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White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez's Sept. 30, 2003 Follow-Up Email to all White House
Employees To Preserve Materials Relevant to Possible Leak of CIA Agent's Identity
IMPORTANT FOLLOW-UP MESSAGE FROM COUNSEL'S OFFICE
This communication is a follow-up to the directive I sent you
this morning regarding the preservation of certain materials in
the possession of the White House, its staff, or its employees.
Pursuant to a request from the Department of Justice, I am
instructing you to preserve and maintain the following:
"[F]or the time period February 1, 2002 to the present, all
documents, including without limitation all electronic records,
telephone records of any kind (including but not limited to
any records that memorialize telephone calls having been made),
correspondence, computer records, storage devices, notes,
memoranda, and diary and calendar entries, that relate in any way to:
1. Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, his trip to
Niger in February 2002, and/or his wife's purported
relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency;
2. Contacts with any member or representative of the news
media about Joseph C. Wilson, his trip to Niger in February 2002,
and/or his wife's purported relationship with the Central
Intelligence Agency; and
3. Contacts with reporters Knut Royce, Timothy M. Phelps,
or Robert D. Novak, or any individual(s) acting directly or
indirectly, on behalf of these reporters."
You must preserve all documents relating, in any way,
directly or indirectly, to these subjects, even if there would
be a question whether the document would be a presidential or
federal record or even if its destruction might otherwise be
If you have any questions regarding any of the foregoing,
please contact Associate Counsels Ted Ullyot or Raul Yanes in
the Counsel to the President's Office.
Alberto R. Gonzales
Counsel to the President
Document courtesy of Federation of American Scientists, appearing as part of collection
on White House Memos on Wilson/Plame Leak Investigation page.
Reprinted by Permission.