Syria Statement of Principles

Matthew Petti filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
Tracking #

20-F-1319

Due July 20, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Matthew Petti


To Whom It May Concern:

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the { law name }, I hereby request the following records:

any "statement of principles" on Syria written or co-authored by then-acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan in December 2018 or January 2019.

According to former National Security John Bolton's upcoming book, In the Room Where It Happened, Shanahan and several other cabinet officials had "agreed to draft a one-page 'statement of principles' on Syria to avoid misunderstandings, which Defense thought was particularly important," before meeting with Turkish officials in January 2019.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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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.

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Sincerely,

Matthew Petti

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,

Matthew Petti

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Dear Matthew Petti,
The status of your FOIA request #20-F-1319 has been updated to the following status 'Received'. To log into the PAL Application click on the Application URL below.

https://pal.whs.mil

Sincerely,
OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Dear Matthew Petti,

Case Number 20-F-1319 has been assigned to the request you submitted. In all future correspondence regarding this request please reference case number 20-F-1319.
Regards,
OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Good Morning Mr. Petti,

Please see attached for the interim response to your FOIA request 20-F-1319.

V/r,

Celeste N. Killens

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Division

OSD / JS FOIA Office

571-372-0471

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Good Afternoon Mr. Petti,

Please see attached for interim response to FOIA request 20-F-1319.

V/r,

Celeste N. Killens

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Division

OSD / JS FOIA Office

571-372-0471

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