Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (WikiLeaks)

Alexa O'Brien filed this request with the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction of the United States of America.
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From: Alexa O'Brien

November 27, 2013

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 Iraq 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.


Alexa O’Brien

From: Special Access and FOIA Staff

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From: Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction

A no responsive documents response.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 6, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #NW_42356.

Thank you for your help.

From: Special Access and FOIA Staff

Dear Ms. O'Brien,

We apologize that you did not receive a response yet. One should have been
mailed to you on February 27, 2014. Since you have not received the
response yet we have attached a PDF of the letter to this email for your
convenience. Please feel free to contact us again if you have any
questions. Thank you.


Jenny Namsiriwan Crabb
Special Access and FOIA Staff