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JFK Files: Cuban Intelligence Was in Contact With Oswald, Praised His Shooting Ability
October 27, 2017

Here are the 10 most revealing highlights from the 2,800 newly declassified JFK assassination files. Read More

What Are the Biggest Revelations in the Declassified JFK Assassination Files?
October 26, 2017

Will the JFK files shed new light on the 1963 killing—or launch new conspiracy theories? Read More

Pigeon Cameras and Other CIA Cold War Spy Gear
September 18, 2017

At the CIA, tools of the espionage trade have ranged from to clothing cameras to dragonfly drones. Read More

The CIA at 70: How Going Undercover Has Gotten Harder
September 17, 2017

It's never been easy for CIA spies to operate under a fake identity. It's even harder in the era of Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. Read More

This Man Helped Thwart the Biggest Terror Attack That Almost Happened
September 11, 2017

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Government Terrorist Trackers Before 9/11: Higher Ups Wouldn’t Listen
August 30, 2017

Before 9/11, only a few dedicated law-enforcement and intelligence agents understood the enormity of the terrorists' ambitions. And they had a hard time convincing their bosses. Read More

How Watergate Changed America’s Intelligence Laws
March 7, 2017

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was designed to prevent secret surveillance by the president and others. Read More

OSS: The Predecessor of the CIA
October 28, 2016

Some 13,000 men and women worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the U.S. intelligence agency during World War II and the forerunner of the modern CIA. Read More

CIA Used “Dr. Zhivago” as Cold War Weapon
April 7, 2014

Recently declassified Cold War-era documents reveal how the Central Intelligence Agency used the epic novel “Dr. Zhivago” as a tool to undermine the Soviet Union. Read More

CIA Declassifies Invisible Ink Recipes and Other Spy Documents From World War I
April 20, 2011

The CIA has declassified World War I-era documents that contain invisible ink formulas, instructions for steaming open envelopes and other spying techniques. Read More