LETTER TO JOHN F. KERRY FROM ROBERT M. GATES RE POW/MIA ISSUES COMMITTEE'S INVE

Created: 10/20/1992

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The Honorable John F. Kerry Chairman

Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs united states Senate.

Dear Hr. Chairman:

I appreciate greatly the comments in2 praising the Agency for itsthe POW/MIA CcOTiittee's

As youad my staff pull together forummary of information relating to POW/MIA issues from the President's Daily Brief (PDB). m advised that both you and Senator Smith reviewed this material personally, as did other members of your Ccanmittee staff. Pursuant to yourlso had the Executive Registry review its files and extract pertinent documents for your Ccmf.ee staff to review. We have found no other 'Special Briefs" or additional notes (aa, for example, any that former Director William Casey might have made] related to these issues. We have, however, responded to other Questions submitted by Kr. Taylor of your Ccociittee, and will continue to work closely with your staff on this matter.

I would like to reiterate at this junctureadeetter of2 to you. tatutory responsibility to protect sources and methods, including material shared with us by otherannot therefore accede to your request for unrestricted access to operational or source files. To meet the needs of the Committee, however, we have made available to your staff as requested all reporting relative to specific reports, sightings and incidents, and have declassified as much of this information as possible.

The Honorable John F. Kerry

Your letter asked that all files relating to three specific reports be made available to the Cconmittee. Hy staff has prepared for yoururnmary of source vetting information which underlie the specific intelligence disseminations on which you requested additional information in your letter. We will make arrangements with your staff to review this material. ope these surnmaries will meet your needs.

An original of this letter is also being sent to vice Chairman Smith.

Sincerely,

Bill Studoman

Robert M. Gates

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