FBI denies Utah lawyer Jesse Trentadue’s claims of bombing video editing

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: September 29, 2009 at 4:53 am •  Published: September 29, 2009
The FBI on Monday denied editing security camera videos from the Oklahoma City bombing case.

The FBI this summer released more than 20 recordings to Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue who is doing his own inquiry into the attack. The soundless recordings came from security cameras in operation in downtown Oklahoma City on the days before and on the morning of the bombing.

None show the actual explosion of a truck bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995. Trentadue claims some cameras go blank about the same time before 9:02 a.m. He said Sunday that was "evidence that there is something there that the FBI doesn’t want anybody to see.”

An FBI spokesman said Monday, "The FBI made no edits or redactions in the processing of these videos. The tapes are typical security cameras — the view switches camera to camera every few seconds.”

The Oklahoman obtained the recordings from Trentadue. The recordings – which cover several hours — received national attention Sunday and Monday after The Oklahoman put excerpts online. The explosion resulted in 168 deaths.

Trentadue has contended in the past the FBI is covering up that agents knew about the bomb plot from informants but failed to prevent the attack. Federal officials have consistently denied the government had any prior knowledge of the attack.

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