In late 2011, a FOIA request was submitted to the FBI for all its records on WikiLeaks. The FBI responded that it had no records. Not believing the FBI’s response, a FOIA appeal was submitted to the Department of Justice Office of Information Policy which upheld the FBI’s search and its findings.
Still disbelieving the FBI/DOJ responses, a FOIA request was submitted to the Department of Justice Office of Information Policy for its records regarding the aforementioned appeal. The DOJ OIP responded and reveals that not only does the FBI have WikiLeaks records, but the FBI/DOJ lied about having records. WikiLeaks’ records are tucked away in other files, thus are considered for cross-references and not responsive because the request was for “all records” and didn’t use the magic words “cross-references.”