NSA contracts with Palantir (corrected address)

Heather Akers-Healy filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 77531A
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 Palantir Technologies and related services over the past 5 years. Palantir contracting offices are located at:

1530 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, California 94304

100 Hamilton Ave Ste 300
Palo Alto, California, 94301-1651

635 Waverly Street
Palo Alto, California 94301

Please search for contracts from these locations. I may request contracts from other locations in subsequent, separate requests. Please note this is not a keyword search. Palantir Technologies is the contracting company.

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 contributes 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.

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

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Dear MuckRock Requesters;

This email responds to the automated status check(s) submitted for Cases 76116, 76886, 77600, 77531, 77215, 76295, and 75995. The case is still in our initial processing queue. Once the search for documents is initiated and/or complete, the responsive material is then compiled in our backlog for review. Please be advised that, since the records you request are related to contract or acquisition records, it is likely that we will have to consult externally prior to release which could cause additional delays. We cannot estimate the completion date at this time. However, we do not anticipate this case coming up for a search tasking, if applicable, for approximately 12 months.

We appreciate your patience thus far.
Regards,
Cindy Blacker
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #77531.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Your case is in one of our initial processing queues pending assignment for further evaluation and/or document search if applicable. This means we still need to search for documents, after it's assigned. Due to the significant increase in FOIA requests, it is difficult estimate the completion date at this time. Estimating an actual completion date for your case is also difficult, as it is entirely dependent on whether or not document are located, how many documents are found, and the complexity of any document located. The average completion date for cases such as yours is 1-2 years. Please be advised that this estimate is subject to change.

Thank you for your patience,

Cindy
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

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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