Victor Norris Hamilton State Dept

Jacob Silverman filed this request with the Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2017-12835
Due June 26, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Jacob Silverman

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All records, including diplomatic cables, concerning Victor Norris Hamilton, an NSA employee who defected to the Soviet Union in 1963 and disappeared from view, only to be found in 1992 in a Russian mental hospital. According to Susan Mesinai, who found Hamilton in Russia, Hamilton died sometime around 1998. More information about Hamilton is available in the following news articles:,702031

The requested documents will be processed by a journalist and made available to the general public. This request is not being made for commercial purposes, so I ask that you waive all fees.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Jacob Silverman

From: Department of State

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Jacob Silverman


I would like any cables concerning the discovery and the death of Victor Norris Hamilton. These occurred in 1992 and 1998 respectively, so I would ask that those years be searched. Because of Hamilton's unique status as a defector, I believe that the State Department was alerted to his discovery in a Russian hospital and his death six years later, so these should be reflected in Department records.

From: Department of State

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Mr. Silverman,

This is a follow-up to your email below concerning case control F-2017-12835 .

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is October 31, 2017.

ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

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