The CIA is declassifying decades of sensitive documents known as the "family jewels". The documents were compiled in the wake of the Watergate scandal as the Ford administration tried to come to grips with what was described as "just the tip of the iceberg" in terms of the CIA's illegal activities. Among the many gems being released are details about assassination attempts, domestic spying, kidnapping and infiltration of leftist groups. In what has been described as "mostly unflattering" material, the documents also reveal wire taps, break-ins, theft, and various 'tests' conducted on US civilians. On Wednesday, Riz speaks with Stephen Kinzer, New York Times journalist and best-selling author of All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror and Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq about the CIA's no longer secret history.
This episode of Riz Khan aired on Wednesday 27 June 2007
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