CIA releases 9/11-related internal documents

Five documents assessing CIA conduct before and immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks were released Friday. The redacted files include the previously unavailable 2005 assessment of the CIA, as well as reactions by relevant officials.


“In response to FOIA requests for the full 2005 OIG report, CIA and other agencies conducted an extensive review of the nearly 500-page document in order to release information that no longer needed to be protected in the interests of national security,” the agency said in a statement.

One of the documents released on Friday is the redacted version of the 2005 report by the CIA Office of Inspector General (OIG), examining the agency’s accountability and intelligence community activities before and after the September 2001 terrorist attacks. The CIA had previously released only a heavily redacted executive summary of that report.

Among the new documents are two internal memos by CIA Director at the time, George Tenet, responding to drafts of the OIG report in February and June 2005. Versions of the August 2001 OIG report about the DCI Counterterrorism Center (CTC), and a July 2005 memo from 17 CTC officers responding to the 2005 OIG report, have been made public previously. Friday’s release, however, has disclosed some of the information previously redacted, “in light of the recent declassification of information on CIA’s counterterrorism operations,” the CIA said.

The five documents can be read at the agency’s FOIA page.