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The National Security Archive is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at the George Washington University that collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive is a leading advocate for government openness and the right to know in the United States and around the world.

The National Security Archive is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at the George Washington University that collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive is a leading advocate for government openness and the right to know in the United States and around the world.

Mission: Challenging government secrecy, informing the public debate through access to declassified documents, ensuring government accountability, and defending the right to know in the US and abroad.

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NEW: US Nuclear Weapons in the Netherlands: A First Appraisal- January 1960 Agreement Led to Nuclear Sharing Arrangement...
01/15/2021
US Nuclear Weapons in the Netherlands: A First Appraisal

NEW: US Nuclear Weapons in the Netherlands: A First Appraisal

- January 1960 Agreement Led to Nuclear Sharing Arrangements

- Public Access to Key Historical Records in Doubt after Dutch Courts Affirm Secrecy Regime for U.S. Nukes

The stationing of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe remains a controversial issue on both sides of the Atlantic. One of the less well-known cases involves the Netherlands, which first accepted atomic weapons shortly after the two governments signed a secret stockpile agreement in January 1960. That accord is part of a compilation of declassified documents posted today – most for the first time – by the National Security Archive.

Read the whole story here: https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/nuclear-vault/2021-01-15/us-nuclear-weapons-netherlands-first-appraisal?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=56474f07-f2ea-4f20-8bd4-36bb055941e0

Washington, D.C., January 15, 2021 – The stationing of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe remains a controversial issue on both sides of the Atlantic. One of the less well-known cases involves the Netherlands, which first accepted atomic weapons shortly after the two governments signed a secret stockp...

The Capitol Riot: Documents You Should Read (Part 1)- January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol now the subject of systemat...
01/14/2021
The Capitol Riot: Documents You Should Read (Part 1)

The Capitol Riot: Documents You Should Read (Part 1)

- January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol now the subject of systematic National Security Archive Freedom of Information Act campaign

- First installment of new Document Sourcebook features Pentagon timeline, State Department dissent, Homeland Security warning, FBI alert, and first court indictment

The Pentagon’s timeline of its response to the January 6, 2021 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol features multiple discrepancies with the public record, while the first federal indictment of mob participants details the specific legal charges that likely will be brought against others, according to the documents in the National Security Archive’s first "January 6 Sourcebook" posted today.

The Sourcebook, subtitled “documents you should read,” includes:

* the Dissent Channel message signed by more than 100 State Department employees denouncing the attack as undermining the U.S. promotion of democracy abroad (published by Josh Rogin of the Washington Post in his Twitter feed);

* the Department of Homeland Security threat assessment from October 2020 warning that violent white supremacy was “the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland” (published by Lawfare);

* the federal grand jury indictment of one of the mob members, Mark Leffingwell, citing five different sections of the U.S. Code violated by the mob. (First reported by Josh Gerstein of Politico.)

The January 6 Sourcebook publication marks the beginning of a systematic campaign by the Archive, a champion of the Freedom of Information Act, to use the FOIA to open the documentary record of what the government knew and when, and what the government did and didn’t do and when, about the mob attack on the Capitol. Archive staff have already drafted more than 75 specific, targeted FOIA requests to multiple federal agencies.

Read the rest here: https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book-sourcebook/foia/2021-01-13/capitol-riot-documents-you-should-read-part-1

Washington, D.C., January 13, 2021 - The Pentagon’s timeline of its response to the January 6, 2021 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol features multiple discrepancies with the public record, while the first federal indictment of mob participants details the specific legal charges that likely will be b...

Wondering what to watch next on Netflix? The National Security Archive's Peter Kornbluh takes part in Stanley Nelson's "...
01/12/2021
‘Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy’ Review: An Eye-Opening Look at the Crack Epidemic, a Tragedy That Was Hyped and Exploited

Wondering what to watch next on Netflix? The National Security Archive's Peter Kornbluh takes part in Stanley Nelson's "Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy" - an exploration of the history of crack in the 1980s. Kornbluh uses documentary evidence obtained from the CIA through FOIA to help illuminate the agency's role in the epidemic. More on the movie - which is streaming now - can be found here: https://variety.com/2021/film/reviews/crack-cocaine-corruption-conspiracy-review-stanley-nelson-1234881879/

