Freedom of Information

CIA to Release Documents on Misconduct

The CIA will release hundreds of classified documents next week about illegal conduct beginning in the 1950s and spanning three decades.

The materials document overseas assassination attempts, domestic surveillance, break-ins, theft and civilian experiments, according to the Washington Post. Most of the activities have already been revealed in congressional investigations, but the documents will be more comprehensive.

CIA Director Michael Hayden announced yesterday that the documents have been declassified for release. Journalists and others have spent years seeking them without success under the Freedom of Information Act.

In an address to historians, Hayden said when the government hides information, “myth and misinformation often “fill the vacuum like a gas,” the New York Times reports.

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