CIA, Clinton library to release declassified Bosnia records


LITTLE ROCK — The Clinton library and the CIA on Thursday announced the release next month of more than 300 newly declassified documents on intelligence and presidential policy-making during the 1992-1995 Bosnia War.

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to deliver remarks during a symposium Oct. 1 hosted by the Clinton Presidential Library and the Clinton Foundation. The event will mark the first time a U.S. president will participate in a CIA declassification event, officials said.

Other scheduled speakers include Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and United Nations ambassador; retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe; former Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger; Leon Fuerth, former national security adviser to Vice President Gore; and former CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence John Gannon.

The symposium, titled “Bosnia, Intelligence, and the Clinton Presidency,” will examine the Balkan conflict and the role of intelligence in informing senior policymakers. The collection highlights the Clinton administration’s role in brokering the agreement that resolved the armed conflict in the Balkans and the role the Interagency Balkan Task Force played in informing policymakers’ decisions.

In 1995, President Clinton signed Executive Order 12958, which prescribed a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding and declassifying national security information. Thousands of documents have been declassified on a wide range of issues since the order was signed.

Officials said the Bosnia collection — the youngest ever released in the CIA Historical Review Program’s 20-year existence — represents a transition from HRP’s releases of largely Cold War-era documents to more contemporary records that address modern intelligence activities.

The program is part of CIA Information Management Services. It identifies, collects and produces historically relevant collections of declassified materials. The collections are centered on a theme or event and are made available online with supporting analysis, essays, video, audio and photographs.