Vint Lawrence CIA

Emma Best filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # F-2016-01463
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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to J. Vinton "Vint" Lawrence (June 25, 1939-April 9, 2016), who was a CIA paramilitary officer who helped organize a secret war in the jungles of Laos before becoming a critically acclaimed artist and caricaturist, illustrating wild-eyed literary giants and wide-eared politicos for such publications as the New Republic and The Washington Post. Proof of death is not required, as his death has been widely reported: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/vint-lawrence-cia-officer-who-became-a-sharp-eyed-caricaturist-dies-at-76/2016/04/12/745b8382-00ba-11e6-9d36-33d198ea26c5_story.html

FOIA case law establishes the extent to which agencies MUST search all records system reasonably believed to contain responsive documents, even if it means contacting former employees. Truitt v. Department of State, 897 F.2d 540, 542 (D.C. Cir. 1990) makes it explicitly clear that it is the obligation of the Department to “conduct a search reasonably calculated to uncover all relevant documents.” In addition, the Justice Department’s May 2004 FOIA Guide states that an agency “cannot limit its search to only one record system if there are others that are likely to turn up the information requested.”

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Michael Best

From: Central Intelligence Agency

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From: Michael Best

I provided a press statement, and proof of death is not required as his death has been widely reported by the media.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

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From: Central Intelligence Agency

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From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed the requested copy of the obituary, which can be found at https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/vint-lawrence-cia-officer-who-became-a-sharp-eyed-caricaturist-dies-at-76/2016/04/12/745b8382-00ba-11e6-9d36-33d198ea26c5_story.html.

Thank you.

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