U.S. International Trade Commission (WikiLeaks)

Alexa O'Brien filed this request with the U.S. International Trade Commission of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-07
Status
Completed

Communications

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 U.S. International Trade Commission’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.

Sincerely,

Alexa O’Brien

From: U.S. International Trade Commission

ATTENTION TO : ALEXA OBRIEN

Good morning we received your faxed FOIA request dated November 27, 2013 in our office on November 28, 2013 (Thanksgiving Holiday). The official date of receipt will be November 29, 2013, which puts your request for expedited handling at December 13, 2013. It will be assigned FOIA number 14-07.

We will let you know if your request for expedited handling will be granted after the Chief FOIA Officer has reviewed your request.

In the meantime, If you have any questions please let us know.

I hope the e-mail address is correct? Please let us know by responding to this e-mail.

Can you let us know what your business phone number is also.

Jacqueline N. Gross, FOIA Liaison
Office of the Secretary
U.S. International Trade Commission
500 E Street SW
Washington, DC 20436
202-205-1816
jackie.gross@usitc.gov<mailto:Jackie.gross@usitc.gov>

From: U.S. International Trade Commission

This letter is in response to your communication dated November 27, 2013, which we received by fax on November 29, 2013 . In that communication, you requested, under the Freedom of Information Act, that we release to you all documents in the possession of the United States International Trade Commission that pertain to the WIKILEAKS website or organization from January 2006 to the present date.

In that communication, you additionally requested expedited processing for this Freedom of Information Act request based on your responsibility to release urgent information to the public about "alleged federal government activity."

Your request for expeditious processing is hereby denied. You have not demonstrated that there is urgency in the current circumstances 19 C.F.R. § 201.17(b)(3). This denial of expeditious treatment is without prejudice to the normal processing of your FOIA request.

Your fee waiver request will be granted if responsive records are found.

You have the right to appeal this denial. Any appeal should be addressed to the Chairman of the Commission. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me or Jacqueline N. Gross at 202-205-2595.

Jacqueline N. Gross, FOIA Liaison
On behalf of Chief FOIA Officer Lisa R. Barton
Office of the Secretary
U.S. International Trade Commission
500 E Street SW
Washington, DC 20436
202-205-1816
Jackie.gross@usitc.gov<mailto:Jackie.gross@usitc.gov>

From: U.S. International Trade Commission

Ok. Thanks

From: U.S. International Trade Commission

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: U.S. International Trade Commission

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Alexa O'Brien

January 6, 2014

Chairman
United States International Trade Commission
500 E Street, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20436

RE: Freedom of Information Act Appeal for 14-07

To whom it may concern:

On November 27, 2013, I requested documents under the Freedom of Information Act. I sought, “any and all documents in the U.S. International Trade Commission’s possession that pertain to the WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date.”

In the U.S. International Trade Commission’s final response to my FOIA request dated December 30, 2013, Mr. William Bishop wrote, “Attached are records responsive to your request,” which consisted of 2 documents totaling 3 pages. Mr. Bishop’s also stated, that the ITC is “withholding 152 pages of records under FOIA Exemption 5. Exemption 5 of the FOIA (5 USC 552(b) (5)) concerns information that is subject to privilege.” Bishop also stated that my “request is being referred to another agency.”

I am challenging the inadequate search and all of the exemptions and withholdings on the grounds that Exemption 5 is not applicable.

Please conduct a search for responsive documents that pertain to the WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date, to include any documents related or resulting from:

A. WikiLeaks Publications.

B. Criminal investigations of Wikileaks and the prosecution and court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier recently convicted on twenty counts and sentenced to 35 years for disclosing information to WikiLeaks (or any other individual under investigation vis a vis WikiLeaks).

C. Mitigation efforts in response to the unauthorized disclosure of government information to the WikiLeaks organization.

D. Impact of Wikileaks disclosures on trade relations.

Part II

A. WikiLeaks Publications

EARLY WIKILEAKS PUBLICATIONS

On May 22, 2008, WikiLeaks published “Proposed US ACTA plurilateral intellectual property trade agreement (2007)”

http://www.wikileaks.org/wiki/Proposed_US_ACTA_plurilateral_intellectual_property_trade_agreement_(2007)

On March 13, 2009, WikiLeaks published “EU DG Trade internal brief: Vademecum on Access to Documents, Jan 2009”

http://www.wikileaks.org/wiki/EU_DG_Trade_internal_brief:_Vademecum_on_Access_to_Documents,_Jan_2009

On March 13, 2009, WikiLeaks published “EU DG Trade internal brief: Vademecum on Access to Documents, Jan 2009”

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/EU_DG_Trade_internal_brief:_Vademecum_on_Access_to_Documents,_Jan_2009

On April 4, 2009, WikiLeaks published “Canadian Foreign Affairs and Trade ACTA Consultation Report, 2008”

http://www.wikileaks.org/wiki/Canadian_Foreign_Affairs_and_Trade_ACTA_Consultation_Report,_2008

On April 4, 2009, WikiLeaks published “Canadian Foreign Affairs and Trade ACTA Consultation Report, 2008”

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Canadian_Foreign_Affairs_and_Trade_ACTA_Consultation_Report,_2008

On April 11, 2009, WikiLeaks published “Classified US, Japan and EU ACTA trade agreement drafts, 2009”

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Classified_US%2C_Japan_and_EU_ACTA_trade_agreement_drafts%2C_2009

On July 17, 2009, WikiLeaks published “Debt consolidator makes hay from financial crisis by preying on the poor: US Federal Trade Commission complaints on Morgan Drexen”

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Debt_consolidator_makes_hay_from_financial_crisis_by_preying_on_the_poor:_US_Federal_Trade_Commission_complaints_on_Morgan_Drexen

On June 23, 2009, WikiLeaks published, “EU-India Free Trade Agreement draft, 24 Feb 2009”

http://www.wikileaks.org/wiki/EU-India_Free_Trade_Agreement_draft,_24_Feb_2009

On December 16, 2009, WikiLeaks published “Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Intellectual Property chapter, 22 Sep 2009”

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Canada-EU_Comprehensive_Economic_and_Trade_Agreement_(CETA)_Intellectual_Property_chapter,_22_Sep_2009

CABLEGATE (2010 and 2011)

On 23 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 09SHENYANG195 dated 5 Nov 2009, entitled, ‘Zone Defense: Dalian Administrators Tell USITC What We Already Know’

