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BBC NEWS:
The US Central Intelligence Agency is to declassify hundreds of documents detailing some of the agency's worst illegal abuses from the 1950s to 1970s.
The papers, to be released next week, will detail assassination plots, domestic spying and wiretapping, kidnapping and human experiments.

Many of the incidents are already known, but the documents are expected to give more comprehensive accounts.

It is "unflattering" but part of agency history, CIA chief Michael Hayden said.

"This is about telling the American people what we have done in their name," Gen Hayden told a conference of foreign policy historians.

The documents, dubbed the "Family Jewels", offer a "glimpse of a very different time and a very different agency".

The full 693-page file detailing CIA illegal activities was compiled on the orders of the then CIA director James Schlesinger in 1973.

He had been alarmed by accounts of CIA involvement in the Watergate scandal under his predecessor and asked CIA officials to inform him of all activities that fell outside the agency's legal charter.

'Skeletons'

Ahead of the documents' release by the CIA, the National Security Archive, an independent research body, on Thursday published related papers it had obtained.

These detail government discussions in 1975 of the CIA abuses and briefings by Mr Schlesinger's successor at the CIA, William Colby, who said the CIA had "done some things it shouldn't have".

Among the incidents that were said to "present legal questions" were:


the confinement of a Soviet defector in the mid-1960s
assassination plots of foreign leaders, including Cuba's Fidel Castro
wiretapping and surveillance of journalists
behaviour modification experiments on "unwitting" US citizens
surveillance of dissident groups between 1967 and 1971
opening from 1953 to 1973 of letters to and from the Soviet Union; from 1969 to 1972 of mail to and from China
The papers also convey mounting concern in President Gerald Ford's administration that what were dubbed the CIA's "skeletons" were surfacing in the media.

Henry Kissinger, then both secretary of state and national security adviser, was against Mr Colby's moves to investigate the CIA's past abuses and the fact that agency secrets were being divulged.

Accusations appearing in the media about the CIA were "worse than in the days of McCarthy", Mr Kissinger said.



Very interesting stuff, but I bet the most secret stuff will still all be kept under wraps. Still wouldn't mind giving these documents a read when they're released.

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i'm in the cia


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I have something new to read.
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The Soviet defector will be Nosenko. You can read about most of his incarceration whilst looking into the JFK assassination as he was part of the KGB division who allowed Oswald to defect.

It's actually pretty interesting. He was locked in a house somewhere and tortured for like four years until they believed he wasn't a spy.
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can't wait to see them.
have been excited since I saw the story last week
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This reminds me of the stuff they did in The Good Shepherd.
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It's a movie about the beginnings of the CIA.
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The documents, dubbed the "Family Jewels"


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So AC/DC is releasing th information huh?
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So AC/DC is releasing th information huh?


No, I was referring to the fact that they named their report after a common nickname for your wang.
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No, I was referring to the fact that they named their report after a common nickname for your wang.

I thought family jewels referred to testicles.
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I dont care what the CIA do as long as they stop coming to Ireland where they refuel their planes, carry around guns and have innocent people with them that they're bringing to countries known to practice torture.

Actually, now that I think about it, I do care. **** the CIA.
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No, I was referring to the fact that they named their report after a common nickname for your wang.

I thought the family jewels were your balls.
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You know what I meant. Male genitalia.
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