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November 20, 2014

Studies in Intelligence: New Articles from The CIA's In-House Journal
CIA Reactions to JFK Assassination Included Fear of Possible Soviet Strike against U.S.; Desire to "Bond" with LBJ.

November 17, 2014

Project Sapphire 20th Anniversary
More than a half-ton of weapons-grade uranium removed from Kazakhstan in 1994.

November 16, 2014

25th Anniversary of El Salvador Jesuit Murders
Declassified Documents from 1989 Show Initial U.S. Unwillingness to Consider Salvadoran Military's Responsibility.

November 9, 2014

The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 25th Anniversary
Documents show accident and contingency, anxiety in world capitals.

October 21, 2014

Intelligence Center Tracks Missile Launches Worldwide 24/7
"Little known" DEFSMAC Created to Cover Soviet Launches, Now Alerts and Reports Globally from China to South Africa.

October 19, 2014

T: The New York Times Style Magazine Features Jenny Holzer
Artist Devotes "Advertisements for Myself" Page To Promoting the National Security Archive

October 16, 2014

China's First Nuclear Test 1964 -- 50th Anniversary
China's Advance toward Nuclear Status in Early 1960s Held Surprises for U.S. Analysts, Generated Conflicting Opinions about the Potential Dangers.

October 1, 2014

"I think we are going to have to smash Castro," Kissinger tells President Ford.

September 28, 2014

Secret Salvadoran military document from the civil war era catalogued "enemies," many killed or disappeared.

September 26, 2014

Secret U.S. Back-Channel History with Fidel and Raul Castro Revealed in New Book.

September 12, 2014

Israel Crosses the Threshold II
The Nixon Administration Debates the Emergence of the Israeli Nuclear Program.

September 5, 2014

Iran-Contra Revisited
New Book Places Reagan at Center of 1980s Scandal.

August 13, 2014

The Yuri Orlov File
Human Rights Legend and Distinguished Physicist Turns 90.

July 24, 2014

The Shevardnadze File: Late Soviet Foreign Minister Helped End the Cold War
Politburo Notes and Memcons Detail Surprising Rise, "New Thinking" Candor, Diplomatic Partnerships, and Sense of Missed Opportunities.

July 22, 2014

Studies by Once Top Secret Government Entity Portrayed Terrible Costs of Nuclear War
After Briefing on Likely Death Tolls, JFK Remarked: "And We Call Ourselves the Human Race."

July 20, 2014

Soldiers, Spies and the Moon: Secret U.S. and Soviet Plans from the 1950s and 1960s
Declassified Documents Reflect the Covert Side of Lunar Programs.

July 8, 2014

Brazil: Torture Techniques Revealed in Declassified U.S. Documents
Dictatorship-Era Records Given by Vice President Biden to President Rousseff.

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