News 01 Oct 13

Clinton and CIA Declassify Bosnia War Documents

Bill Clinton’s presidential library and the CIA have released over 300 documents detailing the White House’s intelligence and policy-making during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

 

Valerie Hopkins
Washington, D.C.
 
 Poster advertising the Clinton symposium

Former president Clinton will speak about the newly declassified documents on Tuesday during a symposium entitled “Bosnia, Intelligence, and the Clinton Presidency” at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The documents shed light on the Clinton administration’s intelligence operations and its role in brokering the Dayton Peace Accords, which brought an end to the worst armed conflict in Europe since World War II.

The collection also discusses the way that the intelligence officials organized the inter-agency Balkan Task Force in what was then a “groundbreaking level of collaboration among federal agencies”, according to a press release.

Many key personnel in the Clinton administration are scheduled to speak at the event, including former secretary of state and United Nations ambassador Madeleine Albright, retired General Wesley Clark, who served as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, former Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, and former CIA deputy director for intelligence John Gannon.

It is the most recent historical collection released in the 20 years that the CIA has been declassifying documents under the Historical Review Program, officials said, marking a move past Cold War history and a more current picture of US intelligence gathering and sharing. It is also the first time a US president will be a part of a CIA declassification event.

The program is part of CIA Information Management Services, which puts together thematic online exhibitions about United States intelligence issues including video, pictures and text. 

The presidential library, in the capital of Clinton’s home state Arkansas, houses thousands of declassified policy memos and reports from the Balkans during his tenure as president, with some available for online viewing and others indexed and available upon request.

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