The CIA papers: These spies are red, white and blue

The CIA posts hundreds of pages of internal documents, plus another 11,000 pages of research.

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Read all about it. The CIA posts hundreds of pages of internal documents, plus another 11,000 pages of research. This giant cache represents some of the agency's records from 1953 to 1973.

All of these documents can be found through this CIA Web page. First, be aware there still are censored sections, even after more than 30 years.

We already know about the CIA's attempts to hire Mafia hit men to kill Cuba's Fidel Castro. We already know that President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered the CIA to illegally spy on American journalists and peace groups, and the Agency obeyed. We already know the CIA tested drugs on unsuspecting Americans. What other revelations can we expect from all these documents?

Well, probably not much. It is interesting to see how the CIA continued to run a sort of spy-for-hire agency for former agents such as Howard Hunt who needed a lock picked. If spies are your guys, you can follow The Washington Post's coverage, or The New York Times' blog-style coverage. Read all about it, except for what's still redacted. We Americans can certainly feel proud of how the CIA's made good use of our tax money for generations.

 

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