The 500 Pound Gorilla

SOFTWAR:  Documents obtained by Freedom of Information requests
show that Vince Foster attended a meeting at the NSA
headquarters on May 2, 1993.  What role did Mr. Foster have in
Clipper or at the NSA?

McConnell:  Foster had NO NO NO NO role in Clipper.  He never
went to NSA headquarters to meet on Clipper.  The May 2, 1993
meeting at Ft. Meade is an annual event called "Law Day".  It is
a dog and pony show for the power elite.  I doubt that Foster
even knew what crypto meant.  John Podesta was our contact
inside the White House.
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THE WHITE HOUSE

  WASHINGTON

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July 8, 1994

MEMORANDUM FOR JOHN D. PODESTA                  STAFF SECRETARY

FROM:             W. NEIL EGGLESTON
                  ASSOCIATE COUNSEL TO THE PRESIDENT

RE:               REPORTING ON FOSTER DOCUMENTS

                    Attached please find the major reporting on
the handling of Foster's files after his death.  I have also
included the White House statement of December 20, 1993, the
relevant portions of Mrs. Clinton's press conference in April,
and talking points that we have drafted on the issue.

                    None of the materials that I have reviewed
addresses when or how the files went from the White House to
Williams & Connelly.

cc: Lloyd Cutler

W.N.E.

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WASHINGTON

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July 10, 1994

MEMORANDUM,FOR LLOYD CUTLER
                   SPECIAL COUNSEL TO THE PRESIDENT

FROM:             W. NEIL EGGLESTON
                  ASSOCIATE COUNSEL TO THE PRESIDENT

RE:                FOSTER FILE

                     The attached memorandum discusses legal
issues related to the Foster file. It does not address the
separate issue of how the White House ought to proceed.

W.N.E.

cc: John D. Podesta

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NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

23-Dec-1993 13:04 EDT

SECRET

MEMORANDUM FOR:
          Daniel B. Poneman

(PONEMAN)

FROM:          George J. Tenet
           (TENET)

SUBJECT:    eaa and software issues

dan:

we are on the basis of a lengthy meeting yesterday with Sue
Eckerd, and Bill Clements, finalizing our PRD and discussion
paper on exports for a restricted/modified principals meeting
on encryption that I hope can be scheduled for mid january.

Exports and digital telephony will be the two major issues on
the table. Ron Brown will attend for Commerce.

I will ensure that you have as much as you need on this
question. In return, I want to ensure that I am in the room
when this issue is raised in the context of EAA Tom
Kalil/Kyle have to be brought in as well. We need to ensure
that this is carefully coordinated. Unlike, telecom and
computers, this issue is the 500 pound gorilla for the
intelligence community so we need to make sure we are singing
off of the same sheet music.

We had a long meeting this morning in John Deutch's office on
encryption which included, Admirals, McConnel, Studeman. John
Podesta and other luminaries.

Next week, we should sit down and discuss all of this. I will
give you as much background as you may need. Clements and
Barth continue to work the issue for Commerce. Sue Eckerd and
I have established a good relationship all of this as well.

Have a merry Christmas with your family. GJT

CC: Records

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