Family Jewels (Central Intelligence Agency)

Family Jewels (Central Intelligence Agency)

Family Jewels (Central Intelligence Agency)

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The Family Jewels is the informal name used to refer to a set of reports that detail activities conducted by the United States Central Intelligence Agency. Considered illegal or inappropriate, these actions were conducted over the span of decades, from the 1950s to the mid-1970s. William Colby, who was the CIA director in the mid-1970s and helped in the compilation of the reports, dubbed them the "skeletons" in the CIA's closet. The non-governmental National Security Archive had filed a FOIA request fifteen years earlier., National Security Archive

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The reports that constitute the CIA's "Family Jewels" were commissioned in 1973 by then CIA director James R. Schlesinger, in response to press accounts of CIA involvement in the Watergate scandal — in particular, support to the burglars, E. Howard Hunt and James McCord, both CIA veterans. The resulting report,...
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