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CIA World Tour: What has the Agency done in your country?

CIA World Tour: What has the Agency done in your country?

Building off of the diligent research done by others and incorporating the contents of the recently-released CREST database, MuckRock - with your help - is building a global map of Central Intelligence Agency activities, sourcing materials from CIA’s own records.

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FOIA FAQ: The ultimate guide to searching CIA's declassified archives

FOIA FAQ: The ultimate guide to searching CIA’s declassified archives

This guide will tell you everything you need to know to dive into CIA’s CREST archive and start searching like a pro.

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CIA’s 60 year war with the Government Accountability Office: the conclusion

CIA’s 60 year war with the Government Accountability Office: the conclusion

Since 1949, for 68 of Central Intelligence Agency’s 70 years, the Agency has waged a war against the Government Accountability Office and what CIA described as its “army of auditors.” Not until 2010 was Congress ready to grant GAO that authority, though the provision was dropped under threat of a veto from President Obama. The end result is a hard line that meant the Agency would almost certainly refuse to cooperate at all with any probe that they felt was oversight related. This interactive timeline offers a blow-by-blow of the last seven decades, explaining how and why things got to where they are today.

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Don't call it the Deep State: CIA archive reveals existence of secret network of ex-spies

Don’t call it the Deep State: CIA archive reveals existence of secret network of ex-spies

A document in Central Intelligence Agency’s archive points to the existence of an unofficial “Common Interest Network” of retired intelligence officers. The network, also known as CIN - “as in living-in-sin” according to one of its founders - exists to coordinate the efforts of different organizations. Described as “an unofficial Intelligence Community,” it doesn’t exist except as an abstract, with no chairman, no agenda, and “not even the formality of a rotating host list.” Yet it exists, meeting to discuss influencing Congress and the press, to successfully attack the Freedom of Information Act, and to coordinate the efforts of the organizations that make up the Common Interest Network.

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Exploring trends in the CIA's CREST database

Exploring trends in the CIA’s CREST database

When the Central Intelligence Agency released its CREST database online, it created a historical treasure trove of 13 million pages, more than any one researcher is likely to ever comb through. Fortunately, we’re able to have a computer do that for you, following various trends in what the Agency is paying attention to in a given year.

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