Rodong Sinmun [State Dept.]

Rich Jones filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2014-08294
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Rich Jones

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all documents mentioning the North Korean news outlet, Rodong Sinmun (including their web publication, located at http://http://www.rodong.rep.kp)

Please include any and all intelligence reports, press clippings, emails, memos, public statements, PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, briefings and internal directives.

In the event that the contents of the requested documents are classified under Executive Order 13526, I also make the following additional requests:

Pursuant to section 1.2 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the level of classification of this information and its existence/nonexistence.

Pursuant to section 1.3 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the specific authority which classified this information.

Pursuant to section 1.4 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the specific classification categories of this information, as well as an identification or description of the damage to national security which the disclosure of this information would produce.

Pursuant to section 1.5 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the specific duration of time for which this classification will stand.

Pursuant to section 1.6 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting all classification markings about this information, including (1) one of the three classification levels defined in section 1.2 of Executive Order 13526, (2) the identity, by name and position, or by personal identifier, of the original classification authority, (3) the agency and office of origin, if not otherwise evident, (4) declassification instructions, and (5) a concise reason for classification that, at a minimum, cites the applicable classification categories in section 1.4 of Executive Order 13526.

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,

Rich Jones

From: FOIA Request

Please provide a time frame so we can continue processing your request. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Requester Communications Branch

From: Rich Jones

Please search from November 1, 1945 until May 12, 2014.

If that is too burdensome, please process from January 1, 2001 onwards.

From: FOIA Request

Thank you.

From: Department of State

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been rejected.

From: Rich Jones

On May 11, 2014, I requested documents under the Freedom of Information Act. My request was assigned the following identification number: F-2014-08294. On 5-23-2014, I received a response to my request in a letter from the Requester Communications Branch. I appeal the denial of my request to waive fees.

I appeal the decision to deny my request for a waiver of fees. I believe that I am entitled to a waiver of fees. Disclosure of the documents I requested is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in my commercial interest.

Submitted as evidence that I am not a commercial requester is the website "http://muckrock.com" - a public interest archive of US government information. I am not an owner or operator of MuckRock, I am simply a user and contributor. My use of MuckRock is analogous to my contributions to the free public online encyclopedia, Wikipedia - I am doing so solely in the interest of public understanding, and not for any commercial gain. I have used the MuckRock service to file hundreds of FOIA requests to other government agencies, and have always been considered a non-commercial requester by every single other branch of government, except the Department of State.

Submitted as evidence that I am member of the news media is the company listings of the company OpenWatch: https://openwatch.net/company/ . OpenWatch is a registered California corporation, and I am an executive board member of this company, which publishes original international news reporting, and provides technological and informational partnerships with other media and public interest groups.

Thank you for your consideration of this appeal.

Sincerely,

Rich Jones

From: FOIA Request

Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox for reply.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jones,

The appropriate office has been forwarded a copy of your e-mail.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: Department of State

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been accepted.

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 May 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 #F-2014-08294.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Rich Jones,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated July 21, 2014, inquiring about the status of your request. Please be advised that a copy of your email has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information regarding the status will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,
Katrina M. Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

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 May 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 #F-2014-08294.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Rich Jones,

This is a follow-up to your e-mail dated August 22, 2014 and case number F-2014-08294, and pertaining to your request. Please be advised that a copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information regarding the status will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484.

Sincerely,
Katrina M. Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

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 May 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 #F-2014-08294.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jones,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated November 20, 2014, inquiring about the status of your request. Please be advised that a copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information regarding the status will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Jennine A. Daniels
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jones,

Your estimated completion date is set for January 2015.
Best,
Jennine A. Daniels
U.S. Department of State

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 May 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 #F-2014-08294.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Rich Jones,

At this time the ECD is still January 30, 2015.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Rich Jones,

At this time the ECD is still January 30, 2015.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

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 May 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 #F-2014-08294.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Rich Jones,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated February 19, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. The search process has been completed and information located is currently in review. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the team that is processing your request. Our office has requested an estimated completion date for your request. You will be informed of the date soon.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Dear Rich Jones,

This is a follow-up e-mail to our February 24 e-mail response to you. The estimated completion date for your request is June 1, 2015.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

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 May 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 #F-2014-08294.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Rich Jones,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated June 30, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Our office has also requested an estimated completion date for your request. That date will be provided to you soon.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

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 May 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 #F-2014-08294.

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

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jones,

I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested a new estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: Department of State

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

From: Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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