FOIA Request Unveils Secret CIA-Produced Documentary About CIA Agents Captured & Held In China For Decades

from the what's-the-copyright-status? dept

This is fascinating. Apparently, a US plane with CIA agents on board flew into China in 1952, trying to recover a spy in that country. However, the plane went down, and the Chinese captured the two CIA agents who survived the crash… and then kept them until 1971 and 1973. That, in itself, is an interesting story. But making it even more interesting is that the CIA had a professional documentary made about the story (including reenactments), intended for internal audiences within the CIA. Yet, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press, the CIA is now planning to release the entire (short) movie on YouTube. Of course, as a work created by the government, it should be in the public domain, though I’m curious to see if that’s officially acknowledged anywhere.

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Wolfy says:

“The Puzzle Palace” was written by James Bamford with documents that became declassified by internal criteria. It’s a very interesting look into the world of TS/SCI. This book was singlehandedly responsible for a whole new classification scheme that almost ensures that any document, once classified, will never become declassified in the future.

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