|Submitted||Dec. 2, 2013|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This letter constitutes a request under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552, and is submitted on behalf of journalist Alexa O’Brien.
I seek any and all documents in the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s possession that pertain to the WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date.
I am a “representative of the news media” for fee waiver purposes. See Project on Military Procurement v. Department of the Navy, 710 F. Supp. 362, 363, 365 (D.C.D. 1989). My work has been published in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian UK, Salon, and featured by PBS Frontline, On The Media and Public Radio International. Based on my status as a “news media” requester, I am entitled to receive the requested record with only duplication fees asserted. Further, because disclosure of this information will “contribute greatly to the public understanding of the operation or activities of the government,” duplication fees should be waived.
There is a compelling need for the requested documents such that expedited processing is appropriate. I am engaged in disseminating information. There exists an urgent need to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity. As 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(E)(ii)(I) provides, I will anticipate your determination on our request within ten (10) calendar days.
I requests that in the event that access to any of the requested records is denied pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(b), I be provided with all non-exempt portions which are reasonably segregable. I further request that you describe the deleted material in detail and specify the statutory basis for the denial as well as your reasons for believing that the alleged statutory justification applies in this instance. Please separately state your reasons for not invoking your discretionary powers to release the requested documents. Such statements will be helpful in deciding whether to appeal an adverse determination, and in formulating arguments in case an appeal is taken. I reserve my right to appeal the withholding or deletion of any information and expect that you will list the office and address were such an appeal can be sent.
I requests that documents responsive to this request be provided to me in electronic format on a CD-ROM.
Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this request.
Please acknowledge receipt of my FOIA request dated Dec. 2, 2013?
Dear Ms. O'Brien:
This email acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
(SIGAR), seeking the following information:
"Any and all documents in SIGAR's possession that pertain to the WikiLeaks
website or organization from January 2006 to the present."
Your request is dated December 2, 2013. However, this office did not
officially receive your request until December 6, 2013.
We have queried the appropriate component of SIGAR for responsive records
and they are currently being reviewed for determination of releasability.
We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request and will follow
up with you no later than January 6, 2013 regarding release determination.
You may contact this office at 703-545-6046 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Your request has been assigned
reference number 2014-F-009. Please refer to this identifier in any future
Shamelle S. Tarver
Public Information Manager
Good Afternoon Ms. O'Brien,
Please see the attached letter regarding your Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request dated 2-Dec-13. Please let me know if you have any
questions or concerns.
Shamelle Simone' Tarver
Public Information Manager
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
1550 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202