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09SHENYANG195&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 09SHENYANG194 dated 5 Nov 2009, entitled ‘In The Zone: Companies Tell Us Their Dalian Experiences’, concerning:

“The October 26 27 visit of officers from the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to various development zones in the port city of Dalian, Liaoning Province, provided an opportunity to visit several U.S.-invested and Chinese companies, including Intel, Epoch International Enterprises, Neusoft, and Genpact.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09SHENYANG194&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 09BEIJING3043 dated 4 Nov 2009, entitled ‘Media Reaction: U.S. In Asia, U.S.-China Trade, U.S. Policy.’ The cable cited an article in the Guangdong 21st Century Publishing Company Ltd.'s business newspaper 21st Century Business Herald (21Shiji Jingji Baodao) on November 4, 2009, which stated:

"Shortly after the U.S. and China agreed not to implement new protectionist measures at the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Hangzhou last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission started trade investigations on Chinese seamless steel pipes, which was perceived as a stab in the back by those who had expected decreased trade friction.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09BEIJING3043&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 09GUANGZHOU619 dated 3 Nov 2009, entitled ‘Secretary Locke's Participation In IP Forum Advances IPR Agenda In South China’ concerning The Pearl River Delta Forum on Innovation and Intellectual Property (IP) that was:

“attended by representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Embassy Beijing, U.S. Consulate Hong Kong, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Trade Representative's Office, U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Executives from key U.S. companies affected by difficult south China IPR conditions also participated in the forum and a series of other events with the Secretary and Ambassador (septel).”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09GUANGZHOU619&q=international-trade-commission

On 24 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 09KYIV1703, dated 2 Oct 2009 and entitled, ‘U.S.-Ukraine Bilateral Trade And Investment Talks,’ which stated that:

“The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to conduct a second five-year sunset review of anti-dumping duties against Ukrainian steel in November 2008. A review by the ITC found that Ukrainian exporters were selling their products at less than market value. During the first five-year review in 2003, the ITC ruled that lifting the duties likely would lead to material injury of the domestic industry. Ministry of Economy representatives told Emboffs that Ukraine now has a market economy, and that they would like the anti-dumping tariffs to be reviewed and, if possible, lifted.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09KYIV1703&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 Aug 2011 WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 09SHANGHAI399 dated 21 Sep 2009 and entitled, ‘Shanghai WTO Center Calls U.S. "irresponsible" For Imposing Tire Import Safeguards’.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09SHANGHAI399&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011 WikiLeaks published 09NEWDELHI1903, dated 14 Sep 2009 and entitled, ‘New Delhi Weekly Econ Office Highlights For The Week Of September 8-11, 2009’ concerning, Rajan Ratna from Centre for WTO Studies at the government-sponsored Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) who was quotes as saying that the “GOI also had commissioned the Centre for WTO Studies to write a report on U.S. barriers to Indian agricultural exports, in response to the U.S. Congress' January 2009 request for the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to complete a study of the effects of Indian tariff and non-tariff measures on U.S. agricultural exports. Ratna said the Centre had begun its research in August and would complete the study by October (one-month ahead of the expected release of the ITC study).”

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published 09KINGSTON537 dated 13 Jul 2009 and entitled, ‘Jamaica Response: U.S. Biennal Caribbean Basin Investment Survey’ that was written to Lyn Schlitt, the Executive and International Liaison at USITC.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09KINGSTON537&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 09KINGSTON536 dated 13 Jul 2009 and entitled, ‘Jamaica Response: U.S. Biennal Caribbean Basin Investment Survey’ that was written to Lyn Schlitt, the Executive and International Liaison at USITC.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09KINGSTON536&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 09DARESSALAAM333 dated 21 May 2009 and entitled ‘Tanzania Textile And Apparel Industry Struggling To Compete,’ which was “based in part on interviews conducted during a visit by officials from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to review African textile and apparel industries.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09DARESSALAAM333&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 09BEIJING1149 dated 29 Apr 2009 and entitled ‘China Expresses Concern Over OCTG And Tires Trade Cases,’ which concerned “two petitions of concern to the Chinese are an antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) petition on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) filed by U.S. producers to the U.S. Commerce Department (DOC) and a China-specific 421 safeguard petition regarding consumer tires filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC).”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09BEIJING1149&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 09BEIJING1115 dated 25 Apr 2009 and entitled ‘Austr Stratford And Doc Das Kasoff Review U.S.-china Trade And Intellectual Property Agenda’ which cited DDG Wen comments on the USITC monitoring of textile imports from China.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09BEIJING1115&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published 09BOGOTA437 dated 11 Feb 2009 and entitled, ‘Revision: Colombia-2009 Investment Climate Statement’ which states:

“Currently, the ATPA as amended by the Andean Trade Preference and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA), provides duty-free entry of approximately 6,500 product categories from Colombia into the U.S. Previously excluded products such as vacuum-packed tuna fish and certain textile and apparel products now enjoy duty-free access to the U.S. market, conditioned on compliance with government requirements. The President can expand the list of included products with approval from an advisory committee and concurrence from the U.S. International Trade Commission. Goods must meet a value-added requirement of 35 percent, up to 15 percent of which may be accounted for by U.S. content in terms of cost or value. In October 2008, the U.S. Congress renewed ATPDEA benefits for Colombia through December 31, 2009.”

On 2 Jan 2009, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 09SANTIAGO1 dated 2 Jan 2009 and entitled, ‘Fifth Annual Meeting Of U.S. - Chile Free Trade Commission’ concerning Chile's Direccion General de Relaciones Economicas Internacionales (DIRECON) hosting the fifth annual FTC at the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Santiago, on December 12. The cable also states, the “U.S. delegation was led by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Americas Everett Eissenstat and included the Ambassador, USDA Representative Melinda Sallyards, USTR Brazil and Southern Cone Director Kate Duckworth, USDOC Chile Desk Officer Kristen Mann, Agricultural Attache, Agricultural Specialist, Econoff, and Econ Specialist.”