In the 1980s, the crack epidemic tore through America’s inner cities like a brushfire, and it was a devastating scourge. But it also left a seared trail of media images that were more concocted, si…

New Year, New Transparency Trouble-Spots To Watch out for:This year's inaugural Unredacted blog highlights include:- Tru...
01/07/2021

New Year, New Transparency Trouble-Spots To Watch out for:

This year's inaugural Unredacted blog highlights include:

- Trump's appointment of a real estate lawyer (?!) to the Public Interest Declassification Board,
- A Controlled Unclassified Intelligence Bombshell,
- And a NARA-proposed rule change to electronic records that historians should weigh in on before the comment period ends Feb. 1.

Read the rest here:
https://unredacted.com/2021/01/07/new-year-new-transparency-trouble-spots-to-watch-frinformsum-1-7-2021/

NEW: Cyberspace Solarium Commission Recommendations in the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act- Provisions establish...
12/21/2020
Cyber Brief: Cyberspace Solarium Commission Recommendations in the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act

NEW: Cyberspace Solarium Commission Recommendations in the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act

- Provisions establish the National Cyber Director and Office of the National Cyber Director

- NDAA pushes United States closer to “layered cyber deterrence”

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/news/cyber-vault/2020-12-21/cyberspace-solarium-commission-recommendations-in-fy21-ndaa?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=9c67da3e-51ab-49a9-a0e3-b1d103188bb6

Washington, D.C., December 21, 2020 – With the House and Senate’s passage this month of the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (hereafter referred to as the FY21 NDAA), the Cyber Vault has reviewed the enrolled bill to compare it to the recommenda...

Anastas Mikoyan: Soviet First Responder and Smiling Diplomat- Russian archival records published on 125th anniversary of...
12/18/2020
Anastas Mikoyan: Soviet First Responder and Smiling Diplomat

Anastas Mikoyan: Soviet First Responder and Smiling Diplomat

- Russian archival records published on 125th anniversary of revolutionary-turned-statesman's birth explore extraordinary moments in Soviet history from Stalin and Khrushchev eras

- Leading Bolshevik tells Soviet Central Committee in 1936 they need to learn from America

- Mikoyan’s secret talks with Fidel Castro, Shah Reza Pahlavi, and Dwight Eisenhower, among others, show rarely seen dimensions of Soviet international relations
https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/cuba-russia-programs/2020-12-18/anastas-mikoyan-soviet-first-responder-smiling-diplomat

Washington D.C., December 18, 2020 – Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan was born on November 25, 1895, in Armenia. From a modest background and early revolutionary activity in Armenia he joined the Bolsheviks and eventually became one of the most significant statesmen of the Soviet Union. On the 125th anni...

NEW: U.S. Prosecutions Bring Mexico Corruption into Focus- Documents Detail U.S. Failure to Build “Trustworthy Instituti...
12/09/2020
U.S. Prosecutions Bring Mexico Corruption into Focus

NEW: U.S. Prosecutions Bring Mexico Corruption into Focus
- Documents Detail U.S. Failure to Build “Trustworthy Institutions” in Mexico
- U.S. Sent Paper Shredders to Police Intel Group Same Month Chief Came Under Suspicion for Aiding Cartels

Since 2007, the U.S. government has relied on a small coterie of Mexican officials to implement the Mérida Initiative, a wide-ranging U.S. aid program to fight organized crime and narcotrafficking. Now, some of those same individuals are facing trial in the United States on charges of rampant corruption linking them to drug cartels.

Documents published today by the National Security Archive describe growing internal U.S. warnings about the vital need to properly vet officials involved with the multi-billion-dollar initiative. Instead, some of the most senior and trusted counter-narcotics officers in Mexico appear to have not only raked in millions of dollars in bribes but leaked highly sensitive intelligence to the very drug cartels they were supposed to combat.

The documents, obtained largely through the Freedom of Information Act, are a revealing window into the complexities of managing a major, sensitive U.S. aid program.

Read the rest here: https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/mexico/2020-12-09/us-prosecutions-bring-mexico-corruption-focus

Washington, D.C., December 9, 2020 – Ten years ago, a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico laid bare a profound truth about the Mérida Initiative, a multi-billion-dollar U.S. security assistance package focused on combating organized crime and promoting the rule of law in a country ravaged by na...

