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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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Some FOIA requesters are seeing an uptick in "Still Interested" letters - here's how to deal with them

Some FOIA requesters are seeing an uptick in “Still Interested” letters - here’s how to deal with them

Few things can be more galling for a FOIA requester than to patiently wait on a request for years, only to be told by an agency that if they don’t respond quickly and let the agency know they’re still interested, their request will be closed out. Here’s advice on how to handle “Still Interested” letters.

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Former House Majority Leader worked with the CIA to use a Congressional investigation for propaganda - and it backfired

Former House Majority Leader worked with the CIA to use a Congressional investigation for propaganda - and it backfired

Declassified Central Intelligence Agency documents describe the Agency’s agreement to work with a Senator’s plan to use a 1952 Congressional investigation into Soviet war crimes for propaganda purposes. While it may have worked in the short run, documents indicate that both Agency and State Department personnel believe it may have backfired, and led to charges the U.S. was using biological weapons in Korea.

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State Department cables regarding 2001 UK election predict triumph of "New Labor" centrism

State Department cables regarding 2001 UK election predict triumph of “New Labor” centrism

In light of the events of yesterday’s surprising U.K. General Election, we’re taking a look back to State Department cables regarding the 2001 race - where the only clear winner, no matter the outcome, was business.

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1963 State Department cable speaks to a simpler time in Saudi-Qatar relations

1963 State Department cable speaks to a simpler time in Saudi-Qatar relations

On Monday, Saudi Arabia announced that it would cutting diplomatic ties to Qatar, leading a collection of the oil-rich peninsula country’s closest neighbors in a regional economic shutout. However, it wasn’t always this way - a quick trawl through the CIA’s CREST database reminds of us an arguably simpler time in Saudi Arabia-Qatar relations, when something as potentially serious as where one nation ended and the other begun was a relative non-issue.

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