Operation Russia - report

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I wish to the the full report into ' Operation Russia;. An investigation into corruption within the metropolitan police.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/oct/...

Yours faithfully,

Josh Hastings

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Hastings

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070000569

I write in connection with your requests for information which were
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 15/07/2017.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

"REQUEST 1:
I wish to the the full report into ' Operation Russia;. An investigation
into corruption within the metropolitan police.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/oct/...

REQUEST 2:
I wish to the the full report into 'Operation Tuleta'. Operation Tuleta an
 investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service into allegations of
computer hacking, related to the News International phone hacking scandal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_...

REQUEST 3:
I wish to the the full report into ' Operation Abelard Two'. An
investigation into corruption within the metropolitan police and the
murder of private  investigator Daniel Morgan.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lon...

REQUEST 4:
I wish to see the full and unredacted (albeit with some reactions made to
protect sources and witnesses)  Operation Tiberius report into police
corruption.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/cr...

REQUEST 5:
I wish to see a full copy of Operation Othona report.

Operation Othona was a covert operation, gathering intelligence on
corruption within the Metropolitan Police Service, set up in 1993. The
work and findings of the operation were kept separate from other
intelligence gathered by the Metropolitan Police.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_...

REQUEST 6:
I  wish to see a full copy of  'Operation Nightshade' report. Nightshade
was an Anglo-American police sting across three continents. It had three
lines of inquiry - a cocaine shipment from Venezuela to the UK, a money
laundering scam and an illegal arms deal.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/mar/...

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Very well. Thanks for notifying me.

Yours faithfully,

Josh Hastings

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Hastings

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070000569

I write in connection with your requests for information that were
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 15/07/2017 and have
been aggregated together.  I note you seek access to the following
information:

REQUEST 1:
I wish to the full report into ' Operation Russia;. An investigation into
corruption within the metropolitan police.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/oct/...

REQUEST 2:
I wish to the full report into 'Operation Tuleta'. Operation Tuleta an
 investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service into allegations of
computer hacking, related to the News International phone hacking scandal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_...

REQUEST 3:
I wish to the full report into ' Operation Abelard Two'. An investigation
into corruption within the metropolitan police and the murder of private
 investigator Daniel Morgan.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lon...

REQUEST 4:
I wish to see the full and unredacted (albeit with some reactions made to
protect sources and witnesses)  Operation Tiberius report into police
corruption.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/cr...

REQUEST 5:
I wish to see a full copy of Operation Othona report.

Operation Othona was a covert operation, gathering intelligence on
corruption within the Metropolitan Police Service, set up in 1993. The
work and findings of the operation were kept separate from other
intelligence gathered by the Metropolitan Police.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_...

REQUEST 6:
I  wish to see a full copy of  'Operation Nightshade' report. Nightshade
was an Anglo-American police sting across three continents. It had three
lines of inquiry - a cocaine shipment from Venezuela to the UK, a money
laundering scam and an illegal arms deal.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/mar/...

I am sorry to inform you that we have not been able to complete our
response to your request by the date originally stated.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act), we have 20 working
days to respond to a request for information unless we are considering
whether the information requested is covered by one of the 'qualified
exemptions' (exemptions which must be tested against the public interest
before deciding whether they apply to the information in question).

Where we are considering the public interest test against the application
of relevant qualified exemptions, Section 17(2)(b) provides that we can
extend the 20 day deadline.  Please see the legal annex for further
information on this section of the Act.

For your information we are considering the following exemption(s):

* Section 30 - Investigations and proceedings
* Section 31 - Law enforcement

I can now advise you that the amended date for a response is 08/09/2017.

May I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Regarding Operation Tiberius, I have identified information that may be of
interest to you that is accessible via the links below:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/o...
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1...

The document linked below contains a redacted version of a report relating
to Operation Tiberius in addition to information relating to other
investigations, including from page 223 onwards, Operation Russia and
Operation Othona:
https://www.parliament.uk/documents/comm...

You may also be interested the 'Review into Operation Abelard II by the
Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police Service' that is
available via the link below:
http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/agenc...

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [email address], quoting the reference number
above.

Yours sincerely

Brian Wilson
Information Law Advisor

LEGAL ANNEX

Section 17(2) provides:

(2) Where-

a) in relation to any request for information, a public authority is, as
respects any information, relying on a claim-
i) that any provision of Part II which relates to the duty to confirm or
deny and is not specified in section 2(3) is relevant to the request, or
ii) that the information is exempt information only by virtue of a
provision not specified in section 2(3), and
b) at the time when the notice under subsection (1) is given to the
applicant, the public authority (or, in a case falling within section
66(3) or (4), the responsible authority) has not yet reached a decision as
to the application of subsection (1)(b) or (2)(b) of section 2,
the notice under subsection (1) must indicate that no decision as to the
application of that provision has yet been reached and must contain an
estimate of the date by which the authority expects that such a decision
will have been reached.

 
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the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
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PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Hi,

Many thanks for your efforts thus far.
Can you provide an estimate on when the rest of the information will possibly be available?

Yours faithfully,

Josh Hastings

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Hastings

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070000569

Further to your correspondence dated 11/08/2017, I estimate that a
response will be provided to you by no later than 08/09/2017.

Yours sincerely

Brian Wilson
Information Law Advisor

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Mr Hastings

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070000569

Please find attached the MPS response to your request for information
dated 15/07/2017 in which you asked for reports relating to Operation
Russia, Operation Tuleta, Operation Abelard Two, Operation Tiberius,
Operation Othona and Operation Nightshade.

Yours sincerely

Brian Wilson
Information Law Advisor

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
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email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
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