Ronald Pelton case files

Jacob Silverman filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
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84788

Due March 14, 2017
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Response

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From: Jacob Silverman

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All internal reports, damage assessments, notes, official agency histories, and files related to the investigation of Ronald William Pelton, an agency analyst who was jailed for espionage in 1986. Book IV of a redacted agency history, "American Cryptology during the Cold War, 1945-1989", discusses NSA officers debriefing Pelton following his conviction, but little detail is included. I request all records of these debriefing sessions, as well as any related documents about the Pelton case and its impact on the agency.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am a freelance journalist (www.jacobsilverman.com) researching espionage cases from 1986, the so-called Year of the Spy. Pelton's recent release from federal prison has rekindled interest in his case, which has become an important, but under-examined, artifact of Cold War history.

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,

Jacob Silverman

From: National Security Agency

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: National Security Agency

Muckrock Requester's:

The FOIA requests referenced below (NSA Case Numbers) are in our initial processing backlog queue waiting to be pulled to conduct the necessary searches; further correspondence from NSA will not be initiated until the case is pulled for this search processing step.

NSA Case Numbers: 82333, 82334, 83261, 83336, 83549, 83606, 83817, 84512, 84529, 84530, 84696, 84788, 85523, 85612, 100484, 100802, 100816, 100831, 100889, 101477, 101689, 101745, and 101994.
Regards,
NSA FOIA Office
301-688-6527

From: National Security Agency

Muckrock Requester's:

The FOIA requests referenced below (NSA Case Numbers) are in our initial processing backlog queue waiting to be pulled to conduct the necessary searches; further correspondence from NSA will not be initiated until the case is pulled for this search processing step.

NSA Case Numbers: 82333, 82334, 83261, 83336, 83549, 83606, 83817, 84512, 84529, 84530, 84696, 84788, 85523, 85612, 100484, 100802, 100816, 100831, 100889, 101477, 101689, 101745, and 101994.
Regards,
NSA FOIA Office
301-688-6527

From: National Security Agency

Muckrock Requester's:

The FOIA requests referenced below (NSA Case Numbers) are in our initial processing backlog queue waiting to be pulled to conduct the necessary searches; further correspondence from NSA will not be initiated until the case is pulled for this search processing step.

NSA Case Numbers: 82333, 82334, 83261, 83336, 83549, 83606, 83817, 84512, 84529, 84530, 84696, 84788, 85523, 85612, 100484, 100802, 100816, 100831, 100889, 101477, 101689, 101745, and 101994.
Regards,
NSA FOIA Office
301-688-6527

From: National Security Agency

Good Morning,

This further responds to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of 25 May 2016, for "All internal reports, damage assessments, notes, official agency histories, and files related to the investigation of Ronald William Pelton, an agency analyst who was jailed for espionage in 1986." Your request has recently been assigned for processing from our initial backlog. Before we continue processing your request, we want to establish your continued interest.

Please advise this office within 15 days of the date of this e-mail of your continued interest. You may advise us by facsimile at 443-479-3612, in writing to the National Security Agency, ATTN: FOIA Office (P132), 9800 Savage Road STE 6932, Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-6932, or by responding to this e-mail. In any instance, please reference the Case Number 84318. If no response is received by the end of the 15 days, we will assume that you are no longer interested in pursuing the request, and we will administratively close your case with no further processing.

Thank you,

FOIA Customer Representative

From: Jacob Silverman

I want to affirm my interest in Case Number 84318. Thank you.

Jacob Silverman

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