NSA Leach Briefing

Emma Best filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 85612
Due Nov. 1, 2016
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of notes and briefings prepared for Representative Jim Leach, as well as any notes, letters or memoranda prepared or exchanged in response to his request for a briefing.

For your convenience, a transcripted copy of the briefing request follows.

"July 11, 1995

"Vice Admiral John McConnell, USN
"Director, National Security Agency
"Ft. George Mead, MD 20755

"Dear Admiral McConnell:

"I am writing to seek your agency's help in verifying or laying to rest
various allegations of money laundering in Arkansas in the late 1980s. For
that purpose, I would request a briefing from NSA's Inspector General on
Friday, July 14 before 1:00 p.m.; if that is not possible, sometime on
Monday, July 17, would also be convenient.

"The reports I have in mind have appeared in the general press and,
sometimes in sensational form, in more narrow- gauged outlets, including the
Internet. They speak of secret foreign bank accounts held by prominent
people in Arkansas, special software to monitor bank transfers, and similar
tales. I would like to determine whether there is any substance at all to
these stories.

"Specifically, I would like your Inspector General to tell me whether the

"(1) knows of any secret bank accounts held by U.S. citizens domiciled in
Arkansas at any time between 1988 and now;

"(2) is aware, directly or indirectly, of any efforts by computer hackers,
U.S.-government related or otherwise, to penetrate banks for the purpose of
monitoring accounts and transactions;

"(3) knows of or has participated, directly or indirectly, in efforts to
sell software--notably versions of a program in use at the Justice
Department called PROMIS--or clandestinely produced devices to foreign banks
for the purpose of collecting economic intelligence and information about
illicit money transfers;

"(4) is cognizant of any attempts by Systematics Inc, an Arkansas-based
electronic data processor that is now a division of Alltell [Alltel], to
monitor or engage in the laundering of drug money or proceeds of other
illegal activities, notably those conducted through Mena, Arkansas;

"(5) can produce information about Charles Hayes, a businessman in Nancy,
Kentucky, who claims to have been a CIA operative in Latin and Central
America, among other places;

"(6) knew of or was involved in, directly or indirectly, any covert
activities by the U.S. government or any private parties (the so-called
"private benefactors") in or around Mena in the late 1980s;

"(7) had any contractual or other relationship with the late Adler Barriman
"Barry" Seal in the 1980s or knew about his activities in connection with

"I would appreciate your help in shedding light on these matters.

"James A. Leach

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and national security matters for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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.


Michael Best

From: National Security Agency

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