2013/09/nsa-bought-hacking-tools-from-vupen.html
The Daily Dot: http://www.dailydot.com/politics/nsa-malware-vupen/
Spiegel: http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/nsa-kauft-infos-ueber-sicherheitsluecken-von-vupen-a-922765.html

The information sought does contribute to the public understanding and is in the public interest. With the publishing of the Snowden materials and the surrounding media coverage, the past few months have demonstrated a significant increase in the public’s interest in the activities of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. The release of details regarding the NSA’s “black budget” has been one of the biggest stories to break this past year. It is in the public interest to understand how that money is being spent, and the relationship of the NSA with its private contractors.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this appeal.

Sincerely,

Heather Akers-Healy

From: National Security Agency

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

From: National Security Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

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