FBI finds more McVeigh files

Attorney General John Ashcroft's statement

The FBI has found an additional 898 additional pages of Oklahoma City bombing documents nearly two weeks after the bureau uncovered more than 3,100 pages of documents that were not presented to the Timothy McVeigh defense team prior to his trial.

The documents were found in at least three FBI field offices — 103 pages from the Baltimore office, 327 from the Denver office, and 63 from the Oklahoma City office. An additional 405 pages came from various other offices.

During a press conference Thursday, Attorney General John Ashcroft sought to downplay the significance of the documents, saying that they did not contain any significant new information and that they "represent only a small fraction of 1 percent of the total number of produced documents in this case."

He said the documents contained items such as photographs, fingerprint cards and criminal history reports about people who ultimately turned out to have no connection with the case. The documents also include newspaper and magazine clippings, most of which are not about the bombing.

The FBI has been reeling from the discovery of the first round of documents. That failure has been blamed in part on the FBI's antiquated computer systems and the bureau's lack of adequate systems for managing the voluminous number of records created by investigations.

The Justice Department has completed a report detailing the FBI's efforts over the past 13 days to identify any remaining documents. That report, however, does not look at how the documents were lost in the first place, he said. The Justice Department inspector general is investigating that issue.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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