Published On:January 19, 2017, 10:56 am
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has released approximately 13 million formerly classified documents online for the very first time. These documents were earlier physically accessible only form four computer terminals present at Maryland’s National Archives in College Park.
The documents were transferred and uploaded post prolonged struggles from freedom of information, advocates and litigation against the CIA.
Also, those documents put some light on the agency’s activities all through Korean, Vietnam and Cold war conflicts. Furthermore, it also comprises of documents related to proposed UFO sightings and the organization’s ‘Star Gate’ program probing the potential psychic capabilities and what could possibly done with them.
Overall the records include research papers, intelligence briefings, UFO sightings and psychic experiments. The entire archive is composed ofnearly 800,000 files along with 13 million pages.
The CIA’s information management director stated in a press release, "Access to this historically significant collection is no longer limited by geography."
The documents consists of Henry Kissinger’s papers, he who works as secretary of state under presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, along with numerous hundred thousand pages of science research and intelligence analysis and development.
Midst the more uncommon records are documents from the alleged Stargateprogramme that apportioned with extrasensory perception and cognitive powers.
The records also had the testing done on celebrity psychic Uri Geller in 1973, when he was already a flourished performer.
Since most of the data has been technically available for the public since the mid-90s, it has been quite difficulty to access.Every day, those records were available from the physical computers which were in the library between 09.00 and 16.30 every day.
MuckRock, which is a nonprofitmaking freedom of information group, prosecuted the CIA to force it to upload the collection, in a progression that took more than two years.
Simultaneously, journalist Mike Best crowd funded more than $15,000 in order to visit the collection of records to print out and then upload the documented records publicly, one after the other, to put immense pressure on the CIA.
Best wrote in one of his blogs, "By printing out and scanning the documents at CIA expense, I was able to begin making them freely available to the public and to give the agency a financial incentive to simply put the database online."
In November 2016, the CIA declared that it will be publishing the material, and the entire declassified CREST archive is now available on the CIA library website.
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