Dir. Nat. Intelligence Seeks To Obscure CIA Role In Human Intelligence

SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2014, Issue No. 31
April 28, 2014

Secrecy News Blog: http://blogs.fas.org/secrecy/

** ODNI SEEKS TO OBSCURE CIA ROLE IN HUMAN INTELLIGENCE
** ASSESSING THE EFFECT OF SANCTIONS ON IRAN, AND MORE FROM CRS

ODNI SEEKS TO OBSCURE CIA ROLE IN HUMAN INTELLIGENCE

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is attempting to
conceal unclassified information about the structure and function of U.S.
intelligence agencies, including the leading role of the Central
Intelligence Agency in collecting human intelligence.

Last month, ODNI issued a heavily redacted version of its Intelligence
Community Directive 304 on “Human Intelligence.” The redacted document was
produced in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Robert
Sesek, and posted on ScribD here:

The new redactions come as a surprise because most of the censored text
had already been published by ODNI itself in an earlier iteration of the
same unclassified Directive from 2008. That document has since been removed
from the ODNI website but it is preserved on the FAS website here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/icd/icd-304-2008.pdf

Meanwhile, the current version of the Directive — without any redactions
— is also available in the public domain, despite the attempt to suppress
it. (Thanks to Jeffrey Richelson for the pointer.)

http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/icd/icd-304.pdf

A comparison of the redacted and unredacted versions shows that ODNI is
now seeking to withhold the fact that the Director of the Central
Intelligence Agency functions as the National HUMINT Manager, among other
things.

ODNI also censored the statement that the Central Intelligence Agency
“Collects, analyzes, produces, and disseminates foreign intelligence and
counterintelligence, including information obtained through clandestine
means.”

Among intelligence agencies, in my experience, ODNI is usually the most
responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests, while CIA leads the
competition to be the least helpful and cooperative. In this case, it
appears that CIA’s pattern of defiance overcame ODNI’s better judgment.

ASSESSING THE EFFECT OF SANCTIONS ON IRAN, AND MORE FROM CRS

Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service
that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the
following.

Achievements of and Outlook for Sanctions on Iran, April 22, 2014:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R43492.pdf

The Target Data Breach: Frequently Asked Questions, April 22, 2014:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43496.pdf

The Republic of the Philippines and U.S. Interests–2014, April 23, 2014:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43498.pdf

Malaysia: Background and U.S. Relations, April 21, 2014:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43505.pdf

Moldova: Background and U.S. Policy, April 23, 2014:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS21981.pdf

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions, April 21,
2014:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43491.pdf

Immigration Detainers: Legal Issues, April 24, 2014:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R42690.pdf

Judicial Activity Concerning Enemy Combatant Detainees: Major Court
Rulings, April 21, 2014:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R41156.pdf

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