U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (WikiLeaks)

Alexa O'Brien filed this request with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-02106-FOIA
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. Securities and Exchange 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: Fulton, Charlotte

None

From: Taylor, Felecia

Please see attached response.

  • FOIA Response to Requests for Expedited Processing and Fee Waiver - 14

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 Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

From: Taylor, Felecia

Ms. O'Brien,

Please note, we are still conducting a search for the records of interest to you. As soon as we complete our search, you will be notified of our findings.

In the interim, please feel free to contact me with any additional concerns or questions.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

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 Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

From: Taylor, Felecia

Ms. O'Brien,

We have located records that may be responsive to your request. However, we are still reviewing the records pursuant to the FOIA. As soon as we complete our review, you will be notified of the accessibility of the records.

I sincerely apologize for the delay and inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

From: Taylor, Felecia

Ms. O'Brien,

We have completed our review of the investigative records that may be responsive to your request (copy attached). During our review, we identified public news articles. Please let me know if you are interested in receiving copies of these articles.

Further, please be advised that we interpreted your request for "any and all documents in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that pertain to WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date," to mean that you are seeking investigative records and consumer complaints and/or inquiries submitted to our Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. If you are seeking records other than those described above, please let me know as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

From: Taylor, Felecia

Ms. O'Brien,

As you know, I am processing your request for documents concerning WikiLeaks Please take a few minutes to review the e-mail below and advise how you would like the FOIA Office to proceed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

From: Taylor, Felecia

I am currently processing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by Ms. Alexa O’Brien of Muckrock News. I have attempted to contact Ms. O’Brien via e-mail concerning her FOIA request to the Securities & Exchange Commission, but have not received a reply. Can you advise whether Ms. O’Brien is still at your organization and/or provide me with her telephone number?

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

From: Alexa O'Brien

> I can be reached on [redacted], but we need to make an appointment, because I am traveling on assigment. When would work for you this week?
>
> Alexa

From: Taylor, Felecia

Ms. O'Brien,
>
> I am available today to discuss your request. Please feel free to call me anytime between now and 4:45pm.
>
> Thank you,

From: Alexa O’Brien

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

FOIA No.: 14-02106-FOIA

Ms. Taylor,

On March 5, 2014 you wrote:

“We have completed our review of the investigative records that may be responsive to your request (copy attached). During our review, we identified public news articles. Please let me know if you are interested in receiving copies of these articles.

Further, please be advised that we interpreted your request for "any and all documents in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that pertain to WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date," to mean that you are seeking investigative records and consumer complaints and/or inquiries submitted to our Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. If you are seeking records other than those described above, please let me know as soon as possible.”

Yes. I am interested in receiving public news articles.

I am also seeking records resulting from:

1.) WikiLeaks publications of SEC material.
2.) Intelligence, counterterrorism & counter intelligence investigations.
3.) Criminal investigations of Wikileaks and the prosecution and court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted of 25
4.) Mitigation efforts resulting from the unauthorized disclosure of government information to the WikiLeaks organization years. investigations or analysis of the WikiLeaks organization or its publications.

You can reach me at [redacted] (email is best) and leave me a message on [redacted].

Best,

Alexa O’Brien

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 Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

From: Taylor, Felecia

Ms. O'Brien,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your request. We are finalizing our review of the subject records. We hope to be able to complete your request shortly.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

-----Original Message-----
From: requests@muckrock.com [mailto:requests@muckrock.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:00 AM
To: Taylor, Felecia
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request #14-02106-FOIA

April 23, 2014
Securities and Exchange Commission
Office of FOIA Services
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736

This is a follow up to request number 14-02106-FOIA:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

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On March 24, 2014:

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

FOIA No.: 14-02106-FOIA

Ms. Taylor,

On March 5, 2014 you wrote:

“We have completed our review of the investigative records that may be responsive to your request (copy attached). During our review, we identified public news articles. Please let me know if you are interested in receiving copies of these articles.

Further, please be advised that we interpreted your request for "any and all documents in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that pertain to WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date," to mean that you are seeking investigative records and consumer complaints and/or inquiries submitted to our Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. If you are seeking records other than those described above, please let me know as soon as possible.”

Yes. I am interested in receiving public news articles.

I am also seeking records resulting from:

1.) WikiLeaks publications of SEC material.
2.) Intelligence, counterterrorism & counter intelligence investigations.
3.) Criminal investigations of Wikileaks and the prosecution and court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted of 25
4.) Mitigation efforts resulting from the unauthorized disclosure of government information to the WikiLeaks organization years. investigations or analysis of the WikiLeaks organization or its publications.

You can reach me at [redacted] (email is best) and leave me a message on [redacted].

