Report of Investigation Regarding Allegations of Mishandling of Classified Documents by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

Special Report
September 2008
Office of the Inspector General


Table of Contents
  1. INTRODUCTION

  2. BACKGROUND

    1. Gonzalesís Professional Background
    2. Overview of National Security Information Classification
    3. Security Facilities Available to Gonzales as Attorney General for the Handling of Classified Materials
      1. Justice Department
      2. Gonzalesís Residences
    4. Security Briefings Received by Gonzales as White House Counsel and as Attorney General
  3. GONZALESíS HANDLING OF CERTAIN CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS

    1. Creation and Handling of the Handwritten Notes as White House Counsel
    2. Gonzalesís Handling of the Handwritten Notes After He Was Sworn In As Attorney General
    3. Gonzalesís Handling of the Notes and Other SCI Documents as Attorney General
      1. OAG practices concerning the OAG safe
      2. Gonzalesís statements to White House attorneys and Justice Department officials about the notes
      3. Storage of other TS/SCI documents
  4. OIG ANALYSIS

    1. Gonzales Took the Classified Notes to His Residence
    2. Storing the Notes and Other TS/SCI Materials Outside of a SCIF
    3. Justice Department Security Regulations
  5. CONCLUSION



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