• Recently released FBI files show L. Ron Hubbard offering to inform on his own organization

    Recently released FBI files show L. Ron Hubbard offering to inform on his own organization

    Recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation files show that just over a year after L. Ron Hubbard created the the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, a precursor to the Church of Scientology, he offered to become an informant for the Bureau, and provide the FBI with a list of its members and copies of their fingerprints.

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  • FBI file shows what the Bureau thought of a young Joe Trento

    FBI file shows what the Bureau thought of a young Joe Trento

    In 1968, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a run-in with a young Joe Trento early in his reporting career. According to the FBI’s version of events, it didn’t go well.

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  • The Asia Foundation's public distancing of its relation with the CIA didn't end Agency's ties

    The Asia Foundation’s public distancing of its relation with the CIA didn’t end Agency’s ties

    While some outlets did briefly describe the Asia Foundation as being an alleged Central Intelligence Agency conduit, the charges were typically vague and largely circumstantial. None of the archived reports specifically tied it to Agency funds until March 21, 1967 when TAF announced it in a limited hangout”, a technique used when the Agency “can no longer rely on a phony cover story to misinform the public, they resort to admitting some of the truth while still managing to withhold the key and damaging facts in the case.”

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  • The stolen history of the CIA and the Asian Foundation

    The stolen history of the CIA and the Asian Foundation

    The Asia Foundation is, on the surface, a private non-profit that contributes to the development of Asia, including donating millions of books. In reality, since it was created by Central Intelligence Agency in 1951, TAF has engaged in a decades long campaign to misrepresent its origins, purpose and funding.

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  • What happens when the CIA shuts down a front organization?

    What happens when the CIA shuts down a front organization?

    To accomplish its mission, the Central Intelligence Agency will undertake missions utilizing assets, agents, and officers under official and nonofficial covers. When these missions require the use of an organization, the Agency will resort to the use of proprietary companies and organizations as a means of maintaining cover or accomplishing goals that the U.S. Government isn’t able to openly support. Eventually, the Agency has to terminate these proprietaries. The story of how that happens is where things get interesting.

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  • Search through 50,000 emails from the Assassination Records Review Board that tell the hidden story of the JFK files

    Search through 50,000 emails from the Assassination Records Review Board that tell the hidden story of the JFK files

    When much of the JFK files were released on October 26th, over 50 thousand emails from the Assassination Records Review Board, an independent agency to re-examine for release the assassination-related records, were separately released and largely overlooked. These emails show a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the ARRB, the review and release process, and provide new insight into how our history came to be written.

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  • No, CIA's counterintelligence chief didn’t mastermind a JFK assassination cover-up weeks in advance

    No, CIA’s counterintelligence chief didn’t mastermind a JFK assassination cover-up weeks in advance

    In the 2008 epilogue to his book Oswald and the CIA, John Newman begins with a relatively simple fact and ends with a conclusion that not only reaches far beyond the evidence - it contradicts it. While it’s reasonable to point out the Central Intelligence Agency’s determination to avoid being dragged into World War III by the suspicion Lee Harvey Oswald was working for the Russians, it’s quite unreasonable to use this as evidence of a massive cover-up premeditated weeks in advance by none other than CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton.

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  • NSA wanted to use the Espionage Act to prosecute a journalist for using FOIA

    NSA wanted to use the Espionage Act to prosecute a journalist for using FOIA

    Declassified documents in the Central Intelligence Agency’s archives show that while the CIA was looking to include the Freedom Of Information Act in its war on leaks, the National Security Agency was seriously considering using the Espionage Act to target Puzzle Palace author James Bamford for using FOIA.

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  • James Angleton and the author of report that “debunked” his work agreed on one thing - the report was libel

    James Angleton and the author of report that “debunked” his work agreed on one thing - the report was libel

    The Hart Report, also known as the Monster Plot Report, sought to denounce the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterintelligence Staff in general and its chief, James Angleton, in particular, and is frequently cited as evidence of Angleton’s paranoia and incompetence. While Angleton and others strongly disagreed with John Hart’s findings, they agreed him on one important point - the report was libel.

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  • The mystery of disgraced CIA spymaster James Angleton's "retirement"

    The mystery of disgraced CIA spymaster James Angleton’s “retirement”

    Soon after legendary spymaster and CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton’s intelligence career supposedly ended with his forced retirement in December 1974 due to the exposure of CIA wrongdoing, he returned to the Agency, where counterintelligence operations reportedly remained under his purview until late 1975.

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