FOI Release: Department of Finance denies existence of WikiLeaks Banking Blockade docs

by karwalski

I submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Australian Department of Finance, as to information regarding the WikiLeaks Banking Blockade. The requested was refused by Jill Clark, Acting Director, Legal Service Branch, Department of Finance and Deregulation (Contact person is Laura Clark, Administrative Assistant, Paralegal, Freedom of Information, Corporate Services Division, Legal Services Branch, Cheif Operating Officer Group (COOG), Department of Finance and Deregulation)

I have decided to refuse access to the document you have requested, under paragraph 24A of the FOI Act, on the grounds that it does not exist.

I had requested the following.

..between the dates of November 1st 2010 to July 24th 2012 unless specified otherwise

Communications between the Department of finance and the former Attorney-General the Hon Robert McClelland or Attorney-General the Hon Nicola Roxon relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and the former Prime Minister the Hon Kevin Rudd or Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and executives of MasterCard Australia relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and executives of Visa Australia relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and executives of PayPal Australia relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and executives of WesternUnion Australia relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and executives of Amazon Australia relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Documents which the Department of Finance hold on record relating to the WikiLeaks organisation

Documents relating to research undertaken by any member of the Department of Finance in regards to WikiLeaks on July 23 2012

I submit a FOI Request to department of finance after spotting the Department of Finance’s IP visiting my blog

I submitted the FOI request at 12:45AM on the 24th of July 2012, the same IP address visited the domain of the email address I used to submit the FOI request the following day.

 

Interesting…

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