Qian Xuesen (CIA)

Paul Galante filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking #

F-2018-01389

Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

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From: Paul Galante

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records on Qian Xuesen (aka Hsue-shen Tsien, H.S. Tsien, Qian Xuelin, Qian Xue-sen) (b. 12/11/1911 - d. 10/31/2009), a noted Chinese rocket scientist instrumental in developing China's nuclear weapons and missile programs. The scope of this request is to include briefings, cables, letters, memos, and reports, and exclude translations of scientific articles or abstracts and copies of open source material, such as newspaper articles.

If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that CIA has no other copies of said records. If previously released records within the scope described above are available, then I request a rolling release consisting of those records while additional records are located and processed for release.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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,

Paul Galante

From: Central Intelligence Agency

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Paul Galante

To Whom It May Concern:

This is an appeal of FOIA Request F-2018-01389. I am appealing the decision that the Agency can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the documents requested, integrity of the search performed, and the records received. The records provided in the the response are already available on CIA's FOIA website, ones which I was already aware of. Taking into consideration Xuesen's stature in China and the circumstances of his leaving the United States, it is highly unlikely that the records previously provided are the only ones able to be reviewed and released by CIA on the subject. Please conduct a full search for records responsive to my request.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,

Paul Galante

From: Central Intelligence Agency

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

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