Dear Ministry of Defence,

I would like to make a freedom of information request.

Famously at the time many men were arrested under Operation Ore under allegations of crimes which were later disputed or found to be fraudulent. Subsequently 40 of them committed suicide.

Can you confirm or deny whether or not any of the nearly 4,000 men who were targeted were the subject of Information Operations? If any or many were, can you specify how many were listed as targets?

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

MDP-Sec-DPO Assistant (Hopkins, Katherine D), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr MacKenzie

 

Please see attached letter in response to your request for information.

 

Kind regards

 

Kate

 

Katherine Hopkins

Assistant Data Protection Officer

MDPGA Secretariat

94667 4208 or 01371 854208

 

 

Dear MDP-Sec-DPO Assistant (Hopkins, Katherine D),

Thanks for the much delayed response.

Can you clarify whether the relevant target lists were consulted and specify these please?

Yours sincerely,

Donnie Mackenzie

MDP-Sec-DPO Assistant (Hopkins, Katherine D), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Mackenzie

Please see attached letter from Mr Harney for your attention.

Kind regards

Kate

Katherine Hopkins
Assistant Data Protection Officer
MDPGA Secretariat
94667 4208 or 01371 854208

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Donnie Mackenzie

Dear MDP-Sec-DPO Assistant (Hopkins, Katherine D),

I would appreciate if you could pass this query on to Mr Harney.

In his response he stated:
'we do not hold any information including “target lists”, relating to information operations, in connection with Operation Ore.'

In a later response from MOD they refused to state the number of service professionals on such target lists:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

I would state that I believe his wording leaves out the possiblity that those targets of Operation Ore could have been on target lists. He only seems to rule out the possibility of them having their own 'target list'.

Can you request that he clear this up?

Yours sincerely,

Donnie Mackenzie

MDP-Sec-DPO (Harney, Ronald Mr), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Mackenzie,

 

Please see attached.

 

Regards

 

 

Ron Harney

Data Protection Officer & Freedom of Information Manager

MDPGA Secretariat

Military: 94667 4399

Civilian: 01371 854399

Fax:       01371 854080

Email: [1][email address]

or        [2][email address]

 

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Donnie Mackenzie

Dear MDP-Sec-DPO (Harney, Ronald Mr),

Thank you for your response.

In it you mentioned that my communication could not be considered as a request for an internal review and that all communications would not be responded to owing to a previous pronunciation that requests on specified matters would not be accepted.

Although delayed, the response was done following a review of communications by the MOD after issues elsewhere.

Following brief analysis I found that the response from the MOD in this request was inconclusive.

My communication was a request for clarification and as such an attempt at informal resolution.

Although the MOD provides a time limit on Internal Review requests, as you reiterated, this is bound to the conlusion of attempts at informal resolution.

I take your response as a conclusive one which ends the possibility of informal resolution. As such it is appropriate for me to request an Internal Review at this point, which is still in line and in timescale with the Ministry of Defence guidance provided previously. Please take this as a formal request for such.

I would also note that the response elsewhere regarding 'vexatious' communications outlined the MOD position on new requests by me on particular subjects. Obviously you will be aware that this is not a new request we are dealing with.

Yours sincerely,

Donnie Mackenzie

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Mackenzie

 

The Department has no statutory obligation under the Act to pursue
informal resolution where it is not practicable to do so. Alternatively,
it may consider any complaint to be tantamount to a request for an
Internal Review. As such, I consider that the Department has dealt with
this request in an appropriate manner and is not obliged to carry out an
Internal Review due to the fact that more than 40 days had passed between
communications.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

 

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