CIA Declassifies Trove of Cold War-Era Intelligence Memos

JFK and LBJ Declassified Memos

Roughly 19,000 pages of newly declassified CIA documents from the Cold War were released Wednesday, making public for the first time some of the oldest intelligence briefs starting with those written in the 1960s for presidents Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Stamped "For the President's Eyes Only" on some pages, the dossiers were delivered daily by the spy agency to the White House.

Known as the President's Daily Brief — President Barack Obama is the first to swipe through his on a tablet — they are tightly guarded rundowns of CIA intelligence from around the globe.  

The memos reveal the real-time intelligence that shaped pivotal decisions made in the Oval Office after the Bay of Pigs and through Vietnam.

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