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Thursday, June 11, 2009
 

Oklahoma City Bombing Videotapes Release May Be Imminent

By J.M. Berger
INTELWIRE.com


A dozen or more surveillance videotapes related to the Oklahoma City bombing may soon be released by the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act.

The unreleased tapes have long been the subject of controversy. Some have argued the tapes may contain images of additional conspirators in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred E. Murrah federal building, for which only Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols have been convicted.

The videotapes are described in documents newly released to Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue, who is also seeking the release of the tapes themselves. Click here to read the original documents.

The actual tapes "are due any day," Trentadue said this week.

(Click here and here for more about Trentadue's battle to force FBI to disclose information about the Oklahoma City bombing.)

Separately, Trentadue released more than 50 pages of heavily redacted documents relating to the bombing, which he obtained from the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Click here to read the original documents.

Trentadue had petitioned for a number of documents relating to the bombing itself, communications between the CIA and the FBI over the bombing, and records related to Andreas Strassmeir, a German national linked to McVeigh who is alleged to have played a role in the bombing.

The CIA referred 26 documents it found during its search to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a division of the Air Force responsible for satellite imagery intelligence.

"Release of this information could cause grave damage to our national security," the Agency wrote in a letter to Trentadue.

The withheld documents likely relate to satellite images of the Murrah building.

As previously disclosed by an INTELWIRE FOIA request, the CIA provided imagery of the Alfred E. Murrah Federal Building for use by the FBI in evaluating the bomb blast.

The imagery included both before and after images. The documents released to INTELWIRE do not indicate when -- or why -- the "before" pictures were taken.

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