Why We’ll Never Get a Full Account of the War in Iraq – D.B. Grady – The Atlantic.
It is a common tactic of corrupt individuals who are committing criminal acts to incorrectly fill out documents. It is purposefully done to create another layer the investigator must go through to reveal the truth. In this case it is the old “put the file under the wrong name” trick.
“”That’s not a recognized marking,” said Leonard. “I have no idea if it was the intent, but I can guarantee you what the consequences of those markings are. When any of this material eventually does end up at a presidential library and access demands are being made, or it’s being processed for release, when some poor archivist sees material marked Handle as SCI, it’s going into the bottom of the pile, and it is going to get much more conservative review. Whether it was the intent to retard the eventual release of the information, I know that’s going to be a consequence of it.”