ramping up FOIA in the year new, a new favorite!
Records associated with the investigation of leaked sensitive US
intelligence products identified in email communication between
Hillary Clinton and Sid Blumenthal - email account name "sbwhoeop", on
June 8th, 2011. The previously sensitive information subject to this
request involves the clandestine planning within Sudan’s government to
seize control of oil assets in Abyei. Records within the
Counterintelligence Unit of the Operations Section within the National
Security Division's (NSD) Office of Intelligence at the Department are
specifically requested, including cross-references or related training
materials, procedures, or guidelines used during evaluation of the
incident described. Records involving joint activities with other
agencies, including the National Security Agency (NSA) or the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA), are specifically requested, considering the
role of the Counterintelligence Unit in excluding intelligence
partners, foreign and domestic, from suspicion during course of
investigation. Origin of sensitive material is presumed to be an
exceptionally controlled program involving sensitive HUMINT and SIGINT
resources in the country of Sundan or providing communications
services to them. Obscuring information identifying the origin of
intelligence is appropriate; this request does not seek such
information. However, a search within record stores requiring special
access controls is expected. Please be considerate in recognizing that
while the operations and results of Counterintelligence Unit
activities may be exempt from disclosure, the existence of documents
may not be. Nor may procedures and policies of wider public interest
related to the context of this request be denied by Glomar without
sufficient basis. Note also the passage in time since the event
occurred, further diminished any claims of continuing sensitivity.
Last but not least, please keep in mind the spirit and letter of the
Law called Freedom of Information Act while servicing this request.
Thank you! Your professional time and prompt efforts are appreciated.
a title could be, "Who's spilling secrets to Sid?"