Monday, April 6, 2009

Documents: Inside the CIA's No-So-Public Archives

"In a quiet, fluorescently lit room in the National Archives' auxiliary campus in suburban College Park, Maryland, 10 miles outside of Washington, are four computer terminals, each providing instant access to the more than 10 million pages of documents the CIA has declassified since 1995. There's only one problem: these are the only publicly available computers in the world that do so."

So starts an interesting story by Bruce Falconer in Mother Jones on the CIA's semi-secret horde of declassified archives: "Inside the CIA's (Sort of) Secret Document Stash."

Stephen Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists also writes about the collection at his Secrecy News blog. His post Monday mentions an interesting journal paper in Intelligence and National Security that reviews the documents.

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