The CIA published 12 millions of pages of documents online. The thing is: those documents were classified. As their web page states: The automatic declassification provisions of Executive Order 13526 require the declassification of non-exempt historically valuable records 25-years-old or older. They have published the EO in April 1995 and via amendment established 31 December 2006 as the first major deadline for automatic declassification under the “25-year program.” By that date, agencies were to have completed the review of all hardcopy documents determined to contain exclusively their enquiries. For CIA, the 2006 deadline covered the span of relevant documents originally dating from the establishment of the CIA after WWII through 1981.
Did you know that the CIA supported covert publishing programs? Those programs involved distributing banned books and other materials to intellectuals in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. One of their projects in this manner was the publication of the world-renowned Doctor Zhivago. They have banned Doctor Zhivago in the Soviet Union. As a feminist, I tend to look for materials on feminism in every possible registry I can. And yes, the answer is: the CIA has a lot to share on feminism.
There is so much material to explore. It’s impossible to highlight just a fragment of it. This is your opportunity to finally read about UFOs without getting caught in conspiracy theories. The requirement to automatically declassify records 25-years-old or older “rolls” forward one year at the time. This means that this gift will just keep on giving every January!
It’s possible to read everything from the reports on Communist activity worldwide to the evolution of the secret writings and invisible ink. If you’re a complete history geek and wish to know everything about everyone, this is the place to be.