October 7, 2009 |
Recently released CIA files from the mid-1960s show Cuban exile and suspected terrorist Luis Posada Carriles informed on violent Miami-based efforts to attack Fidel Castro's fledgling Cuban government even as he was deeply involved in helping them. In the files, the CIA also appeared confident that Posada was a moderate who would not embarrass the agency or the United States. "A15 is not a typical kind of 'boom and bang' individual. He is acutely aware of the international implications of ill-planned or overly enthusiastic activities against Cuba," Posada's CIA handler, Grover T. Lythcott, wrote in a July 26, 1966, memo, using a code name for the Cuban exile.
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.
June 22, 2007 |
The CIA will declassify hundreds of pages of long-secret records detailing some of the intelligence agency's worst illegal abuses -- the so-called "family jewels" documenting overseas assassination attempts, domestic spying, kidnapping and infiltration of leftist groups from the 1950s to the 1970s, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said Thursday.
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...
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.