|Oklahoma City Bombing Witness Linked to CIA, New Filing Reveals
INTELWIRE.com | September 01, 2009
By J.M. Berger
A potential witness in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation had contact
with the CIA.
That is just one of dozens of revelations in a document released by
the CIA, in response to a lawsuit by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue.
Trentadue has been seeking government documents related to Oklahoma
City through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as part of an investigation
into the death of his brother while federal custody (story).
Trentadue sought documents from the CIA under FOIA. Although the Agency
released some documents (story,
it withheld many more. In response to Trentadue's lawsuit, the CIA filed
what is known as a Vaughn Index, describing the withheld material in detail.
While much of the material was classified, the CIA also refused to disclose
several unclassified documents.
Among the documents described in the index:
A document written by a CIA attorney to the Justice Department that
"responds to request for information as to whether a potential witness
in the Oklahoma City Bombing trial was at any time associated with the
CIA." The document describes "contacts between the CIA and the potential
witness," which also contains information on "the location of a covert
A letter to an FBI agent describing CIA records searches related to Timothy
McVeigh and co-conspirator Terry Nichols.
A 10-page fax describing a name trace search conducted by the CIA on Terry
A one-page cable dated April 19, 1995, with the subject line "Bombing in
Oklahoma City," which contains information about "the location of a covert
CIA facility, a CIA cryptogram, and CIA intelligence limitations and capabilities."
A two cable dated April 19, 1995, and titled "Identity of US Citizens Who
Attended the PAIC [Popular Arab Islamic Conference]." The annual Sudan-based
conference was known as a nexus for Islamic terrorist leaders including
Al Qaeda members. The document also contains information about "CIA intelligence
collection requests, the location of a CIA covert facility, and cryptonyms."
A one-page cable dated April 19, 1995, and titled "Call From Foreign Liason
Contact," which describes "the identity of a foreign government that provided
information to the CIA in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, the
location of a covert CIA facility, and information regarding another agency's
sources, information sharing, and analysis of source information. Release
of the classified information reasonably would be expected to result in
serious damage to the national security of the United States."
A three-page cable dated April 20, 1995, and titled "Planned Correspondence
With Foreign Government Liaison Partners," which describes contact between
the CIA and "an asset regarding the Oklahoma City bombing."
A two-page cable dated April 20, 1995, and titled "Explosion at Federal
Building in Oklahoma" which describes "the location of a covert CIA field
station, the identity of a human source, information sharing, and information
credited to a representative of a foreign government."
Multiple documents dated April 20, 1995, describing claims of responsibility
for the Oklahoma City bombing. As previously reported on INTELWIRE, there
were several such claims in the aftermath of the bombing (story,
A two-page cable dated April 20, 1995, and titled "Possible Suspect" which
"provides information about a possible person of interest in the Oklahoma
A two-page cable dated April 20, 1995, and titled "Name Trace Results"
which describes "a person named in connection with the Oklahoma Bombing
investigation, but whom was not the object of plaintiff's FOIA request."
Trentadue's FOIA request specifically requested information on Andreas
Strassmeir, a German national linked to McVeigh.
A two-page cable dated April 21, 1995, and titled "Investigative Lead."
A two-page cable dated April 21, 1995, and titled "Possible Lead."
A two-page cable dated April 21, 1995, and titled "Information Regarding
Possible Suspects." It contains "the identity of an intelligence source
and details regarding inter-agency coordination with respect to the intelligence
as well as to protect the location of a covert CIA field station and foreign
The Vaughn Index lists numerous other leads generated by human intelligence
the full document