September 12, 2008 |
Grand jury transcripts released Thursday from the biggest espionage case of the Cold War raise questions about whether Ethel Rosenberg was convicted and executed based on perjured prosecution testimony. Rosenberg and her husband, Julius, were convicted of passing nuclear weapons secrets to the Soviet Union and were executed in 1953. Since then, decrypted Soviet cables have appeared to confirm that he was a spy, but doubts have remained about her role. At the Rosenbergs' trial, the key testimony against Ethel Rosenberg came from her brother and sister-in-law, David and Ruth Greenglass.
November 25, 2006 |
Robert M. Gates, President Bush's nominee to lead the Pentagon, advocated a bombing campaign against Nicaragua in 1984 in order to "bring down" the leftist government, according to a declassified memo released by a nonprofit research group. The memo from Gates to his then-boss, CIA Director William J. Casey, was among a selection of declassified documents from the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal posted Friday on the website of the National Security Archive, www.gwu.edu/nsarchiv/.
August 16, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - For decades, it was the U.S. government's Cold War-era secret that hid in plain sight, the 1000-pound elephant in the Nevada desert that Washington continually denied - "What test site?" - and the rest of the country turned into a breeding ground for conspiracy theories. Well, now it's official: Area 51 really does exist. In newly declassified documents, the Central Intelligence Agency is acknowledging the existence of the mysterious war-test site in central Nevada that has captivated listeners on the far ends of the radio dial, spawning endless speculation about UFO landings and top-secret aliens.
March 21, 2010 |
Here's a not-so-tiny tidbit of data that's getting lost in the White House-driven public frenzy over healthcare legislation this month: The White House Democratic administration of Barack Obama, who denounced his presidential predecessor George W. Bush as the most secretive in history, is now denying more Freedom of Information Act requests than the Republican did. Transparency and openness were so important to the new president that on...
April 11, 2010 |
A newly declassified document has added to long-standing questions about whether Henry Kissinger, while secretary of State, halted a U.S. plan to curb a secret program of international assassinations by South American dictators. The document, a set of instructions cabled from Kissinger to his top Latin American deputy, ended efforts by U.S. diplomats to warn the governments of Chile, Uruguay and Argentina against involvement in the covert plan known as Operation Condor, according to Peter Kornbluh, an analyst with the National Security Archive, a private research organization that uncovered the document and made it public Saturday.
March 10, 2006
PRESIDENT VICENTE FOX of Mexico took office in 2000 vowing to finally prosecute officials responsible for the deaths, "disappearing" and torturing of hundreds in that nation's "dirty war" of the 1970s. Victims' families have waited for decades to uncover what happened to their loved ones. Although plenty of new findings have come to light, disappointingly little has been done to prosecute those responsible for the illegal repression.
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June 4, 1988
A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit once again spotlights the Federal Bureau of Investigation's ill-advised "Library Awareness Program," which, despite its benign name, is actually designed to enlist the nation's librarians in the search for suspected Soviet Bloc spies.
February 13, 1993 |
The archivist of the United States, who signed an Inauguration Day agreement that gives former President George Bush extensive control over White House computer tapes, announced Friday that he will run the Bush presidential library center. Don W. Wilson said he will be leaving the National Archives on March 31 to become executive director of the George Bush Center at Texas A&M University. He was hired by Bush's son, George W. Bush, and William H. Mobley, president of Texas A&M, said Rene A.
March 17, 2000 |
Times staff writer Paul Watson has won a 1999 George Polk Award, one of journalism's top honors, for his reporting on the war in Kosovo and his revelations of atrocities committed by both sides. It is the second year in a row that a Times staff writer has won the award for coverage of the Kosovo conflict. And it is the 11th time that The Times has been honored with the prize, established by Long Island University in 1949 in memory of a CBS reporter slain while covering the civil war in Greece.
December 4, 1993 |
The final report by independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh on the Iran-Contra scandal soon will be made public with few if any deletions, a federal appeals court said Friday. "The court not only considers it appropriate but in the public interest that as full a disclosure as possible be made of the final report of the independent counsel," the special three-judge panel said. "The possibility exists," the court added, that federal law or court rules "may require limited deletions."