Video of 1995 Okla. bombing doesn’t exist, FBI says

The 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City killed 168. Timothy McVeigh was convicted in the case.

Rick Bowmer/Associated Press/File 1995

The 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City killed 168. Timothy McVeigh was convicted in the case.

SALT LAKE CITY — The FBI capped its attempt to persuade a federal judge it is not hiding surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by calling witnesses Thursday who testified there has never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off.

Richard Williams, then assistant building manager, said cameras pointing at where the bomb was detonated had not been operational for at least two years before the blast.


Retired FBI agent Stephen Brannan said he investigated allegations that two FBI agents tried to sell surveillance videos showing the bombing to a TV news station for $1 million and determined it was a hoax.

He said agents in Oklahoma told him unequivocally that there were no videos showing Timothy McVeigh arriving at the building or leaving.

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Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue says a video exists showing McVeigh was not alone in detonating the bomb. The government says McVeigh was the only one who detonated the bomb, which killed 168 people.

Trentadue sued the FBI in 2008, saying it has not adequately searched its archives for the security-camera video.

Trentadue said the presence of a second suspect explains why his brother, who resembled a police sketch of a suspect, was flown to Oklahoma months after the bombing. His brother died in a holding cell.

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