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Iran-Contra, October Surprise and Reagan's Wrongs

A look into the wrongdoings of the Reagan administration and campaign, including the October Surprise, Debategate, MCA Records, the Inslaw and Wedtech scandals and the Iran-Contra scandal, which has been called Reagan's unchecked abuse of Presidential power.

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Unearthing CREST: CIA's Declassified Archives

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After our three-year lawsuit led to the public release of 13 million pages of declassified CIA records, we've begun a daily-deep dive into the depths of the Agency's seven-decade history.

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Declassifying CIA's Internal Histories

CIA's internal histories tell the story of the Agency, based on classified documents and interviews with the people involved. They're some of the best resources on the history of the Agency, yet most of them remain unavailable to the public. This project will request copies of every CIA history that can be identified.

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CIA Liaisons and Official Contacts

This project explores CIA's liaisons with other government agencies.

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Watch oral arguments for the lawsuit fighting to improve how — and when — agencies search for responsive documents

Watch oral arguments for the lawsuit fighting to improve how — and when — agencies search for responsive documents

It started as a bit of a FOIA troll: Requesting CIA’s documentation on how it uses poisons for covert assassinations was always a long shot. Now the court case could help improve FOIA responses for requesters everywhere. Read how to tune in live.

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Inside Trump's rushed — and heavily redacted —  visit to CIA headquarters

Inside Trump’s rushed — and heavily redacted — visit to CIA headquarters

Presidential visits, whether to rustic diners or clandestine headquarters, are always both meticulously planned and opportunities for unexpected chaos. When it’s President Trump visiting the CIA, the notoriously tight-lipped staff find themselves wrangling for seats and dealing with logistics that, unsurprisingly, were remarkably fluid for a trip just across the Potomac.

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Cooking with FOIA: The declassified ham sandwiches of the CIA archives

Cooking with FOIA: The declassified ham sandwiches of the CIA archives

There’s a running joke on both sides of the transparency community that the standards for secrecy are so absurd that “you could easily classify a ham sandwich.” And nowhere does that dictum ring more true than in regards to the Central Intelligence Agency, which has, on multiple occasions, classified ham sandwiches.

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Please enjoy this declassified story of a woman’s attempt to steal chicken from the CIA cafeteria

Please enjoy this declassified story of a woman’s attempt to steal chicken from the CIA cafeteria

During my time at MuckRock, I’ve written extensively about the triumphs and tragedies of the Central Intelligence Archive cafeteria(s), including such FOIA favorites as “The Jazz Salad Incident,” “Bacon Accounting,” and “That Scene From Animal House But It’s All The Guys Who Couldn’t Kill Castro.” Before I go, I wanted to share one of my favorite finds from the CIA archives: The description of an employee’s aborted attempt to smuggle chicken out of the cafeteria in her purse.

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CIA instructed its historians to omit “embarrassing” details from the record

CIA instructed its historians to omit “embarrassing” details from the record

An undated regulation uncovered in the Central Intelligence Agency archives, formerly classified SECRET, appears to outline the “Dos and Don’ts” for Agency historians. While most of the consideration goes into avoiding exposing the identities of undercover agents (and acknowledging the inherent difficulties therein), one surprising paragraph instructs historical officers to avoid “embarrassing incidents” or “unflattering statements” unless absolutely necessary.

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What is OGA and what is their function and/or purpose in being mentioned in an FBI FOIA document release ?