James Forsyth

What the CIA was up to during the Cold War

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Next week, the CIA will release its records of its activities up to the end of the 1970s. The Washington Post reports that Michael Hayden, the CIA Director, has confirmed that documents on the CIA’s overseas assassination attempts, domestic spying, kidnapping, infiltration of leftist groups, surveillance of journalists and "unwitting" drugs tests on U.S. civilians are all included in this declassification exercise.

The CIA is, obviously, hoping to win brownie points for transparency. But, I fear, that if anything the CIA is suspected of doing is not included in this document dump it will just be written off as an elaborate cover-up. Anyway, brace yourself for a whole slew of stories on the CIA’s failed attempts to kill Castro.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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