The cable cites Eissenstat as having said, “the U.S. had received the report from the U.S. International Trade Commission on the probable economic effects of the proposed changes to the rules of origin on October 31, 2007 and the next step would be a submission of the proposed changes to the U.S. Congress for a 60-day layover period. He said there is an ongoing discussion between industries in both countries over some concerns related to chocolate candy. Rebolledo said the GOC was willing to move forward without a resolution on chocolate.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09SANTIAGO1&q=international-trade-commission

On 11 Jul 2011, WikiLeaks published 08RIODEJANEIRO322 dated 28 Nov 2008 and entitled, “ITC Specialist Discusses Ethanol In Rio De Janeiro’ concerning an October 21 and 22 trip by International Trade Commission Trade Specialist Douglass Newman, accompanied by Senior Pol/Econ Specialist, visited Rio de Janeiro to meet with Brazilian contacts on ethanol issues.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08RIODEJANEIRO322&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 Aug 2011, WikiLeks published a diplomatic cable 08BEIJING4304 dated 24 Nov 2008 and entitled, ‘China Concerned Over Future Textile Protectionism, Expiration Of Textile Agreement’ concerning DG Wang’s comments referencing “a letter written by Senator Obama to the National Council of Textile Organizations on October 24, 2008, in which the Senator stated that he would make decisions regarding 421 cases and other trade remedy matters on their merits and not in accordance with any sort of trade ideology. DG Wang said the Chinese were also concerned about the recent instruction by House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel to the International Trade Commission to monitor imports of textiles categories covered by the current MOU. ”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08BEIJING4304&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 08SINGAPORE1168 entitled, ‘Fta Review Highlights Benefits, Unresolved Issues’ and citing Assistant U.S. Trade Representative
Barbara Weisel informing Ms. KOH Lin-Net, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) that “that USTR had agreed in substance to Singapore's second short supply request, filed in 2005. Deputy Special Textile Negotiator Caroyl Miller said USTR would move forward to process the request expeditiously but that USTR was required to follow certain procedures, including an International Trade Commission (ITC) review of the 19 products under the request. USTR did not know how long the ITC review would take and said it has no ability to influence the timing of the review. ”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08SINGAPORE1168&q=international-trade-commission

On 24 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 08PRETORIA2403 dated 3 Nov 2008 and entitled, ‘Eskom Faces Challenges - Thin Margin And More’ which stated, “State power utility Eskom's new Chairman Bobby Godsell (protect) told a visiting International Trade Commission delegation and Minerals/Energy Specialist in an October 15 meeting that he is focused on implementing Eskom's ambitious expansion program.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08PRETORIA2403&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 08BANGKOK3211 dated 24 Oct 2008 and entitled, ‘Shrimp: Thai Government And Industry Cautious About Proposed Anti-dumping Settlement’ related to, “representatives of the U.S. shrimp industry became increasingly concerned about what they believed to be unfair pricing practices for warm water shrimp exported from six countries, including Thailand. These elements of the U.S. shrimp industry filed anti-dumping petitions with the International Trade Commission on December 31, 2003.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08BANGKOK3211&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 08ABUJA2045 dated 16 Oct 2008 and entitled, ‘Nigeria: Infrastructure Conditions Hinder Export Competitiveness’ related to “the U.S. International Trade Commission's (USITC) preparation of three annual reports related to factors that affect trade patterns of selected industries in sub-Saharan African countries.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08ABUJA2045&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 Aug 2011, Wikileaks published diplomatic cable 08SHANGHAI441 dated 14 Oct 2006 and entitled, ‘Shanghai Wto Center Director Speaks On The Financial Crisis And Results Of Washington Visit’ that related to “a delegation from the Shanghai WTO Center, including Wang Xinkui,” who “traveled to Washington in September 2008 to meet with a range of Washington agencies, including the Government Accountability Office, Treasury, Agriculture, the International Trade Commission, and Commerce.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08SHANGHAI441&q=international-trade-commission

On 24 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 08KYIV2017 dated 10 Oct 2008 and entitled, ‘1st Meeting Of U.s.-ukraine Trade And Investment Council Advances Bilat Economic Relations’ which referenced how the “Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission (ITC) had…hosted a team of GOU officials during the week of September 22 to help explain U.S. trade remedy laws. ”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08KYIV2017&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, Wikileaks published diplomatic cable 08WINDHOEK314 dated 3 Oct 2008 and entitled ‘Namibia's Infrastructure: USITC Response’ concerning a “reftel request from the U.S. International Trade Commission for information on infrastructure conditions that effect export competitiveness.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08WINDHOEK314&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published a diplomatic cable 08LIMA1128 dated 2 Jul 2008 and entitled, “Peru Response: U.S. International Trade Commission Andean Investment And Drug Crop Survey For Report On ATPA,” which provided a “a response to the request for information from the U.S. International Trade Commission Andean Investment and Drug Crop Survey for a report on the ATPA.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08LIMA1128&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 08BEIJING1777 dated 9 May 2008 and entitled, “USITC Is An Independent Agency” concerning a “March 25, 2008, International Trade Commission (ITC) Chairman Daniel Pearson met with Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) Vice Minister (V/M) Yi Xiaozhun and Director General (DG) Li Ling.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08BEIJING1777&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published a diplomatic cable 08GUANGZHOU92 dated 14 Feb 2008 and entitled, ‘Government Incentives Diminishing In South China Investment Environment,’ which concerned statement s made by local manufacturers who met with visiting U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) analysts about how “Government policies encouraging investment in south China have significantly diminished and are no longer a major factor in most foreign and domestic companies' investment decisions.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08GUANGZHOU92&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published a diplomatic cable 08STATE10273 dated 31 Jan 20087 and entitled, ‘Philippines GSP Petition: Request For Interim Demarche’ which mentioned a “GSP subcommittee,” which is “chaired by USTR and is comprised of representatives from State, Treasury, Commerce, Labor, Agriculture and the U.S. International Trade Commission (non-voting)”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08STATE10273&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 08STATE10115, dated 31 Jan 2008 and entitled, ‘Uzbekistan GSP Petitions: Request For Interim Demarche’ which mentions a “GSP subcommittee,” which is “chaired by USTR and is comprised of representatives from State, Treasury, Commerce, Labor, Agriculture and the U.S. International Trade Commission (non-voting).”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08STATE10115&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 08STATE10106, dated 31 Jan 2008 and entitled, ‘Niger Gsp Petition: Request For Interim Demarche,’ which mentions a “GSP subcommittee,” which is “chaired by USTR and is comprised of representatives from State, Treasury, Commerce, Labor, Agriculture and the U.S. International Trade Commission (non-voting).”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08STATE10106&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 August 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable, 08SHANGHAI29, dated 24 Jan 2008 and entitled, ‘Yangtze River Delta Textile Makers Fear RMB Appreciation’ which stated:

