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FBI Agent: Some McVeigh Files Not Seen Before

Friday, 11 May 2001 12:00 AM

Danny Defenbaugh, who is special agent in charge of the Dallas FBI office, said in a statement that the files were discovered during a routine archive process that began last December to assemble all the files in the investigation of the bombing that killed 168 people.

The OKBOMB Task Force and FBI Director Louis Freeh requested all FBI offices to forward all records related to the investigation to the task force, and since the fall of 1995 the offices had been assured that all documents had been submitted for the discovery process, he said.

During the archival process that began last December, Defenbaugh said the FBI "exercised due diligence" to ensure that all the records created during the six-year investigation were logged into and compared with the 26 databases used during the probe.

"During this process it was determined that some of the materials from various FBI field offices were not a part of the investigative database," he said. "Moreover, this was the first time the OKBOMB task force had seen these materials, and none were used in the government's case."

Defenbaugh said he informed senior FBI officials in Washington for the first time Tuesday.

Although the number of files was not disclosed, the material included the results of interviews, notes, and transmittal envelopes, which contained physical items, he said.

Defenbaugh said the FBI was working with prosecutors and the Justice Department to review each document and the materials have also been provided to McVeigh's lawyers.

Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Friday that Wednesday's scheduled execution of McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing would be delayed until June 11 to give his lawyers enough time to review the reported 3,000 documents.

The investigation, one of the most intense in FBI history, produced 23,290 pieces of evidence, more than 238,000 photos, and in excess of 28,000 interviews, Defenbaugh said.

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