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Case TitleLEOPOLD et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv00978
Date Filed2019-04-08
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
PlaintiffBUZZFEED, INC.
Case DescriptionBuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold submitted a FOIA request to the CIA for records concerning U.S. payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad, including any records related to President Trump pertaining to his tweet that the Washington Post had misrepresented his decision to end such funding. Leopold argued that Trump's tweet constituted a public acknowledgement of the payments. Leopold also requested a fee waiver and inclusion in the news media fee category. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Leopold filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
DefendantCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
Washington, DC 20505
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2019-04-081COMPLAINT against CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6047271) filed by JASON LEOPOLD, BUZZFEED, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 04/08/2019)
2019-04-082LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED, INC. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 04/08/2019)
2019-04-083NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. Case related to Case No. 1:17-cv-2176 (RC). (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 04/08/2019)
2019-04-09Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zef, ) (Entered: 04/09/2019)
2019-04-094SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 04/09/2019)
2019-04-115RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/10/2019. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/10/2019.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 4/10/2019. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 04/11/2019)
2019-05-076Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 05/07/2019)
2019-05-07MINUTE ORDER granting 6 motion for extension of time: It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant's deadline to file its answer or other response to the complaint is extended to and including May 17, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 5/7/19. (lcrc1) (Entered: 05/07/2019)
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