“Econoff met separately with three major textile manufacturers in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD), one of China's main textile producing and exporting regions. These companies included Wuxi Jinmao Ltd. General Manager Yang Nan on January 17; and, Chenfeng Group Ltd. President Yin Guoxin and Orient International Holding Company Vice President Zhong Weimin on January 18. Econoff also met with Donghua University Institute of Textile Economics Professor Gu Qingliang on January 15. Donghua University was founded in 1951 as the China Textile University and describes itself as the largest textile university in the world. Accompanying Econoff to these meetings was a two-member United States International Trade Commission delegation.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08SHANGHAI29&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 08 NEWDELHI22 dated 3 Jan 2008 and entitled, ‘Scenesetter Part Iii: The Department Of Health And Human Services (hhs) Secretary Leavitt's January 7-11, 2007 Visit To India’ which stated:

“(SBU) On December 31, 2003, the Southern Shrimp Alliance (composed of shrimp industry groups from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, and South Carolina) filed antidumping petitions with the Commerce and the International Trade Commission (ITC) against imports of frozen and canned warm-water shrimp from Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand, and
Vietnam.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08NEWDELHI22&q=international-trade-commission

On 24 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07JAKARTA3302 dated 3 Dec 2007 and entitled, “SITC Request For Biofuels Information” which was a response “to a request for information (ref A) from the U.S. International Trade Commission regarding biofuels adoption and research in Indonesia.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/search.php?qo=159

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07PANAMA1762 dated 14 Nov 2007 and entitled, ‘Panama: Input For 2007 CBERA Operation Report - Part 1 Of 2’ regarding the Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama. The cable states, “According to the International Trade Commission's Report on the TPA, Panama's labor laws are reportedly stronger than those maintained by other Central American countries”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07PANAMA1762&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07MANILA3589 dated 5 Nov 2007 and entitled, ‘Manila's Response To Information Requested By U.S. International Trade Commission On Industrial Biotechnology’ which concerns “Manila's Response to Information Requested by U.S. International Trade Commission on Industrial Biotechnology.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07MANILA3589&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07NAIROBI4202 entitled “Kenya's Big Push For ICT Reform And Infrastructure” which concerns “activities and developments in Kenya's critical ICT sector. It is based on a wide range of sources and information gathered in recent weeks, including from meetings on October 18 between Emboffs, a visiting U.S. International Trade Commission analyst, and several key players in Kenya's ICT sector.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07NAIROBI4202&q=international-trade-commission

On 29 Apr 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07WELLINGTON767 dated 18 Oct 2007 and entitled, “New Zealand Organizations Specializing In Biofuel R&D And Production” which stated, “IN RESPONSE TO REFTEL, EMBASSY WELLINGTON WOULD LIKE TO INFORM THE UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (USITC) THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF NEW ZEALAND HAS CREATED THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION AUTHORITY (EECA) AS THE ENTITY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF RENEWABLE TRANSPORT FUELS (I.E., BIODIESEL AND BIOETHANOL) INTO NEW ZEALAND. THE GNZ HAS SET THE TARGET DATE OF APRIL 1, 2008 AS THE STARTING POINT FOR FUEL COMPANIES TO START SELLING BIOFUELS IN THE NZ MARKET.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07WELLINGTON767&q=international-trade-commission

On 23 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07GUANGZHOU1094 dated 28 Sep 2007 and entitled “USITC Studies The Benefits Of Doing Business In South China,” which concerns conversations between executives from enterprises in Guangdong with a visiting USITC delegation regarding doing business in South China.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07GUANGZHOU1094&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published 07LUSAKA1016 dated 5 Sep 2007 entitled, ‘Zambian Coffee Production: Information For The U.S. International Trade Commission’.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07LUSAKA1016&q=international-trade-commission

On 24 August 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07ABIDJAN899 dated 24 Aug 2007 and entitled, ‘Cote D'ivoire: Requested Information On AG Products For The U.S. International Trade Commission’.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07ABIDJAN899&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07LUANDA875 dated 24 Aug 2007 and entitled, ‘Angola: Information For The U.S. International Trade Commission.’

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07LUANDA875&q=international-trade-commission

On 24 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07AMMAN3472 dated 19 Aug 2007 and entitled, ‘Jordan Sees Slight Increase In Trade Deficit And Decrease In QIZ Exports To U.S. During First Half 2007.’

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07AMMAN3472&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07PANAMA1166 dated 9 Jul 2007 and entitled ‘CBERA/CBTPA Has Negligible Effect On Panama's Exports To The U.S.’

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07PANAMA1166&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07PANAMA1095, dated 27 Jun 2007 and entitled, ‘GOP To Seek Quick TPA Ratification In July’

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07PANAMA1095&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07SINGAPORE996 dated 24 May 2007 and entitled ‘FTA At Year Three - Zeroing In On Commitments,’ which stated that “The USG will provide an unclassified version of the International Trade Commission's (ITC) report concerning Singapore's requests, if available.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07SINGAPORE996&q=international-trade-commission

On 3 June 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07PANAMA787 dated 15 May 2007 and entitled ‘Negroponte And Torrijos Discuss TPA, Biofuels, UNSC, And OAS,’ The cable stated that Panama’s Trade Minister Alejandro Ferrer “stressed the GOP's hope that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) would finish its report on the TPA's impact well ahead of its scheduled September 12 completion date.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07PANAMA787&q=international-trade-commission

On 22 Jun 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07MANAGUA522 dated 27 Feb 2007 and entitled, ‘Nicaragua: Cafta Update,’ which states, “The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Development (MIFIC) reports trade statistics on the impact of CAFTA that are quite different from those of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC).”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07MANAGUA522&q=international-trade-commission

On 22 Jun 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07MANAGUA496 dated 26 Feb 2007 and entitled, ‘Nicaragua: Cafta Update — Embassy Managua,’ which states “The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Development (MIFIC) reports trade statistics on the impact of CAFTA that are quite different from those of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC).”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07MANAGUA496&q=international-trade-commission

On 22 Jun 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07MANAGUA495 dated 26 Feb 2007 and entitled, ‘Nicaragua: Cafta Update,’ which states “The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Development (MIFIC) reports trade statistics on the impact of CAFTA that are quite different from those of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC).”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07MANAGUA495&q=international-trade-commission

On 24 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07PARIS446 dated 5 Feb 2007 and entitled, ‘Oecd: Sg Gurria Nominates Deputies Secretaries General,’ which mentions, “Mrs. Thelma Askey, a native of Tennessee, USA, is currently Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency. She previously served as a Commissioner on the United States International Trade Commission, as Staff Director of the Trade Subcommittee of the House Committee on Ways and Means and as the Subcommittee's Minority Trade Counsel.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07PARIS446&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 07OSLO95 dated 1 Feb 2007 and entitled, ‘Data On Norwegian Silicon Metals Industry,’ which states, “On February 1, Post transmitted responses (ref A) to the International Trade Commission's request for information about the Norwegian silicon metals industry (ref B), along with contact information for each of Norway's two producers, directly to Lyn Schlitt at the ITC.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07OSLO95&q=international-trade-commission

On 1 Sep 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 06OSLO1326 dated 27 Oct 2006 and entitled, ‘Commerce A/s Spooner Visit Advances Settlement Of Norwegian Salmon Trade Dispute,’ which states, “Norwegian and U.S. officials have moved closer to terms of an agreement that would end one of the USG's longest running trade disputes.”

