CIA Puts Up 12 Million Declassified Documents Online

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The Central Intelligence Agency of USA has put up 12 million pages of 930,000 declassified documents online on its website which can now be read by anyone across the globe. These documents include files related to the Cold War, Operation Star Gate and more.

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The government intelligence agency was directed to disclose historical records — dating 25 years or older — of CIA’s activities to the public by Bill Clinton in 1995. The agency didn’t follow the orders until 2000 when they were made available at College Park, Maryland.

The CIA Records Search Tool (CREST) was previously only accessible via a set of computers at National Archives Records Administration in College Park, Maryland between the time of 9 am to 4:30 pm, in person, while their website only had about 250,000 pages of the records.

The declassified documents include CIA’s early history, the Berlin Tunnel project, details regarding the Vietnam, Korean and Cold War as well as the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, among other documents which talk about issues such as terrorism and records on the worldwide military and also UFO sightings.

“Access to this historically significant collection is no longer limited by geography. The American public can access these documents from the comfort of their homes,” said Joseph Lambert, the CIA Director of Information Management.

CIA Headquarters, Langley
CIA Headquarters, Langley

The CREST records also include scientific abstracts, ground photo descriptions, foreign translations as well as special collections like Star Gate which studied human telepathy and Henry Kissinger Library of Congress files.

In addition to the aforementioned, the declassified documents also have files related to detention and interrogation techniques used by the CIA as well as a peek into controversial projects like MK Ultra, which details CIA’s mind-controlling experiments on human subjects.

Earlier in 2014, the CIA had deferred sharing the documents pointing out that it’ll take at least six years and $108,000 financial burden to be able to share 1200 discs containing the information, which has now been readily available on their website.

It will be of little or no surprise if the CIA have redacted sensitive information that they feel might not be in their best interest for the public to get their hands on.

But the long-term efforts of researchers, journalists and academicians have bore result after all as the files have finally been made available to the public via the internet.

If nothing else, the declassified documents will surely make up for a good read with topics such as UFO sightings, Star Gate as well as MK Ultra, among others.

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