June 29, 2000, letter from the Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C. to John G. Lambros as to Lambros' June 13, 2000 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request pertaining to Brazilian lawyers Carlos Roberto Schlesinger and Nelio Roberto Seidl Machado, both from Rio de Janeiro,Brazil. Please note that the CIA has refused to confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of any CIA records on either attorney. Lambros believes that both attorneys are past and/or present CIA operatives. (2 pages in length).

Mr. John Gregory Lambros
Reg. No. 00436-124
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 1000
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048-1000

Reference: F-2000-01334

June 29, 2000

Dear Mr. Lambros:

This acknowledges receipt of your 13 June 2000 letter requesting records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, your request is for records pertaining to the following Brazilian lawyers:

1. Carlos Roberto Schlesinger, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2. Nelio Roberto Seidl Machao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

For identification purposes we have assigned your request the number referenced above. Please refer to this number in future correspondence.

The CIA can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of any CIA records responsive to your request. The fact of the existence or nonexistence of records containing such information- -unless it has been officially acknowledged- -would be classified for reasons of national security under Sections 1.5(c) [intelligence sources and methods] and 1.5(d) [foreign relations] of Executive Order 12958. Further, the Director of Central Intelligence has the responsibility and authority to protect such information from unauthorized disclosure in accordance with Subsection 103(c)(6) of the National Security Act of 1947 and Section 6 of the CIA Act of 1949.

Accordingly, your request is denied on the basis of FOIA exemptions (b)(1) and (b)(3). By this action, we are neither confirming nor denying the existence or nonexistence of such records. An explanation of cited FOIA exemptions is enclosed. The CIA official responsible for this denial is Kathryn I. Dyer, Information and Privacy Coordinator. You may appeal this decision by addressing your appeal to the Agency Release Panel within 45 days from the date of this letter, in my care. Should you choose to do this, please explain the basis of your appeal.


Kathryn I. Dyer

Information and Privacy Coordinator


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U. S. Penitentiary Leavenworth
PO Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS 66048-1000