The cable goes on to state:

The parties discussed two options for "making the case go away," as one participant in the talks put it. First, Norway might seek to open a changed circumstances review with either the Department of Commerce or the International Trade Commission. This option did not appear particularly promising, as the threshold for demonstrating that circumstances had changed was high and Norwegian industry would resist incurring additional legal costs to make the case. Norwegian industry had already spent over USD 4 million in legal fees fighting the duties and, given its professed lack of interest in reentering the U.S. market, was loathe to sink in more. Second, the two governments could come to a negotiated settlement implemented by executive order. The negotiated settlement option appeared more attractive (and cheaper) to Norwegian officials, though they still balked at having to commit to any voluntary quotas since they believe continuation of the duties is not justified. A settlement option might include a voluntary quota or a combination of quotas and minimum target prices for a number of years.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=06OSLO1326&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 06MEXICO4222 dated 31 Jul 2006 and entitled, ‘Embassy Mexico City 2006-2007 IPR Protection Plans/recommendations,’ which states “The U.S. International Trade Commission and the Jalisco state government are interested in organizing a Latin America-wide Anti-Piracy Congress in Guadalajara to bring together industry, government, NGOs and other experts to discuss the growing piracy problem in Latin America and to identify best practices on protecting IPR. The idea is in its early stages, but it could be an interesting way to highlight the impact that piracy has on Latin America's own indigenous industries and artists, as opposed to large U.S. multinationals. Post will continue to discuss the idea with ITC and the Jalisco state government.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=06MEXICO4222&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 06BOGOTA5571 dated 21 Jun 2006 and entitled, ‘Colombia Atpdea-related Activity 2005,’ which states which is the “Post's response to the U.S. International Trade Commission's request for information regarding Andean Trade Preferences and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) - related investment in Colombia during 2005.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=06BOGOTA5571&q=international-trade-commission

On 1 Sep 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 06TAIPEI1840 dated 30 May 2006 and entitled, ‘Deputy Ustr Bhatia's Meeting With Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian, May 26, 2006,’ which states “According to an assessment of the U.S. International Trade Commission, if the U.S. signed an FTA with Taiwan, its agricultural, fishery, and automobile exports to Taiwan would increase 100 percent. The increased openness would also enhance U.S. opportunities in government procurement and investment.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=06TAIPEI1840&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 06SINGAPORE1119 dated 6 Apr 2006 and entitled, ‘FTA - Joint Committee Concludes Second Annual Review,’ which states, “With regard to Singapore's two textile short-supply requests, the USG confirmed that the consultation and layover period for the first request was expected to end the week of April 10; USTR said that it would move forward on next steps regarding Singapore's second request. It noted that the entire process, taking into account an International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation and congressional review, would take approximately six months, with implementation of approved changes to the FTA rules of origin before the end of this year.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=06SINGAPORE1119&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 06TOKYO749 dated 10 Feb 2006 and entitled, ‘Japanese Morning Press Highlights 02//06,’ which states, “The International Trade Commission (ITC) on Feb. 8 started investigation into Toyota Motors regarding the technology it has applied to its hybrid cars, which employ both an electric motor and an engine. The investigation is based on Article 337 of the US Tariff Act, which regulates unfair trade practices. The move is likely to become a new source of trade friction between Japan and the US. The investigation was launched in response to a complaint filed by Solomon Technologies, a machinery manufacturer. It is viewed as being aimed to check Japanese automakers, such as Toyota, which are expanding their business performance in the US through brisk sales of hybrid cars.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=06TOKYO749&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 06ACCRA357 dated 9 Feb 2006 and entitled, ‘Necessity For Retaining Economic Position,’ which concerned the retention of the ECON position in the Embassy in Accra, Ghana. According to the cable the position had dramatically increased sue to growing U.S.-Ghana economic engagement; requiring extensive organization for visits and reporting to agencies including the USITC.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=06ACCRA357&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 05BANGKOK7523 dated 7 Dec 2005 and entitled, ‘Thais To Take U.S. To WTO Over Continuous Bond Requirement For Shrimp Imports,’ which states that RTG officials “decided [on] December 6 [2005] to file a complaint against the U.S. in the WTO over a U.S. requirement that shrimp importers file a continuous bond to cover expected anti-dumping duties.” The cable goes on to state, “The RTG action is related to an affirmative anti-dumping determination by the International Trade Commission (ITC) in January 2005 against Thai shrimp exports. The ITC ruling placed a 5.95 percent duty on shrimp exports from Thailand.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05BANGKOK7523&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published 05BANGKOK6693 dated 25 Oct 2005 and entitled, ‘Thai Groups Press To Lift U.S. Shrimp Tariffs.’ The cable states, “On October 26, about forty persons representing various Thai shrimp farmer organizations held a press conference on the sidewalk outside of Embassy Bangkok, expressing concern about the outcome of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) review of anti-dumping tariffs on Thai shrimp exported to the U.S. In November, the ITC is scheduled to complete a ‘changed circumstances review’ of anti-dumping measures based on the damage caused to shrimp hatcheries by the December 2004 tsunami.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05BANGKOK6693&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 05BANGKOK5671 dated 2 Sep 2005 and entitled, ‘EU Grants GSP To Thai Shrimp Imports,’ which was directed to the ITC.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05BANGKOK5671&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 05TEGUCIGALPA1535 dated 27Jul 2005 and entitled, ‘USITC Carribean [sic] Basin Investment Survey’ which was submitted “in response to reftel request for the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) report on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as required by section 215(a) of the CBERA.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05TEGUCIGALPA1535&q=international-trade-commission

On 2 May 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 05QUITO1621 dated 8 Jul 2005 and entitled, ‘USITC 2004 Annual Andean Investment And Drug Crop Survey For Report On ATPA,’ which was a response “to the U.S. International Trade Commission's request for information regarding Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) related investment in Ecuador in 2004.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05QUITO1621&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 05BOGOTA5762 dated 16 Jun 2005 and entitled, ‘ATPDEA-related Investment Activity During 2004,’ which was a response to “the U.S. International Trade Commission's request for information regarding Andean Trade Preferences and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA)-related investment in Colombia during 2004.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05BOGOTA5762&q=international-trade-commission

On 24 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 05MADRID1103 dated 21 Mar 2005 and entitled, ‘Spain Country Clearance For ISITC Staff Baumert And Bloodgood,’ which was sent to the USITC.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05MADRID1103&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 05BANGKOK1899 dated 16 Mar 2005 and entitled, ‘Thai Shrimp Industry Asks For Ad Relief’ which was sent to the USITC.

