CIA Releases 13 Million Pages of Declassified Documents Online
Millions of declassified documents from the CIA have been released containing information on Aliens, Psychic experiments from the Stargate program, and UFO sightings.
The move came after lengthy efforts from freedom of information advocates and a lawsuit against the CIA. The full archive is made up of almost 800,000 files.
The National Archives in Maryland was the only place to to access these files until now.
The trove includes the papers of Henry Kissinger, who served as secretary of state under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, as well as several hundred thousand pages of intelligence analysis and science research and development.
Dealing with extrasensory perception and psychic powers the stargate program files have been released amongst all the other unusual documents.
Records of testing on celebrity psychic Uri Geller in 1973, when he was already a well-established performer.
Memos detail how Mr Geller was able to partly replicate pictures drawn in another room with varying - but sometimes precise - accuracy, leading the researchers to write that he "demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner".
This drawing is the result of Uri Geller's psychic test. Where he attempted to copy drawings from researchers within the next room. Pretty incredible huh.
While much of the information has been technically publicly available since the mid-1990s, it has been very difficult to access.
The records were only available on four physical computers located in the back of a library at the National Archives in Maryland, between 09:00 and 16:30 each day.
Other documents including recipes for invisible ink such as the picture below were found as well.
A non-profit freedom of information group, MuckRock, sued the CIA to force it to upload the collection, in a process which took more than two years.
At the same time, journalist Mike Best crowd-funded more than $15,000 to visit the archives to print out and then publicly upload the records, one by one, to apply pressure to the CIA.
"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, the CIA announced it would publish the material, and the entire declassified CREST archive is now available on the CIA Library website.
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