29 October 2005
[1 page, received 28 October 2005.]
NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
CENTRAL SECURITY SERVICE
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MARYLAND 20755-6000
FOIA Case: 19136C
25 October 2005
Mr. John Young
251 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024
Dear Mr. Young,
This responds to your 10 October 2005 letter requesting the status of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of 6 October 1999. In a letter, received via facsimile on 8 September 2001, the scope of your request was narrowed to be for "documents in the year 1970 concerning 'non-secret digital encryption' described in the paper by J H Ellis, 'The Possibility of Secure Non-secret Digital Encryption,' CESG Report, January 1970, and documents concerning public key cryptography by the USA or other nations;" and "Should NSA have no documents about 'non-secret digital encryption' and public key cryptography for the year 1970, then I request documents on the topics from the earliest year other than 1970."
Records responsive to your request include documents originating with other government agencies, as well as documents that require consultation with other government agencies. Because we are unable to make determinations as to the releasability of other agencies' information, some documents have been referred to another agency for review and direct response to you. Other documents have been referred for consultation and response to this Agency. Our review is nearly complete, and we will provide a final response to your request when the final consultation has been completed. We appreciate your patience during this external review and consultation process.
In the meantime, we have calculated the actual costs that were incurred by the various Agency organizations that searched for information responsive to your request and determined that the actual costs were significantly less than the estimate. You will be sent a refund of $4082.70 under separate cover.
PAMELA N. PHILLIPS
Cryptome paid a search fee of $4,902.00 on April 16, 2001.