Some parts of the Mueller report regarding the investigation into alleged Russian interference with the 2016 US presidential elections, some of the footnotes refer to documents with coded names/titles. Examples:

  1. See SM-2589105 serials 144 & 495.

  2. See SM-2589105-HACK, serial 5.

  3. See SM-2589105-GJ, serial 649.

What do these footnotes refer to, and are these publicly-available documents?

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On page 14 of the report, a footnote (partly redacted) says:

SM-2230634, serial 44 (analysis). The FBI case number cited here, and other FBI case numbers identified in the report, should be treated as law enforcement sensitive given the context.

This suggests that the SM-####### notation is an FBI case file number, included as reference for those who have access to such things. I'm not familiar with the FBI's case file notation, but from what I see on the web these numbers aren't arbitrary, but include codes for particular criminal acts, investigating offices, and other sundry information.

  • And just to be extra-explicit - the contents of these case files has not been made public, right?
    – einpoklum
    Nov 3, 2020 at 0:10
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    @einpoklum: So far as I know. Generally speaking, FBI case files would not be made public without an explicit court order, but I don't happen to know whether the juridical order that unsealed this document included supplementary material. If it did, that material is not included with the on-line versions of the text that I have seen. Nov 3, 2020 at 1:56

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