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CIA Kidnapping, Wiretapping of '60s, '70s Revealed

A new set of declassified CIA documents set for release next week detail CIA kidnappings, wiretapping without warrants, assassination attempts and surveillance of American journalists and activists up until 1974.

Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., tells Renee Montagne that while some of the activities are widely known — such as assassination attempts against Fidel Casto and the CIA's infiltration of domestic anti-war groups — some are not.

The CIA's current director, Michael Hayden, said the documents "provide a glimpse of a very different time and a very different agency."


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