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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • November 16, 1956

    Proposed Interim Policy Guidance for Free Europe Committee, Draft

    The State Department approves with “comments and recommendations” a November 15, 1956, CIA/International Operations Division draft of revised guidelines for the Free Europe Committee (FEC) with handwritten revisions [presumably by a State official].

  • November 16, 1956

    Proposed Interim Policy Guidance for Free Europe Committee, Second Draft

    Second draft of “Proposed Interim Guidance for FEC” prepared for Allen Dulles to forward [over his disclosed pseudonym] to the FEC.

  • November 19, 1956

    Draft Review of Radio Free Europe Hungarian Broadcasts

    Draft version of a CIA memorandum prepared for the White House on RFE broadcasts during the Hungarian Revolution.

  • November 20, 1956

    CIA Assessment of Radio Free Europe Hungarian Broadcasts

    CIA provides the White House with an early appraisal of RFE broadcasting to Hungary during the Revolution.

  • November 29, 1956

    Radio Free Europe Hungarian Broadcasts Appraised

    Cord Meyer forwards to Allen Dulles, with extensive comment, deputy undersecretary of state Robert Murphy’s review, dated November 26, 1956, of selected RFE Hungarian program scripts. Meyer also forwards a CIA/IOD memorandum on RFE policy and program review procedures.

  • December 03, 1956

    Rethinking the Role of Free Europe Committee and Radio Free Europe

    CIA/International Operations Division routing slips raise questions about an attached Free Europe Committee (FEC) draft dated November 12 on the FEC’s role in the wake of the Hungarian Revolution and note that the FEC [in New York] did not forward to Radio Free Europe Munich certain CIA guidances on broadcast policy.

  • June 07, 1960

    Note from KGB Chairman A. Shelepin to Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Regarding Plan to Discredit CIA Chief Dulles

    Shelepin sets out a plan to discredit CIA chief Allen Dulles.

  • November 03, 1962

    Notes of Conversation between A.I. Mikoyan and Fidel Castro

    Soviet Ambassador to Cuba Alexeev reports on the conversation between Mikoyan and Fidel Castro. The Cuban leader expresses his disappointment that the Cuban leadership was not consulted on the issue of withdrawing Soviet weapons from Cuba and on the Cuban Missile Crisis in general, and emphasizes the negative impact it has had and confusion it has caused on the Cuban people.

  • November 09, 1962

    Cable from the Military Attache of the Chinese Embassy in Iraq, 'Mercenaries Used by United States to Invade Cuba'

    The Chinese Embassy in Iraq passes on information from the Cuban Embassy about forces prepared by the CIA for an invasion of Cuba, claiming they included armed anti-Castro exiles of the Cuban Revolutionary Council as well as a separate group of "special agents committed to sabotage and subversion operations."

  • December 23, 1964

    CIA Meeting with Members of Board of Directors of Free Europe Committee

    FEC directors emphasize their autonomy to CIA officials reviewing “proprietary” CIA projects

  • November 13, 1969

    Stasi Note on Meeting with KGB Officials, 13 November 1969

    Meeting between KGB First Deputy S. K. Zvigun (Tsvigun) and East German Minister for State Security Mielke. They discuss anti-Soviet "ideological subversion" on the part of the United States and other enemies, as well as Soviet dissidents such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov.

  • January 04, 1971

    Materials from Cuba Regarding CIA Special Investigation Equipment

  • May 27, 1971

    Information from Cuba Regarding Former Cuban Officer Arrested as a CIA agent

  • June 24, 1971

    CIA Advises Radio Liberty to Prepare for Liquidation

    Acting CIA Director Cushman advises AMCOMLIB President Sargeant to prepare for liquidation in the absence of Congressional funding action. [A similar letter was sent to the FEC. At the last minute, the Congress approved temporary funding for RFE and RL from the USIA budget]

  • October 29, 1971

    Report by KGB Chairman Andropov on Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    A report from KGB Chairman Andropov to the Central Committee of the CPSU assessing the status of Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe in their “transition” period and measures that might be taken to weaken them. It alleges that RFE and RL are planning subversive actions against the USSR at the Munich Olympics. It credits the Soviet bloc intelligence services with increasing the problems of the Radios. The document indicates timely KGB knowledge of internal RL documents such as the March 15, 1971 revision of the Radio Liberty Policy Manual.

  • September 19, 1972

    CIA Ends All Involvement with Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    A CIA chronology records the end of all financial support to RFE and RL on June 30, 1971, and the end of all supervision and other involvement on March 30, 1972. [Thereafter, funding and oversight were temporarily the responsibility of the Department of State and thereafter until 1995 the responsibility of a new federal body, the Board for International Broadcasting, and subsequently the responsibility of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.]

  • September 15, 1973

    Note on Military Coup in Chile by S.K. Arora, Deputy Secretary, Americas

    Speculates about the CIA's potential role in the coup in Chile.

  • February 13, 1976

    Soviet Bloc Intelligence Services Take Joint Countermeasures against Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    This GDR document is a German translation of the draft Action Program of Countermeasures against RFE and RL which was discussed at a multilateral meeting of Bloc intelligence services (minus Romania) in Prague in February 1976. The Prague meeting was suggested by the Czechoslovak interior ministry but dominated by the Soviet Union. Oleg Kalugin, then in charge of KGB counterintelligence, gave the opening speech (no copy of which could be located). Some of the measures listed in the Action Program, such as disinformation, were implemented. Others, such as a public tribunal to condemn the Radios, were never pursued.

  • April 24, 1980

    Report by the Chairman of the Delegation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the People’s Republic of Poland, Comrade Boguslav Staruha during Soviet Bloc Meeting on Western Radio

    In the statements by the Polish Interior Minister at the Bloc Meeting held on 23 April 1980 to discuss foreign “hostile actions,” including Western radio broadcasting, special attention is given to attempts to form a political opposition in the socialist countries.

  • June 14, 1980

    Information about the USA's Failed Military Operation in Iran

    Detailed report on the failures and proposed outline of an aborted American mission to free hostages held in the American Embassy in Tehran.