Secretary Gates' cell phone

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all files stored on the cell phone(s), smart phone(s), PDA(s), iPod(s), iPad(s), or other portable electronic device(s) smaller than a typical laptop computer which is used by Secretary Gates. Please include all pictures, videos, documents and all other records stored on Secretary Gates' electronic devices. Include both government issued devices and devices owned personally by Secretary Gates where they are used (even rarely) for US government purposes.

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, 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.


Jason Smathers
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From: Office of Secretary of Defense

Mr. Smathers,

We have received your February 2, 2011 request for a copy of all files stored on the mobile devices used by the Secretary of Defense. However, as your request does not set out a date range or topic of interest your request is not reasonably described for further processing. Please provide a specific subject of interest and relevant date range by February 23, 2011 to avoid administrative closure of your request.

Thanks you,

Brandon J. Gaylord

OSD/JS FOIA Specialist

(703) 696-3203

From: Jason Smathers

The date range I request is all records currently stored on his mobile device today, 2/16/2011.

The subject matter for my request is any record, including voice recordings, videos, and pictures that are used or stored on his mobile device. Please limit my request to these records which the secretary has deemed to be needed on his mobile device or were originated on that device.

From: Office of the Secretary of Defense