The Bolton Book Battle

19 June 2020 — The National Security Archive

  • Trump Cites National Security Secrets to Block Bolton’s Book – Don’t Believe It
  • National Security Archive Posts Documents Showing Government Secrecy Claims Often Exaggerated in Prepublication Reviews
  • From Bolton in 2020 to Retired CIA Operative Kermit Roosevelt in the 1970s, Prepublication Review Has Plagued Memoirs of Former Officials

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New Evidence on Clinton Administration Negotiations with North Korea

17 June 2020 — The National Security Archive

Declassified Records Describe U.S. and South Korean Shifting Views of the North

  • Kim Young Sam: “I would not trust North Korea despite an agreement”
  • Kim Dae Jung: “If they don’t change, they simply have no future”
  • Albright went from seeing Kim Jong Il as “strange, moody and hypersensitive” to “practical, pragmatic, decisive, and non-ideological”

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The Walter Rodney Murder Mystery in Guyana 40 Years Later

13 June 2020 — National Security Archive

Documents Chart U.S. Embassy’s Effort to Answer Questions About the 1980 Death of an Acclaimed Scholar and Political Activist

Walter rodney

Washington, D.C., June 13, 1980 – The U.S. Embassy in Guyana in 1980 had strong evidence to believe that the death of internationally-known historian and activist Walter Rodney in the capital of Georgetown was a political assassination, according to declassified documents obtained and posted today for the first time by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University.

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The Washington/Camp David Summit 30 Years Ago

3 June 2020 — National Security Archive

Gorby bush

Soviet leader receives ceremony and symbolic trade deal, not economic aid or arms cuts

Soviet and U.S. documents detail Gorbachev and Bush discussions on Germany, future of Europe, regional hot spots, and Moscow’s economic crisis

Award-winning Last Superpower Summits book forthcoming in paperback 

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False Warnings of Soviet Missile Attacks Put U.S. Forces on Alert

16 March 2020 — National Security Archive

Command post for all NORAD operations

Eight Minutes After Warning Screens Showed 1,400 Soviet ICBMS Approaching North America, on 9 November 1979, NORAD Concluded “Attack Was Underway”

William Odom on 3 June 1980 Pentagon Missile Warning Conference Call: “I Monitored the Call Last Night – Eerie”

After 3 Incidents in May and June, Secretary of Defense Brown Advised President Carter that “I Consider the Situation To Be Very Serious”

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The CIA’s ‘Minerva’ Secret

11 February 2020 — National Security Archive

Operation Condor Countries Used Crypto AG Devices Without Realizing the CIA Owned the Company, National Security Archive Documents Reveal

Encryption revelations raise questions about U.S. official knowledge of Argentina “dirty war” atrocities, Chile’s Letelier assassination, Southern Cone military dictatorships

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Starting to Crack a Hard Target: U.S. Intelligence Efforts Against the Soviet Missile Program through 1957

5 February 2020 — National Security Archive

U.S. Learned of the First ICBM Test from a Soviet Press Release and the Second from a Remark Made to a French Politician 

Unaware of Sputnik I and II until They Were in Orbit

Washington, D.C., February 5, 2020 – In the eyes of U.S. intelligence and the military services, the greatest threat to American national security during the early Cold War was the emerging Soviet missile program with its ability to deliver nuclear weapons to targets across the United States.  Before the era of satellite surveillance, the U.S. scrambled to develop ever more effective intelligence-gathering methods, notably the U-2 spy plane, spurred on by having missed practically every important Soviet breakthrough of the time – including the first intercontinental ballistic missile tests and the world-changing Sputnik launches.

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NSA: Documenting Iran-U.S. Relations, 1978-2015

20 December 2019 — National Security Archive

Every U.S. President Tried – at Some Point and for Different Reasons – to Engage with Iran

New Digital National Security Archive Collection of 14,000 pages Covers the 1978-79 Revolution to the 2015 Nuclear Deal (JCPOA)

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 692

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1979 Iran Hostage Crisis Recalled

4 November 2019 — National Security Archive

Tehran Embassy Takeover Launched 444-Day Saga with Long-Standing Implications for Iran, United States, and Global Politics

Documents Show Brzezinski Proposed Considering Replacement of Khomeini or Even Direct Intervention, but Carter Declined

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 689

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Nuclear Weapons and Turkey Since 1959

30 October 2019 — National Security Archive

Members of Congress Worried in 1960 That Leaders of a Coup “Might Seize Control” of Weapons

Other U.S. Officials Feared Risks of Accidental War or Overreaction to Local Crises

During Mid-1960s Turkish Officials Were Interested in Producing an “Atomic Bomb”

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 688

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The Vela Flash: Forty Years Ago

22 September 2019 — National Security Archive

Controversy Hovers over Possible Nuclear Signal Detected in South Atlantic in 1979; Israeli or South African Origin Suspected by Some Experts – and President Carter

CIA Saw “Probability of a Nuclear Test as 90% Plus,” According to Newly Posted Document

Additional Evidence Casts Doubts on White House Science Advisers’ Dismissal of Possibility of a Nuclear Test

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