Paul Almanza communications with the Department of Justice Criminal Division

Alexa O'Brien filed this request with the Army - United States Department of the Army of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-05937-F
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Communications

From: Alexa O'Brien

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

Any and all records or data products inclusive of those in electronic form of communications between Paul Almanza, former Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy, and Deputy Chief, later in February 2012 the National Coordinator for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction in the office of the Deputy Attorney General with any attorney, agent, or employees in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice between the dates of March 2010 until the time that Almanza left the Department of Justice around September 2012, to include-- but not exclusive of any other records-- emails; letters; memos; meeting minutes; meeting notes; transcripts; presentations; calendar entries, final or draft working documents; papers; reports; and/or forms.

If you regard these documents as potentially exempt from disclosure requirements, I request that you nonetheless exercise your discretion to disclose them.

Please release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of documents.

If you deny all or any part of this request, please cite each specific exemption you think justifies your refusal to release the information and notify me of appeal procedures available under the law.

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, 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 for searching for, reviewing, or copying the records, please notify me before processing if the amount exceeds $100 (one-hundred U.S. dollars).

I would prefer the request be 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,

Alexa D. O'Brien

Footnote [1] My work has been published in the Guardian, Salon, and featured by PBS Frontline, On The Media and Public Radio International. http://gu.com/p/3e6gd/tw; http://www.salon.com/writer/alexa_obrien/ ; http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/foreign-affairs-defense/wikisecrets/the-indie-journalists-at-the-center-of-the-bradley-manning-trial/; http://www.onthemedia.org/2013/mar/15/covering-manning-trial/?utm_source=/2013/mar/15/bradley-manning-and-aiding-enemy/&utm_medium=treatment&utm_campaign=morelikethis

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 2, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: CRM FOIA

From: Department of Justice, Criminal Division

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Alexa O'Brien

This pertains to his role in his US Army reserve position as the Investigating Officer in Bradley Manning's court-martial or the WikiLeaks investigation.

From: Alexa O'Brien

This pertains to his role in his US Army reserve position as the Investigating Officer in Bradley Manning's court-martial or the WikiLeaks investigation. Almaza was a civilian employee at the DOJ at the time, which also had an open criminal investigation into Manning and Assange.

Suggested but not excluded to the following keywords: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, Lt. Col. Mark Holzer (Almanza legal advisor), Colonel Stephen R. Henley (Almanza was appointed Investigating Officer by this individual)

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 2, 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 #CRM-2013003919F.

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 2, 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 #CRM-2013003919F.

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 2, 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 #CRM-2013003919F.

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 2, 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 #CRM-2013003919F.

Thank you for your help.

From: CRM FOIA

Ms. O'Brien,

I believe you asking about your request, which was assigned file number CRM-201300391F.

That request is currently being processed by Government Information Specialist Michael Bryant who I copied on this email and can be reached at 202-514-5784.

Thank you,
FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
U.S. DOJ

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 2, 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 #CRM-2013003919F.

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 2, 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 #CRM-2013003919F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Olabode, Tolulope A CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

Good Afternoon Sir/Ma:

Attached is a response to your FOIA request.

If you have any question(s), please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Thanks

Tolu Olabode, Program Analyst
7701 Telegraph Road, Suite 144
Alexandria, VA 22315-3905
U.S. Army, RMDA
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Office (FOIA/PA)
Direct Line: (703)-428-6497
Email: tolu.a.olabode@us.army.mil

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Per the attached, this request has been forwarded to your attention. Please confirm.

Thank you.

From: Olabode, Tolulope A CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

Good Morning Sir/Ma:

Attached is a response to your FOIA request.

If you have any question(s), please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Thanks

Tolu Olabode, Program Analyst
7701 Telegraph Road, Suite 144
Alexandria, VA 22315-3905
U.S. Army, RMDA
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Office (FOIA/PA)
Direct Line: (703)-428-6497
Email: tolu.a.olabode@us.army.mil

From: Walukonis, Joseph E CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Dear Ms. O'Brien,

This FOIA e-mail and attached PDF is in response to your FOIA request
dated March 27, 2014 directed to the U.S. Department of Justice for
records concerning Paul Almanza, a former DOJ attorney and U.S. Army
Reserve Officer who participated in the military court martial proceedings
involving PFC Bradley Manning.

Please note that the Department of Justice forwarded this action to
the Department of the Army in two parts (U.S. Army Case numbers are 14-0832
and 14-0833).

I have forwarded your request to the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency
(USALSA)
For action and direct response to you.

USALSA's contact information is in the attached PDF, "FOIA Letter 14-0832."

Thank you for your participation in the Army's Freedom of Information Act
Program.

If I can be of further assistance, please contact me via e-mail, phone,
or by the address on the memo in the PDF.

V/R

Joseph E. Walukonis

FOIA Analyst

U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency

Freedom of Information and Privacy Division

703-428-6504

joseph.e.walukonis.civ@mail.mil

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: Walukonis, Joseph E CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Dear Ms. O'Brien,

This FOIA e-mail and attached PDF is in response to your FOIA request
dated March 27, 2014 directed to the U.S. Department of Justice for
records concerning Paul Almanza, a former DOJ attorney and U.S. Army
Reserve Officer who participated in the military court martial proceedings
involving PFC Bradley Manning.

Please note that the Department of Justice forwarded this action to
the Department of the Army in two parts (U.S. Army Case numbers are 14-0832
and 14-0833).

I have forwarded your request to the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency
(USALSA)
For action and direct response to you.

USALSA's contact information is in the attached PDF, "FOIA Letter 14-0832."

Thank you for your participation in the Army's Freedom of Information Act
Program.

If I can be of further assistance, please contact me via e-mail, phone,
or by the address on the memo in the PDF.

V/R

Joseph E. Walukonis

FOIA Analyst

U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency

Freedom of Information and Privacy Division

703-428-6504

joseph.e.walukonis.civ@mail.mil

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: MuckRock

Mr. Walukonis,

Please provide the e-mail address to which this request (copied below) was forwarded.

Thank you

From: Walukonis, Joseph E CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Ms. O'Brien,

We do not have an organizational e-mail address for the U.S. Army Legal
Services
Agency FOIA Office. You may call them at: (703) 693-1309.

v/r

Joe Walukonis

From: Olabode, Tolulope A CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

Good Morning Sir/Ma:

Attached is a response to your FOIA request.

If you have any question(s), please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Thanks

Tolu Olabode, Program Analyst

7701 Telegraph Road, Suite 144

Alexandria, VA 22315-3905

U.S. Army, RMDA

Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Office (FOIA/PA)

Direct Line: (703)-428-6497

Email: tolu.a.olabode@us.army.mil

From: Federal Bureau of Investigations

From: Department of the Navy

FWD

From: Janet Beasley

From: Army - United States Department of the Army

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Army - United States Department of the Army

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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