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CIA file confirms the White House’s role in “The Adlai Stevenson Affair”

CIA file confirms the White House’s role in “The Adlai Stevenson Affair”

The details of the negotiations and planning surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis have long been the subject of some contention for historians, with some of the most influential and enduring accounts contradicting what the tapes of those planning sessions tell us. Almost immediately after the Cuban Missile Crisis resolved, rumors began floating around Washington D.C. that the narrative that emerged was the handiwork of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in an effort to force the resignation of Adlai Stevenson, Kennedy’s Ambassador to the United Nations. A Central Intelligence Agency chronology, originally classified SECRET and recently released to MuckRock, confirms that the architect of this historical revisionism was, in fact, Kennedy - and reveals that denials of this were based on nothing more than word games.

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Ever-looming controversy: the fight over the "Armenian Orphan Rug"

Ever-looming controversy: the fight over the “Armenian Orphan Rug”

As the centennial of the Armenian genocide loomed in 2014, a rug became on of the more bizarre examples of how far the US government will go to attempt to both appease Armenian Americans’ desire for acknowledgment of the genocide and avoid offending powerful military ally Turkey, which has long denied that its founding involved the massacre of at least 1.5 million Armenians.

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Stories FOIA told this week - no joke!

Stories FOIA told this week - no joke!

Our weekly series looking at the stories public records made possible.

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