Best,

Alexa O’Brien

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On March 24, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,
>
> I am available today to discuss your request. Please feel free to call me anytime between now and 4:45pm.
>
> Thank you,

---

On March 21, 2014:

> I can be reached on [redacted], but we need to make an appointment, because I am traveling on assigment. When would work for you this week?
>
> Alexa

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On March 19, 2014:

I am currently processing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by Ms. Alexa O’Brien of Muckrock News. I have attempted to contact Ms. O’Brien via e-mail concerning her FOIA request to the Securities & Exchange Commission, but have not received a reply. Can you advise whether Ms. O’Brien is still at your organization and/or provide me with her telephone number?

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

---

On March 11, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

As you know, I am processing your request for documents concerning WikiLeaks Please take a few minutes to review the e-mail below and advise how you would like the FOIA Office to proceed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

---

On March 5, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

We have completed our review of the investigative records that may be responsive to your request (copy attached). During our review, we identified public news articles. Please let me know if you are interested in receiving copies of these articles.

Further, please be advised that we interpreted your request for "any and all documents in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that pertain to WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date," to mean that you are seeking investigative records and consumer complaints and/or inquiries submitted to our Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. If you are seeking records other than those described above, please let me know as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

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On Feb. 18, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

We have located records that may be responsive to your request. However, we are still reviewing the records pursuant to the FOIA. As soon as we complete our review, you will be notified of the accessibility of the records.

I sincerely apologize for the delay and inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

---

On Feb. 13, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

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On Jan. 14, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

Please note, we are still conducting a search for the records of interest to you. As soon as we complete our search, you will be notified of our findings.

In the interim, please feel free to contact me with any additional concerns or questions.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

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On Jan. 1, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

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On Dec. 2, 2013:

Please see attached response.

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On Nov. 29, 2013:

None

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On Nov. 27, 2013:

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. Securities and Exchange 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

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 9316
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: Taylor, Felecia


None

From: Alexa O'Brien

Dave Henshall
FOIA Branch Chief
foiapa@sec.gov

Ms. Felecia Taylor
taylorf@sec.gov

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
STATION PLACE
100 F STREET, NE
WASHINGTON, DC 20549-2736

Re: 14-02106-FOIA

In your letter dated May 12, 2014 you stated:

"In addition, we have been apprised of documents produced in our search that are publicly available on the WikiLeaks website. You should note that these are not “WikiLeaks publications of SEC material,” which you indicated in your email of March 24, 2014, that you do have an interest in receiving in response to this request. Please let us know if you are interested in these documents."

I am interested in receiving those documents.

Thank you.

Best,

Alexa O'Brien
(646) 583-1674

From: Taylor, Felecia

Ms. O'Brien,

Thank you for your e-mail of May 21, 2014. Please be advised that we are working on your request. We hope to be able to respond to you shortly.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

-----Original Message-----
From: requests@muckrock.com [mailto:requests@muckrock.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:11 AM
To: Taylor, Felecia
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request #14-02106-FOIA

May 21, 2014
Securities and Exchange Commission
Office of FOIA Services
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736

This is a follow up to request number 14-02106-FOIA:

Dave Henshall
FOIA Branch Chief
foiapa@sec.gov

Ms. Felecia Taylor
taylorf@sec.gov

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
STATION PLACE
100 F STREET, NE
WASHINGTON, DC 20549-2736

Re: 14-02106-FOIA

In your letter dated May 12, 2014 you stated:

"In addition, we have been apprised of documents produced in our search that are publicly available on the WikiLeaks website. You should note that these are not “WikiLeaks publications of SEC material,” which you indicated in your email of March 24, 2014, that you do have an interest in receiving in response to this request. Please let us know if you are interested in these documents."

I am interested in receiving those documents.

Thank you.

Best,

Alexa O'Brien
(646) 583-1674

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On May 12, 2014:

None

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On April 23, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your request. We are finalizing our review of the subject records. We hope to be able to complete your request shortly.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

-----Original Message-----
From: requests@muckrock.com [mailto:requests@muckrock.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:00 AM
To: Taylor, Felecia
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request #14-02106-FOIA

April 23, 2014
Securities and Exchange Commission
Office of FOIA Services
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736

This is a follow up to request number 14-02106-FOIA:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

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On March 24, 2014:

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

FOIA No.: 14-02106-FOIA

Ms. Taylor,

On March 5, 2014 you wrote:

“We have completed our review of the investigative records that may be responsive to your request (copy attached). During our review, we identified public news articles. Please let me know if you are interested in receiving copies of these articles.

Further, please be advised that we interpreted your request for "any and all documents in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that pertain to WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date," to mean that you are seeking investigative records and consumer complaints and/or inquiries submitted to our Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. If you are seeking records other than those described above, please let me know as soon as possible.”

Yes. I am interested in receiving public news articles.

I am also seeking records resulting from:

1.) WikiLeaks publications of SEC material.
2.) Intelligence, counterterrorism & counter intelligence investigations.
3.) Criminal investigations of Wikileaks and the prosecution and court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted of 25
4.) Mitigation efforts resulting from the unauthorized disclosure of government information to the WikiLeaks organization years. investigations or analysis of the WikiLeaks organization or its publications.

You can reach me at [redacted] (email is best) and leave me a message on [redacted].

