commission holds back more chirac papers


Thirteen of 26 new national security documents involving former French president Jacques Chirac are likely to stay top secret, despite links to an inquiry involving alleged assassination.

Just 11 of the documents were recommended for full release on 4 December 2008, according to last Friday’s Official Journal, a state gazette.

“Partial declassification” for two further documents were made by members of the CCSDN, la Commission consultative du secret de la défense nationale.

A powerful advisory commission overseeing judicial inquiries and other requests for release of national defense secrets, CCSDN members recommended against declassification of 13 documents.

This compares with earlier recommendations releasing 16 of 17 documents from another dossier considered by CCSDN.

All 132 recommendations from the national security commission have so far been accepted by ministers of the day.

First story on the new documents appeared at a quarter to six last Friday evening, according to a timestamp on a story at Le Nouvel Observateur, a weekly newsmagazine.

The report was picked up by Tahitipresse, publishing online 4:19 hours later, adding direct reference to the five-year-old Clearstream scandal.

Neither reported who submitted the 26 documents for declassification.

Two judicial inquiries are active.

Links to Jean-Pascal Couraud, a former editor in Pape’ete, emerged when leaked documents exposed a Chirac bank account in Tokyo with 300 million Francs, about US$70 million.

Various witnesses have told the media of Couraud investigating the account before he disappeared 11 years ago on a Monday night, 15th December 1997.

The Tokyo bank is owned by a relation of Gaston Flosse, a former president of French Polynesia.

CCSDN recommends solely on declassification of documents concerning national security.

In this latest decision, the 13 still-secret documents join one earlier paper, held back from a first dossier of 17 recommended for declassification.

This brings a total of 42 documents considered for declassification since October, with 27 recommended for declassification, 14 staying top secret and two partially declassified.

The CCSDN never releases documents itself.

First, a minister must consider the commission’s recommendations, and, if accepted, documents then go to judicial inquiry, for possible publication with findings, months or years later.


jason brown


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