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Judge Rejects Declassification Of CIA Volume On Bay of Pigs

May 15, 2012 By Staff

Top Story — A U.S. federal judge rejected an effort by the National Security Archive to declassify the CIA’s fifth and final volume on the history of the U.S. Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. The volume, the last in the CIA’s Official History of the Bay of Pigs, was written over three decades ago and details the CIA’s internal investigation of the failed Bay of Pigs operation in April 1961, in which the U.S. unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba. Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that the volume was exempt from the Freedom of Information Act under “deliberative process privilege”. According to the CIA, the volume is a draft that was rejected by the CIA’s chief historian for inaccuracies, and could have a “chilling effect” on current CIA historians. The National Security Archive, an independent organization that seeks to declassify government documents, said that the CIA had already declassified the previous volumes on the Bay of Pigs.

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