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05BANGKOK1899&q=international-trade-commission

On 1 Sep 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 05BANGKOK1026 dated 9 Feb 2005 and entitled ‘Ambassador Boyce Calls On Thai Commerce Minister,’ which stated:

“Minister Watana expressed appreciation for the US reduction of the average anti-dumping import tariff on Thai frozen shrimp from 6.03 percent 5.95 percent. (Note: Among the six countries subject to the shrimp tariff, Thailand is the largest exporter at USD 956.8 million worth in 2003. The Commerce Ministry's Foreign Trade Department believes the reduction will help strengthen Thailand's competitiveness in the US prawn market. End Note.) The Ambassador explained that the US International Trade Commission (ITC) was reviewing the tariff in light of changed circumstances stemming from the December 26 Tsunami disaster. The Ambassador noted that the Embassy Economic Counselor was currently in the south to assess damage done to the Thai shrimp industry. The Ambassador said that the ITC determination would likely take a few months. The Minister voiced his gratitude for the Embassy's efforts.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05BANGKOK1026&q=international-trade-commission

On 1 Sep 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 05TAIPEI343 dated 27 Jan 2005 and entitled, ‘Semiconductors - Taiwan Firms Facing China’s Challenge,’ which states that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation “blames illegal business practices for at least part of [Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporations] SMIC's sudden success. In suits pending before California State Courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission, TSMC accuses its PRC rival of various forms of industrial espionage and intellectual property rights infringements.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05TAIPEI343&q=international-trade-commission

On 11 Jul 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 05BRASILIA98 dated 11 Jan 2005 and entitled, ‘Usitc Travel To Brasilia For Collection Of Data On Services In Renewable Energy And Air And Noise Pollution Abatement,’ which states:

“United States International Trade Commission (USITC) Senior International Trade Specialist David Ingersoll and International Trade Analyst Christopher Mapes visited Brasilia December on December 21-22, 2004, after visits to Rio and Sao Paulo to speak to Brazilian governmental entities on regulations governing air and noise pollution abatement and renewable energy services. The team met with officials at the Ministry of Mines and Energy in the renewal energy, petrol and natural gas divisions. They also met with the National Agency for Electrical Energy, the Ministry of the Environment, and the Superintendent for Waste Water Treatment in Brasilia. GOB policies seem to focus more heavily on the development of renewable energy sources, with less emphasis on the monitoring and resolution of air and water pollution problems. Sao Paulo and Rio will send separate reports.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05BRASILIA98&q=international-trade-commission

On 1 Sep 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 05MUSCAT6 dated 2 Jan 2005 and entitled, ‘Scenesetter For Secretary's Transit Of Oman,’ which states, “The International Trade Commission hosts a public hearing on the proposed Oman FTA in Washington on January 14, during which Omani Ambassador al-Khosaibi will testify.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=05MUSCAT6&q=international-trade-commission

On 1 Sep 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 04TAIPEI3930 dated 10 Dec 2004 and entitled, ‘Cross-strait Investment Keeps Growing,’ which states, “TSMC has filed suit against SMIC for patent and trade secret infringement with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. International Trade Commission.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=04TAIPEI3930&q=international-trade-commission

On 26 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 03TEGUCIGALPA1686 dated 16 Jul 2003 and entitled, ‘Honduran Textile Industry Downturn Highlights USITC Carribean [sic] Basin Investment Survey,’ which was submitted “in response to reftel request for the biennial report of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as required by section 215(a) of the CBERA.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=03TEGUCIGALPA1686&q=international-trade-commission

On 24 Aug 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 03TEGUCIGALPA752 dated 25 Mar 2003 and entitled ‘U.S.-CAFTA: Honduran Textile Goals In The U.S.- CAFTA Negotiations,’ which concerns “February 4, 2003 written testimony by the Embassy of Honduras before the U.S. International Trade Commission on investigation 332-338, [in which] the Honduran Embassy spelled out the GOH's negotiating goals on textiles bluntly.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=03TEGUCIGALPA752&q=international-trade-commission

On 25 August 2011, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cable 03HANOI636 dated 14 Mar 2003 and entitled, ‘U.S.-Vietnam Fisheries Consultations,’ which states:

“The U.S. trade regime was characterized as open and transparent. The United States agreed to help Vietnam better understand its trade system where possible, including through bilateral exchanges of information such as these talks provide. The United States considered it worth noting that the U.S. administration, including the Executive Branch Agencies of the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission are compelled to go forward with a trade case once it is initiated and, therefore, the Administration has no discretion to halt the process. Vietnam expressed their desire that this case be addressed in a fair and accurate manner.”

http://cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=03HANOI636&q=international-trade-commission

PLUS D (2013)

On April 7, 2013, WikiLeaks published the following diplomatic cables:

• 1975STATE138724 dated 13 Jun 1975 entitled ‘USITC Nomenclature Study’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1975STATE138724_b.html

• 1975ECBRU05514_b dated 19 Jun 1975 entitled ‘USITC Nomenclature Study’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1975ECBRU05514_b.html

• 1975STATE193076_b dated 14 Aug 1975 entitled ‘DOCUMENTS FOR UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (USITC)’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1975STATE193076_b.html

• 1975OTTAWA03453_b dated 11 Sep 1975 entitled ‘ANTIDUMPING PROCEEDINGS: U.S. AUTOMOBILE IMPORTS FROM CANADA’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1975OTTAWA03453_b.html

• 1976STOCKH00339_b dated 22 Jan 1976 entitled ‘ESCAPE CLAUSE PROCEEDINGS ON SPECIALTY STEEL’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STOCKH00339_b.html

