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CIA Gives Up Its Darkest Secrets

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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After 30 years festering in CIA archives and 15 years after a Freedom of Information Act request, the CIA has finally revealed its "Family Jewels."

The 702-page document showcases the misdeeds of the CIA at a time when its chicanery was particularly egregious: the 1950s to 1973. Skeletons now out of the closet include the confinement of a Russian defector, wiretappings, break-ins, civilian drug testing, surveillance of a Washington Post reporter, mail tampering, and forged documents. The report was compiled in '73, when the director of Central Intelligence sat down with sweaty palmed employees and asked them to report anything they thought was inconsistent with the Agency's charter.

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It's almost better than the classic "Cranks, Nuts, and Screwballs," which suggests tactics in dealing with people who call as volunteer hypnotists or to offer help disposing of bodies in home meat grinders.

A closer glimpse at one of the many dramas in the "Family Jewels" after the jump ...

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