Exhibit F: Letter from Assistant Attorney General Bryant to Congressman Weiner
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Legislative Affairs
Office of the Assistant Attorney General
Washington, D C. 20530
Sept. 20, 2001
The Honorable Anthony D. Weiner
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Congressman Weiner:
Thank you for your letter of June 11, 2001, in which you requested additional information pertaining to classified documents in U.S. V. Jonathan Pollard. Specifically, you request "the classification for each portion of each of the five classified documents; the declassification schedule for each such portion; and the number of people who have been accorded access to any of the classified documents since Mr. Pollard was sentenced."
In response to your request concerning classification and declassification, the Security and Emergency Planning Staff, who maintains custody of the records for the Department of Justice, has requested that a declassification review of the five documents be conducted by the Department of Defense pursuant to Section 1.6(e) and Part 3 of Executive Order 12958. The Department of Defense is the original classification authority for the five documents and must make all classification determinations. If you have further questions about the classification of these records and the applicable declassification schedule, please contact Stewart Aly, Assistant General Counsel, O.C./DOD, Rm. #C975, 1600 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1600, Telephone number 703-695-6804.
With regard to the number of persons having access to the documents since Mr. Pollard's sentencing, the Department can only provide the number of visits recorded in the log of the Security and Emergency Planning Staff. There were 25 instances of access recorded between November 19, 1993 and January 12, 2001. In some instances, a single individual accessed the documents on more than one occasion. The Department cannot provide the number of instances of access to copies of the documents occurring at other agencies, such as the Department of Defense, or by defense and prosecution teams during the course of litigation.
I hope this information will be of assistance to you.
Daniel J. Bryant
Assistant Attorney General