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CIA publishes 12 million declassified files online

by Todd Haselton | January 18, 2017January 18, 2017 7:00 am PDT


The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently published 12 million declassified files, now fully open for anyone to poke around and browse through. The files are available to search using the CIA’s Records Search Tool, known as CREST for short.

According to Engadget, the latest trove available for online search was originally released and available for peeking through, so long as you visited the US National Archives. That’s no longer necessary, just fire up your web browser, head to CREST, and search for whatever you want. You’ll find all sorts of data that’s been declassified over the years. Indeed, each year, the CIA declassifies new documents that are 25 years old. That means the newest information should be from 1992.

The online access is new, the documents aren’t

Launch CREST and search for whatever you want. Engadget says you might even find some UFO documents in there. Most of this stuff is already information that’s been pored through by newspapers and the like, however, so it’s probably all familiar material. It’s just now much easier for you to dig through whenever you want.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...