A former military intelligence officer who worked for the United States in the 1980s told Bloomberg News that he has uncovered a series of grave errors in a book on the world’s oldest military spy agency that has been classified as secret.
It is an extraordinary document that shows how the U.S. government systematically suppressed information from the CIA and other intelligence agencies, according to Edward Snowden, who has been living in exile since he leaked details about National Security Agency spying to journalists.
The document, which was released by The Intercept, documents a series in which the CIA was the source of information on Cuba, Iran and the Middle East, said the former CIA officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
The Intercept obtained the document through a Freedom of Information Act request, and published it online Monday.
In the document, titled “Facing History,” a CIA veteran is shown reading aloud a section from an internal memo that was compiled by a CIA officer during the 1980-1989 period when the CIA maintained its clandestine operations against the Soviet Union.
The memo reads, “In 1983, the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev gave his signature to the Joint Chiefs of Staff decision to create the KGB and to eliminate the U,S.
intelligence services as a threat to the Soviet system.”
The former CIA veteran also read aloud a summary of the internal CIA review of the Cuban Missile Crisis that included a section titled, “Cuban Missile Crisis: A Soviet Perspective.”
It read, “It was the Soviet leadership, which had long been aware of the U’s capability to defend itself against any external threat, that felt that its security interests were so directly tied to the defense of the Soviet people, its defense of its borders and its defense against external threats that it needed to have a more complete picture of the capabilities and capabilities of the United Soviet.”
Former CIA officer: We’ve never had a Cold War that was really open to our intelligence agencies”The former officer also wrote, “The U.N. Security Council had a veto power over the Cuban missile crisis and the USSR was a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
In order for the USSR to be willing to share with the US. a more comprehensive picture of its capability to protect its borders, to defend its territory, and to defend against external challenges, the USSR had to agree to a resolution that would allow the United Kingdom to unilaterally withdraw from the United Nations and to withdraw from NATO, which it did in 1973.
“”That was the Cold War,” the former officer said.
Former U.K. ambassador: ‘It’s about time we got this declassified’The former intelligence officer said the document shows the CIA knew about the existence of Cuban missiles before they were even identified.
The documents are titled “Bare Bones,” which means a CIA analyst could make the conclusions that the agency has made in the past.
The former intelligence man said the CIA has always been honest with the public.”
We have been in denial about our capabilities and our capabilities of how to defend our borders and our territories. “
The truth is, we’ve never been that transparent, or that honest, with the American public about our assessments of our own capabilities.
We have been in denial about our capabilities and our capabilities of how to defend our borders and our territories.
We’ve been unwilling to share that information with the people.”