US embassy cables on Skripal (Defence)

Ben Riley-Smith filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
Tracking #

19-F-0761

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Ben Riley-Smith


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any diplomatic cables from US embassy in London to the US Defence Department referencing the poisoning of Sergei Skripal from 4 March 2018 to 31 December 2018.

It would be greatly appreciated if materials could be provided on a rolling basis.
If this request is likely to produce more than 500 pages of documents, and thus take a long time to locate and respond, please let me know and I will further refine the scope.

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,

Ben Riley-Smith

From:

Hello,

Please see attached interim response pertaining to your FOIA request.

Thank you,

Christine Mendoza
Government Information Specialist
Freedom of Information Division
OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center
(571) 372-0436
christine.s.mendozapujols.civ@mail.mil

Let us know how we are doing: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562&s=110

From:

Good morning,

This is in response to your e-mail below concerning the processing of your request. Your request is currently tasked to a component office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), to conduct a search for responsive records. However, the component has not provided to this office a response to your request. I have requested an estimated completion date and once I receive that date, I will email you.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Thank you,

Christine Mendoza

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Division

OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

(571) 372-0436

christine.s.mendozapujols.civ@mail.mil

Let us know how we are doing: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562&s=110

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Your request is currently tasked to a component office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), to conduct a search for responsive records. The component has not provided to this office a response to your request. I have requested an estimated completion date and once I receive that date, I will email you.

Very respectfully,

Christine Mendoza

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Division

OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

(571) 372-0436

christine.s.mendozapujols.civ@mail.mil

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

Muckrock,

We have an estimated completion date of November 22, 2019. Please keep in mind that estimated completion dates are subject to change.

Very respectfully,

Christine Mendoza

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Division

OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

(571) 372-0436

christine.s.mendozapujols.civ@mail.mil

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

Good morning,

We continue to process your request. It is our policy that each request receives prompt attention, and every effort is made to treat all requesters equally. As previously noted, and unfortunately, our backlog of open requests at the time your request was received was over 2,920. Once I receive a response, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, I will send you a formal response letter to your request. Please note all documents are reviewed before we respond. Further note the unusual circumstances concerning your case are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this Office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. These 3 factors do have an impact on the processing of your case. I appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Very respectfully,

Christine Mendoza

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Division

OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

(571) 372-0436

christine.s.mendozapujols.civ@mail.mil

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

To Whom It May Concern

We continue to process your request. It is our policy that each request receives prompt attention, and every effort is made to treat all requesters equally. As previously noted, and unfortunately, our backlog of open requests at the time your request was received was over 2,954. Once I receive a response, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, I will send you a formal response letter to your request. Please note all documents are reviewed before we respond. Further note the unusual circumstances concerning your case are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this Office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. These 3 factors do have an impact on the processing of your case. I appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Very respectfully,

Christine Mendoza

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Division

OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

(571) 372-0436

christine.s.mendozapujols.civ@mail.mil

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

Hello,

We continue to process your request. It is our policy that each request receives prompt attention, and every effort is made to treat all requesters equally. As previously noted, and unfortunately, our backlog of open requests at the time your request was received was over 3,094. Once I receive a response, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, I will send you a formal response letter to your request. Please note all documents are reviewed before we respond. Further note the unusual circumstances concerning your case are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this Office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. These 3 factors do have an impact on the processing of your case. I appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Very respectfully,

Christine Mendoza

Government Information Specialist

OSD/JS Freedom of Information Division

☎ (571) 372-0436

christine.s.mendozapujols.civ@mail.mil

Let us know how we are doing: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562&s=110

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

Hello,

Please contact directly the OSD-JS FOIA Requester Service Center, cc'd in this email at whs.mc-alex.esd.mbx.osd-js-foia-requester-service-center@mail.mil for further questions regarding FOIA request
19-F-0761.

v/r,

Christine Mendoza
Management and Program Analyst
Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC)
Christine.s.mendozapujols.civ@mail.mil

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

Good afternoon Mr. Riley-Smith;

Please find attached both FOIA Request 19-F-0761 which was received in our office

on February 11, 2019, as well as our office's final response letter. Please refer to your

assigned case number 19-F-0761 on any future correspondences.

Thank you and have a great day.

Respectfully,

Joan L. Haynesworth

FOIA Analyst - CTR

OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

Executive Services Directorate

Office: (571) 372-0428

NIPR: <mailto:joan.l.haynesworth.ctr@mail.mil> joan.l.haynesworth.ctr@mail.mil

SIPR: <mailto:joan.l.haynesworth.ctr@mail.mil> joan.l.haynesworth.ctr@smil.mil

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

The request has been rejected by the agency.

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