Shahram Amiri [CIA]

Rich Jones filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2017-02544
Est. Completion None
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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 Shahram Amiri, born 8 November 1978, died 3 August 2016. The CIA's knowledge of Shahram has been widely reported in the popular media, including in all of the following articles:

"Iranian Kurdish Scientist Shahram Amiri Executed". Millet Press. 7 August 2016.
"Iran confirms it has executed nuclear scientist". Associated Press. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
"Saudi 'deplores' Iran kidnapped scientist claim". Riyadh: AFP. 8 December 2009. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
"Missing Iranian scientist appears at embassy in US". BBC News. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
"Iranian Nuclear Physicist Missing". Selected Headlines. Tehran Bureau. 27 September 2009 – via PBS.
Shuster, Mike. "Covert War With Iran: A 'Wilderness Of Mirrors'", NPR, 10 May 2011
Catherine Philp,"Iran says US took nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri" The Australian, 9 October 2009.
Fassihi, Farnaz."Iran Says Amiri Spied on U.S.", The Wall Street Journal, 21 July 2010
"Exclusive: Iranian Nuke Scientist Is En Route to Iran". Brian Ross, ABCnews, 14 July 2010.
"Iranian nuke defections offer peek at shadow war". Haaretz, 11 October 2009.
Cole, Matthew. "Iran Nuclear Scientist Defects to U.S. In CIA 'Intelligence Coup'". ABC News. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
"Shahram Amiri, Iranian Nuclear Scientist and Defector, on Hunger Strike". Retrieved 7 August 2016.
"Amiri hanged?", BBC News; accessed 7 August 2016.
Iran: US behind missing scientist Julian Borger, guardian.co.uk, 7 October 2009
Mystery over Iranian researcher BBC.co.uk, 8 October 2009.
Peterson, Scott (31 March 2010). "Iranian scientist defects: US covert ops hurt Iran nuclear program".
"Iran sees U.S. role in researcher's disappearance". 8 October 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
Iran FM accuses US in nuke scientist disappearance, Associated Press, 7 October 2009.
"U.S. Says Scientist Aided C.I.A. While Still in Iran". The New York Times. July 15, 2010.
"Iranian defector could spend rest of life in fear". Associated Press. July 16, 2010.
"Shahram Amiri spied for the US in Iran, reports say". BBC News. 16 July 2010.
Sherwell, Philip (12 December 2009). "Iranian scientist who vanished 'gave nuclear secrets' to UN inspectors sent to Qom site". The Sunday Telegraph. London, UK. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
"Iranian scientist emerges in DC but mystery only deepens", The New York Times, 14 July 2010.
"Iran nuclear scientist Amiri in US 'kidnap' dispute", BBC News, 8 June 2010.
"Headlines for June 08, 2010". Decmocracynow.ord. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
"Iran scientist Shahram Amiri – video transcripts". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
"Videos deepen mystery over Iran nuclear scientist Amiri". BBC News. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
Cole, Matthew (30 June 2010). "Iranian Defector: I've Escaped from CIA". ABC News. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
Interview with Amiri's wife and son, part one (in Persian) IRIB News, 23 June 2010
Interview with Amiri's wife and son, part two (in Persian) IRIB News, 23 June 2010
"Iran nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri 'flees US captors'". BBC News. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
"Missing Iran scientist says he escaped U.S. agents: report". Reuters. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2016 – via Reuters.
"Iran 'has proof US kidnapped missing scientist'". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
BBC NEWS 14 July 2010
Black, Ian. "Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri heads home", The Guardian, 14 July 2010
"Iran scientist returns to Tehran", Wall Street Journal, 14 July 2010.
جهان, سایت خبری تحلیلی تابناك اخبار ایران و. "جزئیات ربوده شدن شهرام‌امیری از زبان خودش". TABNAK. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
"Omani minister discusses talks to release hiker" CNN, 17 September 2010
"شهرام امیری از زمان بازگشت به ایران 'در زندان' بوده است – BBC Persian". Bbc.com. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
"Iran executes nuclear scientist who returned to country from US". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
"Mother of Executed Iranian Scientist Describes Last Visit With Son Day Before His Death". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
"PressTV-Iran confirms execution of nuclear spy". Presstv.ir. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
"Iran to make telefilm on abduction of Shahram Amiri". en.mehrnews.com. Mehr News Agency. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2016.

In the event that the contents of any 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.

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,

Rich Jones

From: Central Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.

From: Rich Jones

This is an appeal to the response of request: F-2017-02544

My appeal is on the basis that the response is incomplete given the language of the request. The request included the request for this specific information:

"In the event that the contents of any 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."

Since the Agency's response invoked Executive Order 13526, I am also entitled to the non-secret meta-information, as described and required by Executive Order 13526.

Thank you in advance for providing this information,
Rich Jones

From: Central Intelligence Agency

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

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