• 1976STATE041339_b dated 20 Feb 1976 entitled ‘ESCAPE CLAUSE PROCEEDING ON SLIDE FASTENERS -- UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (USITC) EQUALLY DIVIDED IN ITS FINDINGS’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE041339_b.html

• 1976STATE051435_b dated 3 Mar 1076 entitled ‘ESCAPE CLAUSE PROCEEDING ON STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE (SSF) – UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION MAKES AFFIRMATIVE DETERMINATION’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE051435_b.html

• 1976STATE052873_b dated 4 Mar 1976 entitled ‘ESCAPE CLAUSE PROCEEDING ON STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE (SSF) - SUMMARY OF OPINIONS OF MEMBERSHIP OF UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (USITC)’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE052873_b.html

• 1976STATE064134_b dated 17 Mar 1976 entitled, ‘PRESIDENT'S DETERMINATION ON SPECIALTY STEEL’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE064134_b.html

• 1976STATE081098_b dated 3 Apr 1976 entitled ‘EARTHENWARE AND CHINAWARE ARTICLES -- UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (USITC) REPORTS ON PROBABLE ECONOMIC EFFECT OF TERMINATION OF EXISTING ESCAPE CLAUSE TARIFF INCREASES’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE081098_b.html

• 1976STATE082353_b dated 6 Apr 1976 entitled ‘USITC INDUSTRIAL CHARACTERISTICS AND TRADE PERFORMANCE DATA BANK’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE082353_b.html

• 1976STATE083599_b dated 7 Apr 1976 entitled ‘BLUE PIGMENTS - UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (USITC) MAKES AFFIRMATIVE DETERMINATION’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE083599_b.html

• 1976STATE090586_b dated 15 Apr 1976 entitled ‘ESCAPE CLAUSE PROCEEDING ON SLIDE FASTENERS - PRESIDENT DETERMINES IMPORTS ARE NOT CAUSING SERIOUS INJURY’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE090586_b.html

• 1976STATE092251_b dated 16 Apr 1976 entitled ‘USITC INDUSTRIAL CHARACTERISTICS AND TRADE PERFORMANCE DATA BANK’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE092251_b.html

• 1976STATE105116_b dated 1 Mat 1976 entitled ‘AMB. DENT APRIL 15 INTERVIEW WITH NIHON KEIZAI : ORIGINAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEXT’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE105116_b.html

• 1976STATE106876_b2 dated 2 May 1976 entitled ‘ESCAPE CLAUSE PROCEEDING ON STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE -- PRESIDENT DECIDES IN FAVOR OF THE PROVISION OF ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE106876_b2.html

• 1976STATE117071_b dated 13 May 1976 entitled ‘ESCAPE CLAUSE PROCEEDING ON SHRIMP - UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (USITC) MAKES DETERMINATION OF IMPORT INJURY AND RECOMMENDS PROVIS ION OF’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE117071_b.html

• 1976STATE122800_b dated 19 May 1976 entitled ‘ESCAPE CLAUSE RPOCEEDING ON MUSHROOMS -- PRESIDENT ORDERS EXPEDITED ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE122800_b.html

• 1976STATE206626_b dated 19 Aug 1976 entitled ‘USITC INVESTIGATION OF CERTAIN COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVING SETS’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE206626_b.html

• 1976STATE206625_b dated 19 Aug 1976 entitled ‘USITC INVESTIGATION OF TELEVISION RECEIVERS FROM JAPAN’

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976STATE206625_b.html

GI FILES (2012 and 2013)

On multiple publication beginning on February 27th, 2012 WikiLeaks published salesforce.com excel sheets created a company Strategic Forecasting which listed tens of USITC email addresses for paid and free accounts.

https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/attach/16/16357_Leads%20xls.xls

https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/attach/16/16932_Leads.xls.xlsx

https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/attach/16/16355_Leads.xls.xlsx

https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/attach/18/18135_ExcelExport.xls

https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/attach/18/18135_ExcelExport.xls

On November 6, 2013 WikiLeaks published an email exchange from the company Stratfor detailing paid accounts from USITC.

https://search.wikileaks.org/gifiles/?viewemailid=34509

TTP (2013)

On 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks published a “secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter.”

https://wikileaks.org/tpp/

B. Criminal investigations of Wikileaks and the prosecution and court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier recently convicted on twenty counts and sentenced to 35 years for disclosing information to WikiLeaks (or any other individual under investigation vis a vis WikiLeaks).

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT AND DISCOVERY

According to documents recently released from the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning there is a USITC damage assessment and related discovery that was produced for the prosecution and defense by the USITC:

On 29 Feb 2012, military prosecutors had a “Phone call with International Trade Commission to inquire about any discoverable material”

On 1 Mar 2012, military prosecutors “Contacted the ITC to inquire about any discoverable material.”

On 7 Mar 2012 military prosecutors “Email[ed] with International Trade Commission to inquire about any discoverable material.”

On 7 Mar 2012, military prosecutors “Sent follow up email to the ITC.”

On 9 Mar 2012, military prosecutors “Sent follow up email to the ITC.”

On 12 Mar 2012, military prosecutors “Email[ed] with ITC General Counsel's office to inquire about any discoverable material.”

On 12 Mar 2012, military prosecutors “Email[ed] with ITC-provided contact information for General Counsel's office.”

On 12 Mar 2012 military prosecutors had a “Phone call with ITC to inquire about any discoverable material.”

On 12 Mar 2012, military prosecutors “Sent email to ITC OGC to reschedule meeting due to upcoming motions hearings.”

On 29 Mar 2012, military prosecutors “Sent follow up email to ITC.”

On 4 Apr 2012, military prosecutors had a “Phone call with ITC to inquire about any discoverable material.”

On 12 Apr 2012, military prosecutors “Email[ed] with ITC coordinated meeting for ITC to deliver damage assessment.”

On 26 Apr 2012, “From ITC-Asked to meet on 1 or 2 May to deliver damage assessment; replied that we will have an answer by the following day.”

On 27 Apr 2012, “ITC - confirmed that we would be able to meet on 2 May 12.”

On 30 Apr 2012, “ITC OGC - Asked for written request in accordance with Executive Order 13526 to deliver the damage assessment.”

On 1 May 2012, military prosecutors received damage assessment from ITC: “ITC - Received damage assessment.”

On 1 May 2012 “ITC - Sent directions to office IOT facilitate a meeting.”

On 2 May 2012, military prosecutors “Email[ed] with ITC - received damage assessment.”

