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Navy Mistakenly Sends Reporter Strategy To Dodge FOIA Request

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The memo directs a Navy employee to give the FOIA requester a cost estimate for the document release, as it may "encourage the requester to 'narrow the scope.'"

"Again another 'fish expedition' - just because they are media doesn't mean that the memos would shed light on specific government activities," the memo adds.

The Navy FOIA office told Politico that the emails were sent to MacFarlane as an "administrative error."

The Navy on Tuesday apologized for the email sent to NBC and stated that it is committed to the Freedom of Information Act.