CIA Releases Cache of Al Qaeda, 9-11 Docs

By Carlton Purvis

The CIA has released 800 pages of newly declassified documents on al Qaeda and the September 11th attacks in response to a Freedom of Information request from IntelWire, a national security blog managed by J.M. Berger, author of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War In The name Of Islam.

The release was in response to a request by IntelWire for documents referenced by the 9/11 Commission.

“Numerous documents were withheld, and those that were released have been heavily redacted. Despite this, it is highly unusual to receive any material from the CIA in response to a FOIA request, and they provide a fascinating look at the state of the agency's understanding of Al Qaeda over the years,” Berger wrote on Thursday.

The documents have been posted on They include warnings about one of the 9-11 hijackers, accounts of attempts to kill Osama bin Laden, and numerous al Qaeda intel analyses.

In another document dump last month, documents seized during the raid on bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound were published by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point Web site. The CTC release contained 197 pages of communications between top al Qaeda leaders.

The documents, found on five computers and more than 100 storage devices found during the raid, were released in Arabic and English translations. 

photo by RestrictedData/flickr


View Recent News (by day)


Beyond Print

SM Online

See all the latest links and resources that supplement the current issue of Security Management magazine.