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Here's what you thought that mysterious object in the CIA archives was

Here’s what you thought that mysterious object in the CIA archives was

Last week, we asked for your help identifying this object found by Emma Best in the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives. After receiving dozens of responses, we think we’ve solved the mystery.

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Doesn't look like anything to me: Help identify this mystery object found in the CIA archives

Doesn’t look like anything to me: Help identify this mystery object found in the CIA archives

A 12-page document discovered by Emma Best in the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archive is simply entitled “PHOTO WITH DARK IMAGES.” And as far as we can tell, that’s exactly what it is - pictures of something, arranged in different amounts and angles.

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Happy Valentine's Day from MuckRock

Happy Valentine’s Day from MuckRock

In what’s become an annual tradition here at MuckRock, we’ve put together a collection of cards to let the ██████ in your life know how you feel.

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Five declassified frustrations from the CIA archives

Five declassified frustrations from the CIA archives

Intelligence work can make on feel awfully stupid, and in the Central Intelligence Agency’s 13 million pages of declassified documents that’s more than a few times that folks made their frustrations felt. Here’s five of our favorites.

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The secret origin of J. Edgar Hoover's nickname

The secret origin of J. Edgar Hoover’s nickname

One of the lesser-known scandals associated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most infamous Director, J. Edgar Hoover, is that for years, he answered to his childhod nickname, “Speed.” While various sources have attributed the name to everything from Hoover’s habit to talking quickly (allegedly to mask a stutter) to his swiftness on the football field (a sport he never played), an official FBI newsletter released to Russ Kick offers the official origin story.

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