Defense News

Friday, November 30, 2007


The CIA anticipates declining productivity in its declassification program, according to a newly disclosed declassification plan.

Between 1995 and 2006, CIA reviewed nearly 97 million pages of 25 year old documents and released 30 million pages, the Agency reported. But that level of activity is unlikely to be sustained.

Nor is CIA willing to permit other government agencies to review its records for possible release, which would be one way to optimize the declassification process.

The CIA has devised a new loophole in the automatic declassification requirements of the executive order on classification policy. In CIA's reading, a 25 year old document is not considered "historically valuable," and therefore subject to automatic declassification, unless and until it is no longer in use.

The CIA Declassification Plan was submitted to the Information Security Oversight Office in April 2006.

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