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Digital National Security Archive (DNSA): CIA Family Jewels Indexed

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Among the most controversial documents ever compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency, the "Family Jewels" represents the CIA's own accounting, in 1973, of activities it had engaged in from its founding in 1947 that were outside its charter, and hence illegal. Totalling 703 pages and consisting of summary reports and supporting documents sent from CIA directorates and divisions to the agency's chief, the "Family Jewels" contains chilling references to CIA contacts with the Mafia, assassination plots, detentions and interrogations, surveillance of prominent journalists and the antiwar movement in the U.S., penetrations of other federal agencies, a break-in at the Chilean embassy, support for White House political activities, responses to the leak of the Pentagon Papers, and much more. The National Security Archive obtained this unique document set under the Freedom of Information Act - 15 years after filing its initial request.