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Silk Road anonymous marketplace (FBI)

Jason Smathers made this request to Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI of the United States of America.

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Jason Smathers 06/23/2011

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records on, about, mentioning or concerning "Silk Road" (aka: Silk Road
anonymous marketplace, aka: ianxz6zefk72ulzz.onion). An online anonymous buying and selling service that is only available via the TOR network at the address ianxz6zefk72ulzz.onion

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,

Jason Smathers

"Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov> 06/23/2011

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it will be forwarded to the Work Process Unit or a Single Station Disclosure Team for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOI/PA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOI/PA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI's decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. Upon receipt of an FOI/PA Request Number, you can check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and by clicking on the 'Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request' link under the (Records Available Now) section. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4997

Federal Bureau of Investigation 07/28/2011

Jason Smathers 08/07/2011

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 23, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

"Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov> 08/08/2011

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The above foia request was closed on 7-27-11 with a "NO RECORD" response letter being mailed to you.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4997

Jason Smathers 09/06/2011

I find it difficult to believe that the FBI has no record of Silk Road. The Silk Road Anonymous Marketplace is a well known internet marketplace for illegal drugs, guns, credit card fraud, etc.

I ask that you do an additional search, tasking the appropriate parts of your agency that handle such crimes.

Thank you very much.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

David P. Sobonya 09/06/2011

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it has been forwarded to the Work Process Unit or the assigned Disclosure analyst for review. A response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4997

Jason Smathers 11/29/2011

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 23, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1170137-000.

Thank you for your help.

Jason Smathers 11/29/2011

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 23, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1170137-000.

Thank you for your help.

"Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov> 11/29/2011

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request. A review of your request has determined the following:

The above FOIA request is presently being reviewed by a Disclosure analyst and is still pending.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the 'Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request' link under the Records Available Now section

Additional information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact me.

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

MuckRock.com 01/10/2012

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 23, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1170137-000.

Thank you for your help.

"Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov> 01/10/2012

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request. A review of your request has determined the following:

The above FOIA request is presently being reviewed by a Disclosure analyst and is still pending.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the 'Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request' link under the Records Available Now section

Additional information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact me.

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

MuckRock.com 02/26/2012

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 23, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1170137-000.

Thank you for your help.

MuckRock.com 02/26/2012

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 23, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1170137-000.

Thank you for your help.

"Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov> 02/28/2012

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The above FOIA request was reopened on 10-17-11 and is presently under review by a Disclosure analyst. The request has not been completed as of this date.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

MuckRock.com 05/08/2012

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 23, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1170137-000.

Thank you for your help.

"Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov> 05/09/2012

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Your request is presently assigned to Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Due to voluminous requests that the FBI receives on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis a specific time frame for completion cannot be provided. You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the 'Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request' link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

MuckRock.com 06/08/2012

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 23, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1170137-000.

Thank you for your help.

"Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov> 06/11/2012

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The request was closed and responsive records were mailed to you on 5-30-12.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Jason Smathers 06/12/2012

Hi David,

Were this request (1170137-000) and (1170137-002) combined into one response? They were largely similar, but the latter was originally submitted to the DoJ which then referred it to the FBI.

Thanks for your help clarifying.

"Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov> 06/12/2012

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The last three digits after the hyphen (-) of the first seven digits are used when a request was closed and needs to be reopened. The initial request was assigned FOIA #1170137-000. That request was closed and reopened and was assigned FOIA Request Number #1170137-001. Again, 001, means it was closed and reopened. The last three digits (002), indicates the request was closed and reopened for a second time. When a request is reopened using the same FOIA request number, only the last three digits after the hyphen change as illustrated above.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

MuckRock.com 08/14/2012

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 23, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1170137-003.

Thank you for your help.

Sobonya, David P. 08/16/2012

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The request was closed and a release of information was mailed to you on 5-30-12. If you did not receive the records please advise this section and another copy will be mailed to you.

MuckRock.com 08/24/2012

Did the 5-30-12 include responsive documents? No responsive documents were ever received, although this request was reopened with additional information.

Federal Bureau of Investigation 08/27/2012