The Honorable Paul Wellstone United States0 University Avenue. West Court International Building St, Paul, Minnesota 5
Attention: Paul Audette
Dear Senator Wellstone:
Mr. Tenet has asked me to respond to your letterce^|rl2, 7 or behalf your constituent,!
Bwrote toregarding redacted CentS^TnfeTTxgmce "Bgency (CXA) documents concerning the disappearance of Father James Carney, and the location of his remains in Honduras.
As you may be aware. President Clinton has statedto ensure that, to the fullest extent possible,information on the fane of Father James Carneybearing in mind the complexity and sensitivityit^uesticin^irftiile it may appear from theur.er that information regarding
Fatheran assure you that great care is being taken in our review process to ensure that all substantive information bearing on Father Carney's fate is being declassified.
Unfortunately, the documents in our files provide no conclusive evidence about the fate of Father Carney. In fact, the information available to us is nowecade old, contradictory, and of questionable reliability, thus giving us no basis on which to identify with any degree of assurance either the circumstances or location of Father Carney's death, nor the present whereabouts of his remains.
Throughout our exhaustive searches, reviews, and subsequent releases of information concerning Father Carney, we have been in periodic contact with the Carney family, in an effort to share to the fullest extent possible all available information on the Father Carney case, the CIA has declassified and released large quantities of documents related to this matter. It was necessary to make limited redactions to the released documents in order to
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Tho Honorable Paul Wellstone
protect intelligence sources and methods. However. an assure you that the passages that were redacted contained no information that would shed further light on what happened.
I trust this information will be helpful to you in responding to IB