After this surge of publicity that questions the Agency’s integrity, the media itself soon begins to question the veracity of the original story. A completely one-sided media campaign is averted, and reporting on the issue becomes polarized rather than wholly anti-CIA. By one count, press stories skeptical of the charges against CIA actually begin to outnumber those giving the story credence. A review of the CIA drug conspiracy story — from its inception in August 1996 with the San Jose Mercury-News stories — shows that a ground base of already productive relations with journalists and an effective response by the Director of Central Intelligence’s (DCI) Public Affairs Staff helped prevent this story from becoming an unmitigated disaster.
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See: CIA Puts 249 Declassified “Studies in Intelligence” (In-house periodical) Articles Online for more info and Dox

Matthew Aid, who brought this FOIA Dox Dump to my attention summarizes some of them at his Tumblr.
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matthewaid:

September 18, 2014

As part of a settlement agreement with former CIA employee Jeffrey Scudder, the CIA has, albeit very reluctantly, placed online 249 declassified or unclassified articles from its in-house periodical Studies in Intelligence. For those wishing to view the newly declassified articles, click here.

As you will see by scanning the newly released materials, the CIA’s censors redacted large portions of many of the articles. In two where I already have the complete and unredacted versions of the articles, I can tell you that most of what the CIA deleted from the articles was not sensitive in any way, shape or form; or had already been declassified either by the CIA or by other agencies of the US intelligence community.

This is a typical case of the left-hand not knowing what the right-hand is doing, and just further demonstrates that the CIA’s FOIA system is urgently in need of a major overhaul. It must be more than slightly embarrassing for CIA officials to realize that some outside researchers have a better handle on what has already been declassified than they do,

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"By orchestrating a coup in Kiev in February of this year, American strategists were gambling on the seizure of Crimea, home to the Black Sea Fleet. Sevastopol in NATO hands would have drastically curtailed Russian influence in the Eastern Mediterranean while ensuring Russian vulnerability to US missile defense and first strike assets. Moscow’s hold on the North Caucasus (and even the Volga Basin) would also inevitably come under challenge, given Washington’s history of generating chaos through webs of foundations and aid agencies. Due to Putin’s quick action, instead of evicting the Kremlin from Crimea, the State Department and CIA unwittingly played catalyst to the peninsula’s reunion with its historical motherland. This bloodless victory constituted an intolerable affront to the vanity of America’s policy elites, sending their demonization campaign into overdrive…"

Mark Hackard, Springtime for Russophobia, Oriental Review

With its roots in the Great Game of espionage and intrigue between Victorian subalterns and the Tsar’s Cossacks in Central Asia, a systemic antipathy to Russia as such only took root in America from the time it assumed Britain’s imperial mantle at the dawn of the Cold War. The hostility, of course, has been mutual…

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McClatchy: ‘The Syrian FSA ‘rebels’ report (directly) to the CIA’ which is easy because “The leadership of the FSA is American.”.

Allegedly “Tense relations between U.S. and anti-Assad Syrian rebels" according to McClatchy, which also highlights a Free Syrian Army marketing/propaganda pic. Amazing how this person clambered up a dirt hill without getting a speck of it on his nice black shirt. The CIA should give this guy a raise… However magnification of the published photo also shows nearly new sneakers received in lieu of American dollars b/c “Tenseness”, or perhaps the ‘tension derives from the CIA being slow to pay them American Dollars as they were with Iraq’s Sunni Militias a few years ago.Since December, when Islamist fighters overran the arms warehouses of the moderate rebel group. the covert U.S. program has been working directly with individual commanders, leaving the leadership structure here high and dry. Some 12 to 14 commanders receive military and non-lethal aid this way in northern Syria and some 60 smaller groups are recipients in southern Syria, al Bashir said. They report to the CIA.

“The leadership of the FSA is American,” says the veteran officer, who defected from the Syrian army two years ago … MORE

McClatchy: ‘The Syrian FSA ‘rebels’ report (directly) to the CIA’ which is easy because “The leadership of the FSA is American..