NEW: Archive, Historians, and CREW Sue the White House, Seek to Preserve Presidential Records During the TransitionRecor...
12/01/2020
Archive, Historians, CREW Sue White House, Seek to Preserve Presidential Records During the Transition

NEW: Archive, Historians, and CREW Sue the White House, Seek to Preserve Presidential Records During the Transition

Records at risk of a "bonfire in the Rose Garden" from inadequate guidelines and prior transgressions

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/foia/2020-12-01/archive-historians-crew-sue-white-house-seek-preserve-presidential-records-during-transition

Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2020 – The National Security Archive, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the American Historical Association, and the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington today filed suit against President Donald Trump in his official capacity, seek...

National Security Archive director Tom Blanton speaks with 1A about Donald Trump's destruction of his presidential recor...
11/25/2020
Donald Trump's Destruction Of Documents : 1A

National Security Archive director Tom Blanton speaks with 1A about Donald Trump's destruction of his presidential records, what has already been lost and what can be saved, and more about the history and pitfalls of the Presidential Records Act
https://www.npr.org/2020/11/23/938003009/donald-trumps-destruction-of-documents

"Because of the desire to avoid disclosure of information...people have been moving to these commercial messaging systems like Signal...this is really changing the way civil servants and government officials behave," says author Richard Ovendon.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio sta...

Jonathan Pollard: Revisiting a Still Sensitive CaseJonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who plead...
11/24/2020
Jonathan Pollard: Revisiting a Still Sensitive Case

Jonathan Pollard: Revisiting a Still Sensitive Case

Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who pleaded guilty to spying for Israel in 1987, was released from parole this week. Pollard, 66, spent almost three decades in prison before being paroled in 2015 on condition that he could not travel outside the United States, had to submit to a curfew, and wore an electronic monitor. Any company that employed him had to have special government monitoring software on its computer systems.

Pollard’s case was a constant source of tension between the United States and Israel as successive American presidents came under pressure from Israeli leaders and domestic constituencies to reduce or end his sentence. On the other side of the ledger was the U.S. intelligence community, which consistently expressed outrage over the incident. As recently as 2006, Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet threatened to resign if the White House released Pollard.

Today, the National Security Archive is reposting an Electronic Briefing Book on the Pollard case. First published in December 2012 by then-Senior Fellow Jeffrey T. Richelson, it features almost two dozen CIA, Defense Department, and other records on the case, Pollard’s background, the impact of his espionage, and the Israeli intelligence establishment. Among the highlights are a detailed 1987 CIA damage assessment, initially heavily redacted but later substantially restored after an Archive appeal to an interagency panel, and a Defense Intelligence Agency biographic sketch of Pollard’s initial Israeli handler.

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/intelligence/2012-12-14/jonathan-pollard-spy-case-cias-1987-damage-assessment-declassified?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=bac820f2-ef5e-4e1a-9306-9eb202a70196

Washington, D.C., November 24, 2020 – Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who pleaded guilty to spying for Israel in 1987, was released from parole this week. Pollard, 66, spent almost three decades in prison before being paroled in 2015 on condition that he could not trave...

How President-Elect Biden Can Improve FOIA and Bolster the Presidential Records Act Against Future AbuseThe dust is sett...
11/17/2020
How President-Elect Biden Can Improve FOIA and Bolster the Presidential Records Act Against Future Abuse

How President-Elect Biden Can Improve FOIA and Bolster the Presidential Records Act Against Future Abuse

The dust is settling on the 2020 presidential election and the Biden Transition Team - if the General Services Administration will comply - must quickly get to work with the business of assuming control of the government.

The Biden administration faces two simultaneous challenges on the records preservation front: fixing a broken Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) system, and closing the loopholes to the Presidential Records Act (PRA) so they can’t be abused again.

Read our latest posting to see how the Biden administration - using a combination of Day One and sustained action - can meet these challenges and ensure that the FOIA and PRA are the robust, world-wide gold-standard access and preservation laws they have the potential to be.

