Work with Stratfor / RANE

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Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,

I'm writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) to ask that you please disclose details of any work undertaken with the intelligence firm Stratfor or parent RANE post the Foreign office merger.

Yours faithfully,

Max Colbert,
The Citizens.

Information Rights (Sensitive), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Dear Max Colbert

 

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with it.

 

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From: The Citizens <[FOI #811118 email]>
Sent: 28 November 2021 17:25
To: Information Rights (Sensitive) <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Work with Stratfor / RANE

 

Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,

 

I'm writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) to ask that
you please disclose details of any work undertaken with the intelligence
firm Stratfor or parent RANE post the Foreign office merger.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Max Colbert,

The Citizens.

 

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Dear Information Rights (Sensitive),

Could I refine this request to just include the UK. I've previously been advised that I might want to revise another request, down to pre/post merger, in order to conform with limitations, so could you please advise what further refining I would have to do in order to get this information please, as I've now tried breaking it into pre/post merger, limiting the timer period, and focusing on UK activities, which seems like it would fall well within the limitations set out under FOI law.

Yours sincerely,

Max Colbert
The Citizens

Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office's handling of my FOI request 'Work with Stratfor / RANE'.

A response to my clarification was not received on time.

Yours faithfully,

Max Colbert
The Citizens

Information Rights (Sensitive), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Dear Max Colbert

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

 

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Information Rights Unit,

Dear Mr Colbert

Thank you for your FOI request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We received your request on 9th February. It has been assigned a unique
reference number (above). We aim to respond by Wednesday, 9th March.

Please note, however, that reprioritisation of resources due to the
COVID-19 crisis, and measures we are required to take to prevent the
spread of the virus, continue to have an impact on our ability to respond
to all requests within the statutory deadline.

We have significantly reduced on-site working which will mean delays to
responses which require access to paper records.

We are endeavouring to process requests as quickly as possible, and
appreciate your patience at this time.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,

When will this request be answered please? It's very, very overdue...

Yours faithfully,

Max Colbert
The Citizens

Information Rights Unit,

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Dear Mr Colbert,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request
FOI2022/03320, received 9th February. I apologise for the delay in
responding.

Please find our response attached.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office