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Unearthing CREST: CIA's Declassified Archives

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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The moon is a sensitive topic at the CIA

The moon is a sensitive topic at the CIA

The Central Intelligence Agency kept a 1961 translation of the “Atlas of the Far Side of the Moon” marked as “For Official Use Only” in its archives for just shy of 50 years.

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On This Day in CIA History: April 29, 1951

On This Day in CIA History: April 29, 1951

On this day 68 years ago, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Current Intelligence Bulletin contained financial concerns from around the globe, including Agency comments on the arrest of an Associated Press reporter, inflation in Korea, and India’s position in the United Nations.

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One year after massive protests, Nicaraguan government remains ensconced in power

One year after massive protests, Nicaraguan government remains ensconced in power

This month marks the one-year anniversary since the citizens of Nicaragua began a fierce civic uprising against President Daniel Ortega’s administration. A former leader in the Sandinistas, Ortega has faced international criticism over his elimination of term limits, and the revival of broad censorship and repression of the late ‘70s and ‘80s.

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Senator James Eastland’s allegations about "Red spy rings" debunked by his own aide in FBI file

Senator James Eastland’s allegations about “Red spy rings” debunked by his own aide in FBI file

As part of a recent push to clear their FOIA backlog, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has released 30 pages of new documents on Senator James Eastland, adding to the 521 previously released pages. Among the new documents is a remarkable one-page memo suggesting that Eastland’s public assertion about “Red spy rings” were the result of the Senator confusing New York Times reporters with spies.

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The FBI feared that "Seven Days in May" was bad for America

The FBI feared that “Seven Days in May” was bad for America

A memo uncovered in Ronald Reagan’s Federal Bureau of Investigation file reveals the FBI’s concerns that the 1964 film “Seven Days in May,” which depicted an aborted military coup of the U.S. government, would be used as Communist propaganda - and was therefore “harmful to our Armed Forces and Nation.”

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