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.

Declassified Documents Trace U.S. Policy Shifts on Use of Commercial Satellite Imagery from 1970s to Today

Declassified Documents Trace U.S. Policy Shifts on Use of Commercial Satellite Imagery from 1970s to Today

Lack of Control over Foreign Developments, Desire to Promote American Firms, and Potential Benefits Vied with National Security Concerns.…

The Armageddon Letters

The Armageddon Letters

Telling the Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis From the Perspective of Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro.…

Nuclear Terrorism: How Big a Threat?

Nuclear Terrorism: How Big a Threat?

Is al-Qaeda Trying to Get a Bomb? Documents Trace U.S. Nuclear Counter-Terror Efforts.…

“A Classified Mea Culpa on Iraq”

“A Classified Mea Culpa on Iraq”

CIA Analysis Acknowledges Intelligence Failure on Iraq's WMDs.…

Early Atomic Energy Commission Studies Show Concern Over Gas Centrifuge Proliferation Risk

Early Atomic Energy Commission Studies Show Concern Over Gas Centrifuge Proliferation Risk

U.S. Officials Worried that Unless U.S. and Allies Imposed Classification and Export Controls "Unfriendly" Countries Such as China Could Acquire Gas Centrifuges.…

The Mapiripan Massacre “Cover-Up” – 15 Years Later

The Mapiripan Massacre “Cover-Up” – 15 Years Later

State Department Affirmed Colombian Military Effort to "Cover Up" Involvement in Paramilitary Killings.…

The Central Intelligence Agency’s 9/11 File

The Central Intelligence Agency’s 9/11 File

The National Security Archive today has posted over 100 recently released CIA documents relating to September 11, Osama bin Laden, and U.S. counterterrorism operations.…

Anatoly S. Chernayev Diary, 1972

Anatoly S. Chernayev Diary, 1972

Soviet government official Anatoly Chernyaev records an insider's view of the Brezhnev era.…

CIA Allowed To Sustain Cover-up Of Bay Of Pigs History

CIA Allowed To Sustain Cover-up Of Bay Of Pigs History

Judge denies declassification of final volume of CIA official report on invasion of Cuba.…

Taylor Verdict Milestone for International Justice

Taylor Verdict Milestone for International Justice

Liberian Warlord Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity During Sierra Leone's Civil War. Freedom of Information documents detail Human Rights abuses in Liberia.…

“The FBI’s Most Valued Secret Agents of the Cold War”

“The FBI’s Most Valued Secret Agents of the Cold War”

The SOLO records are an extraordinary new contribution to the history of the FBI and American intelligence.…

The Zelikow Memo: Internal Critique of Bush Torture Memos Declassified

The Zelikow Memo: Internal Critique of Bush Torture Memos Declassified

Document sheds light on disputes over treatment of detainees.…

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