The CIA's declassified database is now online

The CIA’s declassified database is now online

Thanks to a MuckRock lawsuit and Emma Best’s diligence, you can now read over 13 million pages of Agency records

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Edited by Michael Morisy

Back in December, we wrote about how the CIA would be placing its previously-inaccessible CREST database online. The move was a response to our lawsuit, handled pro bono by with Kel McClanahan of National Security Counselors, as well as Emma Best’s diligence in trying to manually print and scan the archive.

Today, we’re happy to announce that all 25 years’ worth of declassified documents are now available - no trip to the National Archives required.

The whole thing is searchable - here are their files on super-spook George Wackenhut - and they’ve already begun highlighting “the best of CREST,” such as the UFO special collection.

Thanks to our friend Jason Leopold for the tip-off, and if you come across anything interesting in the archives, please let us know at

Image via CIA’s Flickr