Summit Showdown

Carlos Gamez filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking #

F-2018-03788

Due June 22, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Carlos Gamez


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. All emails (and attachments) to and from Mike Pompeo that contains the words "North Korea", "summit" and "cancellation" from 04/24/2018 to present date.
2. All communications to and from the White House that relates to the letter sent by Donald Trump to Kim Jong In on May 24th.
3. All documents that contain the word "Summit" "Letter" and "Cancellation"
4. All materials that were prepared for the summit

Fee Waiver:
1. The information requested is likely to contribute to an understanding of what the government is doing. This is since it will show “internal efficiency” and explain how and why a decision was made. This is since it will show how the US made the decision to leave the summit. This is since the letter should’ve been processed through various agencies including yours. This information will show and bring to light the decision made to leave the summit.
2. This information appeals to a broad range of people across the world. This is since everyone is interested in what North Korea is going to do next. So, people are interested to see what exactly caused this decision to be made. Also, due to the media reporting this information it has caused the public to have more interest. Lastly, this can be shown as a “peak interest” due to the possibility of a world crisis.
3. This will significantly allow the public to see what exactly has been going on. This is since the documents would be the only piece of vital information. This is since it would show the full “processing and development” of such a decision. Also, it would determine the agreement rate between the agency and the White House (in a way). This is since it would allow insight to be obtained of what people in government thought about it. Also, it would show what other documents have not been able to show.
Expedited Processing:
There is a compelling need to release this information in a fast manner. This is since it will inform the public of government activity.
1. Value will be lost if this information is not released quickly. This is since presently, the media has gotten hold of this and it is now breaking news (See https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/24/politics/donald-trump-north-korea-summit/index.html). This means that if information is not presented quickly the media will move on to other segments. Also, right know this information causes discomfort in the “global game of politics”. This information is very current as it happened within the last couple of days. There has also been multiple searches on various sites in regards to this information. The American public requires this information to determine what steps to make. Also, it was announced all of a sudden that the public pleads for more information on this issue. Lastly, there is a need to determine whether the letter was adequate.
2. This deals with a government activity, alleged or actual. This is since it is something that the government did. Also, the DOS acts as a “middle man “ in such a situation. So, by default this is a clear activity done by the DOS. Also, this will be published on Muckrock and it will be distributed property. This is since the organization thorough which the information is to be distributed has such a purpose.
3. If the information is not released it would be harmful. This is since such information would show some information that otherwise wouldn’t be shown. Due to the nature of the information, there can be a eloquent reasoning behind the cancellation. The media out there now asks the questions that has not been answered. Also, it would determine what exactly should be America’s next steps. Lastly, it will provide a “treasure trove” in correct timing.

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,

Carlos Gamez

From: U.S. Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Mr. Carlos Gamez,

This email is in response to your letter dated August 6, 2018 regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2018-03788. The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in processing. You will be notified of the Department's search and review effort in response to this request as soon as it becomes available.

The Department processes FOIA and Privacy Act requests on a first-in, first-out basis, and currently has a backlog of approximately 10,400 cases. As a result, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.

Sincerely,

J. Berhane

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Gamez,

This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2018-03788. The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process. You will be notified of the Department’s search and review efforts in response to this request as soon as that information becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Gamez,

This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2018-03788.

The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process. You will be notified of the Department’s search and review efforts in response to this request as soon as that information becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Gamez,

This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2018-03788. The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process. You will be notified of the Department's search and review efforts in response to this request as soon as that information becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

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