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Digital National Security Archive (DNSA): CIA Covert Operations III: From Kennedy to Nixon, 1961-1974

About this Collection

CIA Covert Operations III: From Kennedy to Nixon, 1961-1974

The third in the National Security Archive's unparalleled series of primary source compilations on the CIA's clandestine side, curated by Pulitzer-nominated author John Prados, takes the story from the epic disaster of the Bay of Pigs through a series of little-known or under-explored covert activities in Cuba (including the Mongoose operation, which is documented in rich detail), British Guiana, Bolivia, Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, Iraq (the Kurds) and more. The material spans topics from first-hand reporting on Che Guevara as he uttered his dying words in Bolivia, to the CIA seeking approval for money to bribe African dictator Jean-Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic. This set will also provide unprecedented coverage of deliberations of the CIA’s high command, ranging from minutes of the "Special Group" that approved covert operations, to CIA directors' daily staff meetings, to the notes of meetings with presidents Kennedy and Johnson made by CIA Director John McCone.

Research Value of This Collection

The CIA Covert Operations project originated with the realization that there exists no single source in which an interested reader or researcher could access the most relevant material with respect to the full spectrum of subjects important to the study of these activities. The reasons for this are varied. Many documents reside in secret government vaults or are scattered among distant repositories; they are of different types and thus held in groupings unrelated to each other; or they are typically treated in isolation by virtue of being seen as pertaining to different geographic areas and not to the functional subject of covert operations.

Collection Content

Origin of Documents                                                                              

Central Intelligence Agency                                                     1128
Department of State                                                                 430
National Security Council Staff                                                 327
White House                                                                              179
Other U.S. Intelligence Organizations                                       130
Department of Defense                                                                89
Other U.S. Agencies                                                                    64
Non-governmental Organizations                        30
Non-U.S. Origins                                                                          27
U.S. Congress                                                                            


(Some documents have multiple origins.)