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Secrecy News -- 04/05/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 14:53:43 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2007 07:48:51 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 04/05/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 37
April 5, 2007

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**	CLANDESTINE SERVICES HISTORY: THE BERLIN TUNNEL
**	FORMER CIA POLYGRAPHER FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST AGENCY
**	IG REPORT ON DOD INTEL OFFICE DECLASSIFIED
**	VARIOUS RESOURCES


CLANDESTINE SERVICES HISTORY: THE BERLIN TUNNEL

The Central Intelligence Agency has released a newly
declassified version of its closely-held internal history of the
Berlin Tunnel Operation, which was an effort in the mid-1950s to
tap into Soviet communications through a tunnel constructed in
the Soviet sector of Berlin. The operation was famously
compromised by a Soviet mole in British intelligence before it
even began.

The official CIA history of the operation was prepared in 1968
and published -- in two copies. A declassified version was
finally approved for release in February 2007.

See "Clandestine Services History: The Berlin Tunnel Operation,
1952-1956," 24 June 1968:

http://www.fas.org/irp/cia/product/tunnel.pdf

CIA internal histories are a largely untapped resource since the
Agency has been slow to declassify and release them.

A previously published CIA account of the Berlin Tunnel
operation, which includes links to excerpts from other internal
histories of the episode, is here:

https://www.cia.gov/csi/books/17240/art-7.html

A clandestine services history of the 1953 coup in Iran was
leaked to the New York Times in 2000, after the CIA refused to
declassify it. The document is available from the National
Security Archive here:

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB28/index.html


FORMER CIA POLYGRAPHER FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST AGENCY

A former polygrapher for the Central Intelligence Agency has
filed a lawsuit alleging that the Agency unlawfully retaliated
against him for publishing a critical account of CIA polygraph
programs.

John Sullivan, author of the forthcoming book "Gatekeeper:
Memoirs of a CIA Polygraph Examiner," argued that his security
clearance was improperly revoked in the course of a lengthy pre-
publication review dispute, though it was ultimately restored.

"The CIA's treatment of John Sullivan, a former employee who
dared speak out, is indicative of a pattern and practice by the
CIA of unlawful and disgraceful retaliation through the abuse of
the security clearance process," said Mark S. Zaid, the attorney
who is representing Mr. Sullivan.

The allegations were described in an April 5 press release,
available here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/04/sullivan.html

The CIA response to the lawsuit will be posted when it is filed.


IG REPORT ON DOD INTEL OFFICE DECLASSIFIED

At the request of Sen. Carl Levin, the Department of Defense has
declassified most of its February 2007 Inspector General report
on the pre-Iraq war activities of the DoD Office of Special
Plans, led by Douglas Feith.

"It is important for the public to see why the Pentagon's
Inspector General concluded that Secretary Feith's office
'developed, produced and then disseminated alternative
intelligence assessments on the Iraq and al-Qaeda relationship,'
which included 'conclusions that were inconsistent with the
consensus of the Intelligence Community,' and why the Inspector
General concluded that these actions were 'inappropriate'," Sen.
Levin said.

"Until today, those details were classified and outside the
public's view."

See this news release from Sen. Levin, with a link to the newly
declassified report:

http://www.fas.org/irp/news/2007/04/levin040507.html

Mr. Feith's Office issued a January 2007 rebuttal to a draft
version of the IG report that is available here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/ousd011707.pdf


VARIOUS RESOURCES

"Congressional Access to Classified National Security
Information" is the subject of a report prepared by Kate Martin
of the Center for National Security Studies on the occasion of a
March 30 forum on the subject sponsored by OpenTheGovernment.org
and the Center for American Progress.

 http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2007/03/classified.html

Government attorneys defended their contention that some
evidence to be presented to the jury in the upcoming trial of
two former AIPAC officials should be withheld from the public, a
position criticized by the defense as prejudicial and
unconstitutional. See the government brief (first reported April
5 by the New York Sun) here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/rosen032907.pdf

Having declassified some eight million pages of historical
records relating to Nazi and Japanese Imperial Army war crimes,
the largest single-subject declassification program has now come
to a close, the National Archives noted in an April 2 news
release.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/04/nara040207.html

As a public service, the National Archives posts a new daily
document of historical interest each day on its web site. Not
all of them will be of interest to everyone, but the series as a
whole has the potential to serve as an educational stimulus for
students and citizens. Today's (April 5) document is a 1940
photograph of "Leon Trotsky and American admirers":

http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/



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