Military prosecutors noted, on 2 May 2012 “Int'l Trade Commission document drop-off.”

Military prosecutors noted on 3 May 2012 “Email with ITC to request authority to disclose damage assessment with the defense.”

On 24 May 2012, military prosecutors note, “Email with ITC to request update on status of request to disclose assessment to the defense.”

On 5 Jul 2012, military prosecutors note, “Phone call with ITC to discuss prosecution's request to disclose assessment to the defense.”

On 9 Jul 2012, military prosecutors note, “Email with ITC received approval to disclose damage assessment to defense.”

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/843225-20120926-ae-330-enc-prosecution-chronology.html

Emails between military prosecutors and officials at the USITC have also been released:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/843327-20121116-ae-339-enc-01-log-of-unclassified-emails.html#document/p181/a139119

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/843327-20121116-ae-339-enc-01-log-of-unclassified-emails.html#document/p1344/a134708

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/843327-20121116-ae-339-enc-01-log-of-unclassified-emails.html#document/p1402/a134731

C. Mitigation efforts in response to the unauthorized disclosure of government information to the WikiLeaks organization.
INSIDER THREATS

On October 7, 2011 the President of the United Stated, Barack Obama, published Executive Order 13587 concerning “Structural Reforms to Improve the Security of Classified Networks and the Responsible Sharing and Safeguarding of Classified Information.”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/07/executive-order-structural-reforms-improve-security-classified-networks-

The order directed federal agencies that use classified networks to “designate a senior official to oversee classified information sharing and safeguarding for the agency; implement an insider threat detection and prevention program; and perform self assessments of compliance with policy and standards.”

The order further outlined how “A Senior Information Sharing and Safeguarding Steering Committee will have overall responsibility for fully coordinating interagency efforts and ensuring that Departments and Agencies are held accountable for implementation of information sharing and safeguarding policy and standards.”

The order further stated that “the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence [were] actively establishing an interagency Insider Threat Task Force” and that “[d]epartments and [a]gencies are implementing more robust access control systems to enforce role-based access privileges that serve to ensure that an individual user's information access is commensurate with his/her assigned role.”

The ONCIX damage assessment was a aggregation of the government and military departments and agencies.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/712910-20121116-ae-339-prosecution-response-to-defense.html#document/p29/a29

D. Impact of Wikileaks disclosures on trade relations.

DIA IRTF (formerly TF 725) Damage Assessment and Related Responsive Documentation

On July 28,2010, Robert Gates directed the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Ronald Burgess to establish an Information Review Task Force (IRTF) (formerly TF 725) to “lead a comprehensive Department of Defense (DoD) review of classified documents posted to the WikiLeaks website (wwvv.wikileaks.org) on July 25, 2010, and any other associated materials.”

Gates also directed the IRTF to complete, “a final report” “once all documents are assessed.”

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/839230-20100805-ae-08-att-j-appendix-e-secretary-of.html#search/p2/IRTF

The task force--led by counterintelligence expert Brig. Gen. Robert Carr was made up of 80 to 125 people including intelligence analysts and counterintelligence experts from the DIA; Pacific Command; Central Command; and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, which is responsible for managing the ongoing Department of Defense investigation into WikiLeaks. Other interagency partners included the FBI and the Army Criminal Investigation Command.

On March 15, 2012 military prosecutors in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning stated, “Information Review Task Force (IRTF)...Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has completed damage but it is classified.”

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/680877-20120315-transcript-of-us-v-pfc-bradley-manning.html#document/p8/a138154

On April 7, 2012 The DIA gave military prosecutors permission to disclose the DIA IRTF to defense as detailed in this memo:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/843352-20121116-ae-339-enc-25-authorization-to-disclose.html#document/p3/a138158

The DIA IRTF reviewed the CIDNE Afghanistan and Iraq SigActs, JTF-GTMO Detainee Assessment Briefs, CENTCOM videos from Iraq and Afghanistan (July 12 2007 US Baghdad Airstrike; Garani Video May 2009), other documents (2 CIA Red Cell Memos; 2008 USACIC Memo on WikiLeaks; Farah documents) and diplomatic cables.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/745909-20130731-pm-fop-transcript-of-us-v-pfc-bradley.html#document/p21/a138181

DIA IRTF Reporting to USG Agencies and Departments
The DIA IRTF reported to various agencies of the government.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/745909-20130731-pm-fop-transcript-of-us-v-pfc-bradley.html#document/p178/a138239

Department of State and other DOA IRTF ‘IC’ partners saw everything before DIA IRTF published.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/745909-20130731-pm-fop-transcript-of-us-v-pfc-bradley.html#document/p178/a138240

ONCIX DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

On 28 November 2010, the Director of the Executive Office of Budget and Management, Jacob Lew sent a "Memo for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies regarding WikiLeaks - Mishandling of Classified Information".

The memo stated that the "significant irresponsible disclosure by WikiLeaks has resulted in significant damage to our national security" and that "[a]ny failure by agencies to safeguard classified information pursuant to relevant laws, including but not limited to Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information (December 29, 2009), is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

The memo directed each department and agency of the federal government that handles classified information to establish "a security assessment team consisting of counterintelligence, security, and information assurance experts to review the agency's implementation of procedures for safeguarding classified information against improper disclosures."

http://m.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2011/m11-06.pdf

Another memo followed on January 3, 2011.

The memo contained memoranda from the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (William J. Bosanko) and the National Counterintelligence Executive (Robert M. Bryant).

The memo called for federal agency teams to complete their internal assessments questionnaire (attached) by January 28, 2011. The memo also directed ONCIX and ISOO in coordination with OMB to evaluate and assist federal agencies to comply with the assessment requirement. The memo directed ODNI, ONCIX, and ISOO to provide assistance to the federal agency’s assessment teams (to include periodic on-site reviews of agency compliance where appropriate).

An assessment questionnaire included inquiries such as 'Assess what your agency has done or plans to do to address any perceived vulnerabilities, weaknesses, or gaps on automated systems in the post-WikiLeaks environment,' and 'Do you capture evidence of pre-employment and/or post-employment activities or participation in on-line media data mining sites like WikiLeaks or Open Leaks?'

http://m.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2011/m11-08.pdf

Thank you.

Best,

Alexa O’Brien

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From: Gross, Jackie
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2014 2:45 PM
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Good afternoon Mr. O'Brien

We have received your appeal request dated January 6, 2014 on January 13, 2014.

A response will be given within twenty working days.

If questions, please let us know.

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