Int roduct ion
1. Based on the discovery order of July 6, requiring production of documents related to numerous sensitive programs that were previously deemed irrelevant to the case, senior officials of the CIA have reviewed the implicated programs to identify the particular intelligence equities now at risk of public disclosure. The CIA is charged with the protection of sources and methods pursuant to the National Security Act7 as amended, and Executive. without that protection, particularly given the scope and sensitivity of the programs implicated by the discovery order, the entire intelligence collection apparatus of the CS. government is placed in jeopardy. Equally as important are the lives of human sources, who depend on. government to protect the confidentiality of that intelligence relationship fundamental to the mission of the CIA, and the methodology used to collect both human and technical intelligence. Intelligence services from foreign governments, including but not limited to the Soviet Onion, Cuba and Iran are undoubtedly focused on these proceedingsource for their own intelligence. Disclosure of sources and methods to these countries allows them to take protective measures, thus closing down collection avenues, places lives at risk, and requires enormous efforts to develop new sources and methods.
This review was undertaken even though the discovery order does not yet require public disclosure of the subject matter. We expect, however, that review by North and his counsel will leadequest for declassification and use at trial. The purpose of this paper is to describe the particular areas identified by the discovery order in which even superficial discussionublic trial could jeopardize national security. This discussion is meant to be illustrative and' not exhaustive.
2. Sostage Location/Rescue Efforts
(Seef the Supplemental Discovery Motion)
A. At the present/. hostages are being held by vaeious radical elements of Hezbollah (see attachment). The discovery order, coupled with North's detailed knowledge of our hostage location and rescue programs, creates the risk of disclosure of numerous sensitive equities. Our hostagefforts, which cbntinue*igh intensity today, depend on many of the same human-and technical sources that are Identified in documents from the relevant time period.
8. Recent developments in the Iran-Iraq war have raised the possibility^-fWounr clights that renewed discussions concerning the hostages could lead to their release. ifL developments underscore the need to withholdur covert efforts towards the location and rescue of the hostages.
C. North's discovery request specifically asks for information about British hostage Terry Waite's role. hostage location and rescue efforts. Waits was publicly involved in negotiations for the release of the hostages as an envoy of the Anglican Church. However, waite was covertly cooperating with. in hostage,release efforts and North was his primary point of contact. ^tpttftK^faite remains at risk by virtue of his captivity, any public disclosure of hisooperation with. would be dangerous.
med^thei* reference to Terry waite's cooperation with. government be^ in this case.
. Marine Corps Colonel Rich Higgins is the most
recently seized American hostage. At the time ofwas publicly accused by his captors of running including hostage location efforts inwas not involved in those efforts. . hostage location and rescueprovide Colonel Biggins' captorsationale toagainst him, as they clearly but inaccurately suspect his ^
has shown no compunction at exploiting hostages to suit including physical abuse and death. Thisviolence is exemplified by William Buckley's death on 3ac the hands of the Islamic Jihadezbollaha protacted period ofwasChief of the CIA station in Beirut when he was Also Jeopardized by the disclosure ofefforts are sensitive liaison relationships withservices, as well as source relationships,and human, that are vital to this'
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D.S. HOSTAGES HELD IN LEBANON
Anderson, OS Journalist AP .Middle East
Sutherland, OS-Educator AUB Acting Dean of Agriculture
Herbert Reed OS Educator (Director of Lebanese International SchoolJO
Cell-Organization and Arab Revolutionary Cells
Ciccipio, US Educator Comptroller of aob
Austin Tracy US Itinerant Writer
ctReported this date and presumed West Beirut)
B. Polhill, US Educator -Beirut university College (BOC)
Oppressed of the Earth, Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine
B. Steen, USOC
Jonathan Turner OS EducatorUC
Col. Richard HIggi ns, USHC XT ?ruce Supervision Organization
then Organization of the Oppressed of the Earth