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/news/foia/2020-11-17/how-president-elect-biden-can-improve-foia-bolster-presidential-records-act-against-future-abuse

Washington D.C., November 17, 2020 - The dust is settling on the 2020 presidential election and the Biden Transition Team - if the General Services Administration will comply - must quickly get to work with the business of assuming control of government. The Biden administration faces two simultaneo...

NEW: Duplicity and Self-Deception: Israel, the United States, and the Dimona Inspections, 1964-65- Henry Kissinger Told ...
11/10/2020
Duplicity and Self-Deception: Israel, the United States, and the Dimona Inspections, 1964-65

NEW: Duplicity and Self-Deception: Israel, the United States, and the Dimona Inspections, 1964-65

- Henry Kissinger Told U.S. Diplomats in 1965 He Believed that “Israel Has Already Embarked on a Nuclear Program”

- Concerned about Israeli Intentions, U.S. Government Officials Pressed for Dimona Inspections

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/nuclear-vault/2020-11-10/duplicity-deception-self-deception-israel-united-states-dimona-inspections-1964-65?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=9721c04d-3e56-4bc1-bc30-c472ad9e9f70

Washington D.C., November 10, 2020 — After Harvard professor Henry Kissinger met with top Israeli officials in January 1965, he told U.S. diplomats at the Embassy in Tel Aviv of his near certainty that Israel had begun a nuclear weapons project, according to a record of the meeting, which has rece...

Allende and Chile: ‘Bring Him Down’- Salvador Allende’s Historic Inauguration 50 Years Later- Declassified White House R...
11/05/2020
Allende and Chile: ‘Bring Him Down’

Allende and Chile: ‘Bring Him Down’

- Salvador Allende’s Historic Inauguration 50 Years Later

- Declassified White House Records Show How Nixon-Kissinger Set Strategy of Destabilization—And Why

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/chile/2020-11-06/allende-inauguration-50th-anniversary

Washington D.C., November 3, 2020 - Several days after Salvador Allende’s history-changing November 3, 1970, inauguration, Richard Nixon convened his National Security Council for a formal meeting on what policy the U.S. should adopt toward Chile’s new Popular Unity government. Only a few offici...

Putin, Clinton, and Presidential Transitions- Highest-level memcons and cables document Putin’s rise to power- Clinton L...
11/02/2020
Putin, Clinton, and Presidential Transitions

Putin, Clinton, and Presidential Transitions
- Highest-level memcons and cables document Putin’s rise to power
- Clinton Library declassifications plus Archive lawsuit open verbatim Clinton-Putin and Clinton-Yeltsin conversations

Declassified highest-level transcripts and diplomatic cables provide new granular detail on the rise to power of Russian President Vladimir Putin 20 years ago, much of it in his own words (as captured by American notetakers) and those of his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, according to the documentary publication today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

The documents demonstrate how American rhetoric about the importance of elections as the essential means for transfer of power gradually subsided during the fall of 1999 into a least-worst-case acceptance of Yeltsin’s unconventional maneuvers for continuity that anointed Putin as his successor and protector.

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/russia-programs/2020-11-02/putin-clinton-transitions

Washington, D.C., November 2, 2020 – Declassified highest-level transcripts and diplomatic cables provide new granular detail on the rise to power of Russian President Vladimir Putin 20 years ago, much of it in his own words (as captured by American notetakers) and those of his predecessor Boris Y...

New Light in a Dark Corner: Evidence on the Diem Coup in South Vietnam, November 1963- JFK Was More Inclined toward Regi...
11/02/2020
New Light in a Dark Corner: Evidence on the Diem Coup in South Vietnam, November 1963

New Light in a Dark Corner: Evidence on the Diem Coup in South Vietnam, November 1963

- JFK Was More Inclined toward Regime Change than Earlier Believed
- Newly Released JFK Tape and President's Intelligence Checklists Fill in Gaps in Record
- South Vietnamese Leader's Notes Published for First Time, Written Hours Before Assassination

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/vietnam/2020-11-01/new-light-dark-corner-evidence-diem-coup-november-1963

Washington, DC, November 1, 2020—President John F. Kennedy was more disposed to support the removal of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem in late 1963 than previously appeared to be the case, according to a recently released White House tape and transcript. The ouster of Diem in a military c...

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