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22 July 2000. Hironari Noda gives permission to reveal his name as source of the PSIA lists. Mr. Noda is a former officer of Japan's Public Security Investigation Agency.
21 July 2000. Add message and names.
20 July 2000
To: email@example.com From: John Young <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 20 July 2000 Subject: PSIA Request July 20, 2000 Federal Bureau of Investigation NCCS, New York C37 Dear FBI, This confirms my telephone remarks today that I decline your request to remove the list of members of Japan's Public Security Investigation Agency posted on Cryptome: http://cryptome.org/psia-lists.htm The file shall not be removed except in response to a US court order. You have informed me that your telephone request to remove the list was made at the request of the Japanese Ministry of Justice and that no US criminal investigation is underway in this matter. You said that you will convey to the Ministry of Justice that I have declined to remove the list and that I should expect to be contacted directly by the Ministry of Justice as a result of declining to remove the list. You said that you will speak to the US Attorney and call me again. I have agreed with your request not to identify the two FBI Special Agents to whom I spoke today. I told you that I would be publishing an account of this on Cryptome. Regards, John Young Cryptome
Note: Yes, it is contradictory that Cryptome will publish the PSIA names but not those of the FBI Special Agents. The senior Special Agent said at the end of the conversation that if his and the other agent's names were published "you are going to be in real trouble." Until that time both agents had been very polite. He then said he was going to take the matter up with the US Attorney and call again.
So we're brooding on that threat, pondering the FBI names on this notepad, comparing this situation with that of the MI6 names and the MI5 names and the Iranian names and the PSIA names and the CIA names Cryptome has published. In none of the other instances was Cryptome threatened. And are wondering why the FBI carnivores deserve privacy we don't get from them and the world's surveillance agencies.
Meanwhile, if curious send an inquiry to the FBI address on our e-mail. Or telephone: 212-384-3155.
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 00:34:27 -0400 To: email@example.com From: John Young <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: PSIA Request July 21, 2000 Federal Bureau of Investigation NCCS, New York C37 Dear FBI, This supplements my message yesterday on declining to remove a list of names of members of Japan's Public Security Investigation Agency from the Internet site Cryptome.org. In that message I wrote that I agreed with your request to not identify the two Special Agents who spoke to me on this matter. After reflecttion on this I have decided that publishing the names of the Special Agents would be consistent with publishing the names of the PSIA members, and in both cases the purpose of publishing is to contribute to public awareness of how government functions and to identify who performs those functions. I believe this is why the two Special Agents readily identified themselves to me and that it would be appropriate for me to share that information with readers of Cryptome. Therefore I shall publish the names of the two Special Agents who spoke with me at: http://cryptome.org/fbi-psia.htm Sincerely, John Young Cryptome
The FBI Special Agent who initially telephoned was James Castano. Mr. Castano explained the Ministry of Justice request to remove the PSIA material and answered all my questions about it. I explained my intention to publish an account of the FBI's request on Cryptome because there had been interest in how such requests are processed between governments. I asked if I could provide his name in the account. He asked with emphasis that I not do so. I agreed.
In the course of discussing my sending an e-mail to Mr. Castano, his supervisor, Special Agent Dave Marzilliano, came on the phone and repeated the information Mr. Castano provided about the Ministry of Justice request.
Both agents were very courteous during most of the conversations. Except toward the end of the conversation with Mr. Marzilliano, when I mentioned my intention to publish an account without revealing his and Mr. Castano's names, he warned me there would be "serious trouble" if their names were published, and that he would be speaking with the US Attorney about the matter and call me again.
Mr. Marzilliano did not explain why their two names should be concealed, why there would be "serious trouble" if revealed, what "serious trouble" meant, the legal basis for such trouble, nor what it was in my comments that alarmed him.