v3rgEz writes: What's a guy supposed to do when the FBI starts tracking his movements, monitoring what he writes, and generally making life a little harder just for thinking out loud? In noted author James Baldwin's case, give them something to talk about: In recently FOIA'd documents, files on the celebrated African-American playwright show that he apparently leaked out that he was working on a book about the FBI — a book he never appeared to actually intend to write. The FBI dutifully freaked out about the very idea of the book.
v3rgEz writes: Looking to get a better sense of American adventurism overseas? Want to play a part in uncovering international intrigue? FOIA non-profit MuckRock is crowdsourcing requests to dig into the CIA's files on Guatemala. One of the site's users recently uncovered a 227-page index of files, and the site is allowing free filing of requests in order to help make the most interesting of the files publicly available. Titles are tantalizing, including gems like "Shipment of Foreign Arms Stored at [DELETED] Location" to "Guatemalan Officers Stalling on Ultimatum."
An initial estimate had the records be ready for release by April 2016, but since then the release date slipped, then slipped again, to not only a date beyond the election, but to a date that doesn't actually exist: November 31st, 2016.
Perhaps we'd understand what was going on better, except that a FOIA request to the State Department for their date estimation methodology filed in 2013 is still awaiting response, having had its own estimated completion date moved back six times.
v3rgEz writes: MuckRock recently released copies of the Department of Justice's files on document leak site Crytptome, after user Martin Peck filed a number of requests for them. The largest release of files comes from the Office of Professional Responsibility which includes a lot of processing notes, heavy redactions... and a very strangely redacted smiley face on a PostIt note.
v3rgEz writes: As EMC World kicks off this week, there's at least some one big question answered about the recently acquired company: What will the Dell/EMC hybrid be called? Dell Technologies, according to a recent filing with the SEC. The filing says the new brand will encompass Dell, EMC, VMware, Pivotal, SecureWorks, RSA and Virtustream. "I think it has nice ring and I hope all of our team members, customers and partners feel included under our family umbrella and are as excited as I am about what is coming next," said company founder Michael Dell in the letter announcing the change.