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  • November 23, 1960

    International Operations Division, Management Turmoil at Radio Free Europe

    The IOD officer responsible for RFE informs Cord Meyer of the turmoil in the RFE Czechoslovak Service. He opines that resignation of the RFE Munich leadership [European Director Erik Hazelhoff and his deputies David Penn and Charles J. McNeill] “would be an extremely healthy thing.”

  • June 20, 1961

    Free Europe Committee Proposal to Exploit Berlin Crisis

    FEC Directors C. D. Jackson and Whitney Debevoise discuss with State Department officials their ideas on using RFE to pressure the Soviets during the Berlin Crisis

  • June 01, 1962

    Prague Embassy Views of Radio Free Europe

    In Dispatch No. 743, the Prague Embassy views RFE as “doing a job of good quality” but offers suggestions for improving the broadcasts

  • June 07, 1962

    Warsaw Embassy Appraisal of Current Broadcasting to Poland by Radio Free Europe

    In Dispatch No. 466, the Warsaw Embassy views RFE as “doing an effective job” in broadcasting to Poland

  • October 01, 1963

    Report to Hungarian Politburo on Jamming of Western Radio

    This report prepared for the Hungarian Politburo in 1963 concluded that current jamming efforts were ineffective. It provided two options for the Politburo: to maintain and redirect jamming, focusing it on RFE, or to end it entirely.

  • October 23, 1963

    Soviet Ambassador Dorynin on Radio Liberty

    Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson reports Anatoly Dobrynin’s denunciation of Radio Liberty (and other “subversive” radios) while noting the Soviet Union had stopped jamming Voice of America Russian.

  • December 06, 1963

    Radio Liberty Broadcasting Policy

    Revised guidelines (updating previous Gray Broadcasting policy) for RL broadcasting policy approved by the Committee for Radio Broadcasting Policy.

  • June 19, 1964

    Prague Embassy Praises Radio Free Europe

    In Airgram 556, the Prague Embassy again commends RFE but suggests further improvements in its broadcasts

  • February 05, 1966

    Letter from Main Political Administration of the Polish Army to the Interior Minister on 'Hostile Radio Propaganda'

    A letter from the chief of the Polish Army Main Political Administration to the Interior Minister transmits an analysis of hostile radio propaganda prepared in the MPA for the purpose of countering "enemy propaganda" in the armed forces.

  • April 28, 1966

    Report of the Panel on US Government Radio Broadcasting to the Communist Bloc

    Panel commissioned by the White House and comprised of Zbigniew Brzezinski, William E. Griffith, John S. Hays, and Richard S. Salant recommends continuation of RFE and RL as covertly funded objective news services, along with VOA and RIAS, discontinuation of public solicitation of private financial donations to RFE, and (Hays dissenting) establishing a Radio Free China

  • September 08, 1966

    CIA Submittal to 303 Committee, Reaffirmation of Existing Policy on Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    CIA proposes adoption of the findings of the Panel on US Government Broadcasting to the Communist Bloc pertaining to RFE and RL but urges continued solicitation of private corporate donations by the RFE Fund [successor to the Crusade for Freedom]

  • November 26, 1966

    Gosteleradio Review of Western Radio Propaganda, 'Anti-Communism is the main weapon of imperialist radio propaganda in the Russian language'

    This lengthy review of foreign radio propaganda by Y. Novikov, an official of the USSR Gosteleradio [State Television and Radio] Guidance Department, pays particular attention to what it sees as Western broadcasters’ attempts to discredit Marxism-Leninism and Communist economics, as well as the notion of convergence between capitalism and Communism.

  • April 14, 1967

    Gosteleradio Memo to CPSU Central Committee, 'Ideological Subversion on the Airwaves of Foreign Radio Stations Broadcasting in the Russian language'

    This memo from N. Mesyatsev, Chairman, Broadcast and Television Committee, Council of Ministers, analyzes Western radio “propaganda” and credits Western broadcasts with being “an effective tool of ideological intervention.” The document notes that the broadcasts pay attention to Soviet dissidents, and mentions their use of humor and Western music.

  • April 18, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.76137, TOP SECRET, April 18, 1967

    The remarks of a Vietnamese diplomat on the incidents between South and North Korea, who explains that the South and North exploit tensions for their own political agendas.

  • September 08, 1967

    Report of Radio Study Group on the Future of Radio Free Europe (RFE) and Radio Liberty (RL)

    An inter-agency Radio Study Group reviews options for RFE and RL in the wake of publicity about CIA funding. It recommends (the Bureau of the Budget representative dissenting) that CIA funding continue but that US government support be acknowledged

  • 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.

  • December 29, 1969

    Nixon Approves Continuation of Radio Liberty

    Kissinger recommends that RL funding be reinstated for Fiscal Year 1971. President Nixon approves Kissinger’s recommendation.

  • 1970

    Briefing Book on Radio Liberty Committee

    CIA reviews RL history in a briefing book (extract)

  • October 14, 1970

    Valtin-Brandt Discussion of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    CIA official Fred Valtin provides a detailed report on his discussion of RFE and RL with German Chancellor Willy Brandt.

  • January 21, 1971

    Warsaw Embassy Criticism of Radio Free Europe

    In Warsaw Embassy Dispatch No. 192, Ambassador Walter Stoessel criticizes RFE’s abusive personal characterizations of individual Polish leaders