Al Rajhi Bank: Conduit for Extremist Finance (2003)

David Scantling filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
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From: David Scantling

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request for a Mandatory Declassification Review ("MDR") under Executive Order 13526. I hereby request the following record:

1) The 2003 Central Intelligence Agency ("CIA") report entitled, "Al Rajhi Bank: Conduit for Extremist Finance."

a) On July 7, 2007, this CIA report was referenced in a Wall Street Journal ("WSJ") article by reporter Glenn Simpson ("Simpson"). According to Simpson, the CIA report concluded: "Senior Al Rajhi family members have long supported Islamic extremists and probably know that terrorists use their bank." A copy of the article is available on the WSJ web-site at:

b) On July 17, 2012, this CIA report was referenced in an investigation document entitled, "U.S. Vulnerabilities to Money Laundering, Drugs, and Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case History," published by the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (p. 197). A copy of the Committee's investigation document is available on the U.S. Senate web-site at:

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


David Scantling

From: Central Intelligence Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.