11/19/2004

1998 DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE REPORT on Al Qaeda

Judicial Watch: "DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE REPORT DETAILS AL QAEDA"

1998 DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE REPORT DETAILS AL QAEDA’S PLANS FOR RUSSIA, CHECHNYA & WMD

Newly Released, Declassified 1998 Report Identifies Targets, Contacts, Methods, Financing, & Training Sites

Northern Caucasus & Chechnya Favored for Operating Bases – Regarded as “Unreachable By Strikes from the West”

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Intelligence Information Report (IIR) declassified and released to Judicial Watch on October 30, 2004, in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) open records request filed by Judicial Watch in January 2000, concerning the decision of the Clinton administration to bomb the al Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan, and suspected al Qaeda terrorist training camps in the vicinity of Khost, Afghanistan on August 20, 1998. The dual-site bombing operation was codenamed “Infinite Reach.” The bombing was reportedly in retaliation for the August 7, 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The DIA IIR (available on the Internet by clicking here, Adobe Acrobat Reader required) is derived from handwritten documents obtained through a classified intelligence project with the unclassified nickname “Swift Knight.”

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