The CIA received tentative approval from the National Archives and Records Administration to destroy files that allegedly have no historical significance. There are serious questions that some of the files slated for destruction are of historical importance. For example, the CIA is planning on proposing some files pertaining to leak investigations.
Defending Rights & Dissent joined the National Security Archives, OpenTheGoverment, and Demand Progress in submitting comments opposing the planned destruction. We warn, “the proposal could be interpreted to allow the destruction of crucial documentary evidence of the CIA’s activities.”
This is not an entirely hypothetical fear. For example,
This June, the Department of State released its long-awaited Foreign Relations of the United States documentary history of the 1953 Iranian Coup. As an example of the CIA’s handling of historical files, key portions are missing, due to the CIA’s destruction of records resulting from insufficient oversight by NARA.
We were not the only ones to express concern over the proposal.
The CIA plans to destroy the records of its investigations into journalism it didn’t like. https://t.co/bLoNPnn2SS
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) July 18, 2017
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