Allegedly “Tense relations between U.S. and anti-Assad Syrian rebels" according to McClatchy, which also highlights a Free Syrian Army marketing/propaganda pic. Amazing how this person clambered up a dirt hill without getting a speck of it on his nice black shirt. The CIA should give this guy a raise…

However magnification of the published photo also shows nearly new sneakers received in lieu of American dollars b/c “Tenseness”, or perhaps the ‘tension derives from the CIA being slow to pay them American Dollars as they were with Iraq’s Sunni Militias a few years ago.

Since December, when Islamist fighters overran the arms warehouses of the moderate rebel group. the covert U.S. program has been working directly with individual commanders, leaving the leadership structure here high and dry. Some 12 to 14 commanders receive military and non-lethal aid this way in northern Syria and some 60 smaller groups are recipients in southern Syria, al Bashir said. They report to the CIA.

“The leadership of the FSA is American,” says the veteran officer, who defected from the Syrian army two years ago MORE
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"Well, God bless Barack Obama – he’s found some “moderate” rebels in Syria. Enough to supply them with weapons and training worth $500m.

(image/blurb courtesy Zero Hedge)"

Robert Fisk

June 26, 2014 - Well, God bless Barack Obama – he’s found some “moderate” rebels in Syria. Enough to supply them with weapons and training worth $500m. Congress wants to arm these brave freedom fighters, you see. And Obama, having sent his 300 elite Spartan lads to Iraq to help Nouri al-Maliki fight the rebels there, needs to send help to the rebels in Syria – even though most of them are on the side of the rebels in Iraq whom Obama wants Maliki to defeat.

Confusing? You bet. So first steps first.

Who are the “moderate” rebels whom Obama wants to train and arm? He doesn’t name them – and he can’t, because the original “moderates” whom America swore to arm (with the help of the CIA, the Brits, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey) were the so-called “Free Syrian Army”, mostly composed of deserters from Assad’s government forces. But the FSA – briefly beloved of John McCain until he discovered a pro-al-Qa’ida fighter sharing a photo-op with him in northern Syria – has decomposed.

Its men have gone home, switched to the bearded Islamists of the Nusrah or Isis – or Isil if we heed the latest acronym – or re-deserted to the government army and taken up arms for Assad again. Some freedom fighters! They weren’t given enough weapons, we are told. Now they’ll get more. And no doubt sell them – as they did the last lot. For it is a sad fact of war that whenever a gun crosses a border, it represents not loyalty but cash.

Give an FSA man – if you can find one – an anti-aircraft missile and it will be sold to the highest bidder. In all the civil wars I’ve covered, I’ve never seen a weapon in the hands of a militia which hasn’t bought it from someone else. In a humiliating interview on Channel 4, our own Defence Secretary admitted that weapons given to Syrian rebels had fallen into the hands of the bad guys. How do you monitor all the guys whom you give a gun to? Send them off with a personal drone to make sure they don’t sell it?

Besides, how do you actually find a “moderate” these days in Syria’s war? The Islamist rebels fight to the death. No “moderates” they. And – accursed facts now intervene – these are the very same Islamist rebels now threatening the Iraqi state. And just to make things even more confusing, Maliki has just been thanking Assad’s boys for air-raiding his own rebel enemies on the Iraqi-Syrian border on the grounds that Syria and Iraq are “friends”.

So now to our own real friend, the Department of Home Truths. What’s left of the FSA has been fighting the Islamist Isis-Isil forces. So have the Kurdish militias in northern Syria. So have a few village militias. And the Syrians have a suspicion that this is Obama’s half-baked plan: to arm the anti-Islamist Syrian rebels to fight the pro-al-Qa’ida rebels and thus – indirectly – keep both the Assad and Maliki regimes in power.

The problem is that Obama must do this without revealing that the Syrian-Iraqi battle against Sunni Wahabis is one and the same war, that Assad’s Syrian army – using Russian jets – is struggling against exactly the same enemy as Maliki’s Iraqi army, also soon to be augmented (if we are to believe Maliki’s blather to the BBC Arabic Service) with Russian jets. In other words, Assad not only has the public support of Moscow; he has the private support of Washington (and therefore, of course, of Israel).

Why else would the White House say that the money for Syrian “moderates” would help “counter terrorist threats” – “terrorist” being Assad’s description of his enemies. But of course, Obama must keep calling Assad a “brutal dictator”.

Difficult to explain all this on Fox News, of course. So just keep repeating the word “moderate”. Over and over again.

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