National Security Archive

Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents (“the world’s largest nongovernmental collection” according to the Los Angeles Times), leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets.

The 1983 War Scare Declassified and For Real

The 1983 War Scare Declassified and For Real

All-Source Intelligence Report finds US-Soviet Nuclear Relations on "Hair Trigger" in 1983…

Prelude to Iguala: “Heavy-handed police tactics” used against Ayotzinapa students in 2011

Prelude to Iguala: “Heavy-handed police tactics” used against Ayotzinapa students in 2011

U.S. Ambassador Wayne said state was "blaming victims" and "denying any responsibility"…

Iran’s Nuclear Program – Then and Now

Iran’s Nuclear Program – Then and Now

Documents from 1970s Presage Issues Surrounding July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Deal with P5+1…

The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 25th Anniversary

The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 25th Anniversary

Documents show accident and contingency, anxiety in world capitals.…

Tiananmen at 25 Years

Tiananmen at 25 Years

Chinese Military Was Split over Bloody Suppression of 1989 Student Protests, DIA Reported…

CIA Successfully Conceals Bay of Pigs History

CIA Successfully Conceals Bay of Pigs History

D.C. Circuit split decision rules CIA Draft History can be kept secret indefinitely.…

The Rwanda “Genocide Fax”: What We Know Now

The Rwanda “Genocide Fax”: What We Know Now

New documentation paints complex picture of informant and his warnings…

Kissinger and Chile: The Declassified Record On Regime Change

Kissinger and Chile: The Declassified Record On Regime Change

Kissinger pressed Nixon to overthrow the democratically elected Allende government because his "'model' effect can be insidious," documents show…

Reading the North Korean Tea Leaves: The Perpetual Struggle to Fathom Pyongyang’s Motives and Goals

Reading the North Korean Tea Leaves: The Perpetual Struggle to Fathom Pyongyang’s Motives and Goals

"Brinkmanship" Seen As a "Mainstay of the North's Negotiating Repertoire," Say State Department Records…

The Iraq War Ten Years After

The Iraq War Ten Years After

Declassified Documents Show Failed Intelligence, Policy Ad Hockery, Propaganda-Driven Decisionmaking.…

Justice Department: Worst Open Government Performance in 2012

Justice Department: Worst Open Government Performance in 2012

The Prize Memorializes President Nixon's Secretary Who Erased Watergate Tapes…

Space-Based Early Warning: From MIDAS to DSP to SBIRS

Space-Based Early Warning: From MIDAS to DSP to SBIRS

Cold-War DSP System is now in the process of transition to SBIRS. First SBIRS GEO Scheduled to become operational in January 2013.…

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