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When it came to the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover was both a source and ‘fact checker’ for the media

When it came to the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover was both a source and ‘fact checker’ for the media

In a recent response to a FOIA request on Rudolf Abel and the Hollow Nickel case, the Federal Bureau of Investigation included a 13 page section describing the FBI’s assistance to an author writing a series of articles about the Bureau. At least some of the articles appear to have been based on the film “The FBI Story,” which FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover reportedly had a strong hand in the production of, including prompting reshoots.

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In the early '90s, Scientology tried to dictate to the FBI what information could be released about them through FOIA

In the early ‘90s, Scientology tried to dictate to the FBI what information could be released about them through FOIA

A recent Federal Bureau of Investigation FOIA release prompted by the author’s lawsuit, shows that between 1990 and 1994, the President of the Church of Scientology International sent the FBI a series of letters instructing the Bureau on what records Scientology felt the FBI was entitled to keep or to release through FOIA.

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Requester's Voice: National Security Cinema's Tom Secker

Requester’s Voice: National Security Cinema’s Tom Secker

Tom Secker and Matthew Alford spent years digging into a secret that was hiding in plain sight. Or rather, hiding in movie theaters, television sets, and streaming services everywhere: The secret influence the Department of Defense and intelligence community had on Hollywood. In this Requesters Voice, Secker shares what he learned.

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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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