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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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Cooking with FOIA: The CIA's classified crab dip

Cooking with FOIA: The CIA’s classified crab dip

In the mid ’70s, then-Director of Central Intelligence George H. W. Bush was asked in a letter by the Houston, Texas chapter of the Knights of Columbus if he’d be willing to write a short article on the subject of the upcoming U.S. Bicentennial for their monthly newsletter. A copy of said newsletter was included, which is how the May 1976 edition of “The Challenger” - including its recipe for crabmeat au gratin - ended up classified as a national security secret for over 30 years.

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Nine reasons to love Bella Abzug

Nine reasons to love Bella Abzug

Loving Bella Abzug is easy - unless you’re in the Central Intelligence Agency or Federal Bureau of Investigation. Then she was a dangerous leftist who needed to be monitored. Here are several reasons why she should be your nonproblematic fav, based on her FBI file and documents in CIA’s declassified archive.

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Cooking with FOIA: George Bush's declassified grilling tips

Cooking with FOIA: George Bush’s declassified grilling tips

From fudge to top-secret cupcakes, the Central Intelligence Agency’s CREST database contains an abundance of once-classified recipes with often tenuous ties to the agency itself. An article from the May, 1976 issue of Texas Monthly is one such example, featuring then-CIA director George H.W. Bush’s guide to making the perfect hamburger.

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The JFK assassination records release primer

The JFK assassination records release primer

25 years ago, following the release of Oliver Stone’s JFK, President George H.W. Bush signed the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 into law. October 26th is the final deadline for the release of almost all records related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Here’s what you should know.

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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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