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CIA Regulations on Pre-Publication Review Posted

The Central Intelligence Agency requires current and former employees to submit all intelligence-related material that they intend to publish to the CIA for pre-publication review.

Depending on the political climate, the subject matter and sometimes the personalities involved, the pre-publication review process can be routine and relatively painless, or it can be a bureaucratic nightmare spawning years of litigation.

The current CIA regulations governing pre-publication review were revised in 2005 and issued by then-DCIA Porter J. Goss. A copy of the regs, in slightly redacted form, is available here (pdf).

The prior version, dating from 1995 (also partially redacted), is here (pdf).

Both editions were recently entered into the record of a pending lawsuit, Thomas Waters Jr. v. Central Intelligence Agency.

Plaintiff Waters, a former CIA employee, is suing the Agency in a pre-publication review dispute in D.C. District Court. He is represented by attorney Mark S. Zaid.

0 thoughts on “CIA Regulations on Pre-Publication Review Posted

  1. I gotta question about the pre-pub reg:

    It was originally issued “Administrative — Internal Use Only” and the FOIAed version has various redactions, including PRB contact information (why?). So how am I, a loyal former CIA person whose last access to CIA stuff is years in the past supposed to know what regulations to follow?

    Overall, incidentally, the regulation seems to have been written by someone with severe delusions of omnipotence.

    [Indeed. I believe the redactions are due not to national security classification but because they were deemed “not relevant” to the lawsuit for which they were disclosed. –SA]

  2. Another question: These regulations purport to apply to all current and former employees. Unless an employee signs an agreement to abide by all future regulations pertaining to publications, even if they are issued years after separation from the CIA and even if the CIA takes affirmative action to keep the former employee unaware of them (by making them AIUO), what possible legal force can the regulations have?

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