Best,

Alexa O’Brien

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On March 24, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,
>
> I am available today to discuss your request. Please feel free to call me anytime between now and 4:45pm.
>
> Thank you,

---

On March 21, 2014:

> I can be reached on [redacted], but we need to make an appointment, because I am traveling on assigment. When would work for you this week?
>
> Alexa

---

On March 19, 2014:

I am currently processing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by Ms. Alexa O’Brien of Muckrock News. I have attempted to contact Ms. O’Brien via e-mail concerning her FOIA request to the Securities & Exchange Commission, but have not received a reply. Can you advise whether Ms. O’Brien is still at your organization and/or provide me with her telephone number?

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

---

On March 11, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

As you know, I am processing your request for documents concerning WikiLeaks Please take a few minutes to review the e-mail below and advise how you would like the FOIA Office to proceed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

---

On March 5, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

We have completed our review of the investigative records that may be responsive to your request (copy attached). During our review, we identified public news articles. Please let me know if you are interested in receiving copies of these articles.

Further, please be advised that we interpreted your request for "any and all documents in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that pertain to WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date," to mean that you are seeking investigative records and consumer complaints and/or inquiries submitted to our Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. If you are seeking records other than those described above, please let me know as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

---

On Feb. 18, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

We have located records that may be responsive to your request. However, we are still reviewing the records pursuant to the FOIA. As soon as we complete our review, you will be notified of the accessibility of the records.

I sincerely apologize for the delay and inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

---

On Feb. 13, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

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On Jan. 14, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

Please note, we are still conducting a search for the records of interest to you. As soon as we complete our search, you will be notified of our findings.

In the interim, please feel free to contact me with any additional concerns or questions.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

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On Jan. 1, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

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On Dec. 2, 2013:

Please see attached response.

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On Nov. 29, 2013:

None

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On Nov. 27, 2013:

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. Securities and Exchange 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

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 9316
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

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On April 23, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

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On March 24, 2014:

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

FOIA No.: 14-02106-FOIA

Ms. Taylor,

On March 5, 2014 you wrote:

“We have completed our review of the investigative records that may be responsive to your request (copy attached). During our review, we identified public news articles. Please let me know if you are interested in receiving copies of these articles.

Further, please be advised that we interpreted your request for "any and all documents in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that pertain to WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date," to mean that you are seeking investigative records and consumer complaints and/or inquiries submitted to our Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. If you are seeking records other than those described above, please let me know as soon as possible.”

Yes. I am interested in receiving public news articles.

I am also seeking records resulting from:

1.) WikiLeaks publications of SEC material.
2.) Intelligence, counterterrorism & counter intelligence investigations.
3.) Criminal investigations of Wikileaks and the prosecution and court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted of 25
4.) Mitigation efforts resulting from the unauthorized disclosure of government information to the WikiLeaks organization years. investigations or analysis of the WikiLeaks organization or its publications.

You can reach me at [redacted] (email is best) and leave me a message on [redacted].

Best,

Alexa O’Brien

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On March 24, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,
>
> I am available today to discuss your request. Please feel free to call me anytime between now and 4:45pm.
>
> Thank you,

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On March 21, 2014:

> I can be reached on [redacted], but we need to make an appointment, because I am traveling on assigment. When would work for you this week?
>
> Alexa

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On March 19, 2014:

I am currently processing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by Ms. Alexa O’Brien of Muckrock News. I have attempted to contact Ms. O’Brien via e-mail concerning her FOIA request to the Securities & Exchange Commission, but have not received a reply. Can you advise whether Ms. O’Brien is still at your organization and/or provide me with her telephone number?

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

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On March 11, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

As you know, I am processing your request for documents concerning WikiLeaks Please take a few minutes to review the e-mail below and advise how you would like the FOIA Office to proceed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

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On March 5, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

We have completed our review of the investigative records that may be responsive to your request (copy attached). During our review, we identified public news articles. Please let me know if you are interested in receiving copies of these articles.

Further, please be advised that we interpreted your request for "any and all documents in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that pertain to WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date," to mean that you are seeking investigative records and consumer complaints and/or inquiries submitted to our Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. If you are seeking records other than those described above, please let me know as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

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On Feb. 18, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

We have located records that may be responsive to your request. However, we are still reviewing the records pursuant to the FOIA. As soon as we complete our review, you will be notified of the accessibility of the records.

I sincerely apologize for the delay and inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

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On Feb. 13, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

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On Jan. 14, 2014:

Ms. O'Brien,

Please note, we are still conducting a search for the records of interest to you. As soon as we complete our search, you will be notified of our findings.

In the interim, please feel free to contact me with any additional concerns or questions.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2736
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

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On Jan. 1, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02106-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

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On Dec. 2, 2013:

Please see attached response.

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On Nov. 29, 2013:

None

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On Nov. 27, 2013:

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. Securities and Exchange 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

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 9316
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: Securities and Exchange Commission

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Securities and Exchange Commission

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

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