[cryptome] Re: Fwd: has there ever been a FOIA request leading to initiation of criminal prosecution against the requestor?

  • From: Lou Novacheck <luigibasco@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2015 20:56:18 -0600

Not exactly what you're asking, but along similar lines. About eight years
or so back I sent a FOIA request to NSA for info on "Field Station Sinop,"
where I was stationed once. I no longer have the info at hand, and I don't
recall names and dates presactly, but this is the gist.

A few days after my email inquiry I received a phone call from a guy who
identified himself as "an NSA investigator." I don't recall the name he
gave. He told me he'd been directed to investigate why I'd used "a
classified term" when I was asking for the info, specifically "Field
Station Sinop." I explained that "Field Station Sinop" had over 10,000
hits on Google (that was then; more now) so why was NSA still considering
it classified? He explained that he was directed to make the call by his
supervisor, and we had a good laugh about it. As far as I know, there's
been no follow-up on the incident, as I never heard from the investigator
again. Again, I didn't save any of the info, but if you'll Google my name,
"Lou Novacheck," and "Field Station Sinop," you should find this and
perhaps more. I found it when I was doing some other research on something
2-3 years ago that never evolved, so I didn't do any more research on it.
Here are three hits I found:

On Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 8:08 PM, coderman <coderman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 5/29/15, coderman <coderman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
i would like to know if anyone is aware of past incidents where a FOIA
request results in a law enforcement agency initiating (accelerating?)
criminal action against the requesting individual...

thanks to everyone for the responses.

someone else pointed out FBI "disruption strategies"[0] which may
appear to be investigation oriented but in fact are merely denial of
service attacks.

i created a new FOIA for this category of operation[1] and will see
what turns up...

best regards,

0. "UNLEASHED AND UNACCOUNTABLE - The FBI’s Unchecked Abuse of Authority"
see page 18, chapter 3, 'Innocent Victims of Aggressive Investigation
and Surveillance'

1. "FederalDisruption"

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