Was the CIA behind Ronald Reagan’s Russia routine?

One of the Gipper’s infamous Soviet jokes makes an appearance in an Agency memo

Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy

One of the gems uncovered so far amid the 13 million pages of declassified CIA records released this week is a list of Soviet jokes prepared for the Agency’s Deputy Director.

One joke in particular, poking fun at Ronald Reagan, stands out.

Apparently, Reagan agreed, working it into his “stories from Russia” routine.

While there’s no proof that the CIA had a crack team of hacks doing press conference punch-up, it does cast some reasonable doubt on Reagan’s “stories told in the Soviet Union by their people among themselves” line.

The full jokes are embedded below. Thanks to Mike Best and Asya Pikovsky for catching the Reagan connection.


Image via Ronald Reagan Library