CIA declassifies trove of Cold War-era intelligence memos

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Thousands of pages of CIA intelligence briefs that presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson came to heavily rely upon are being made public for the first time.

The documents released Wednesday offer a rare peek into the real-time intelligence the White House received during the Vietnam War and other major events of the 1960s. In all, roughly 19,000 pages of daily CIA briefings have been partially declassified.

Historians say what isn’t redacted won’t rewrite textbooks. But they say the documents are a chance to get into the minds of Kennedy and Johnson during their difficult administrations.

On the day Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the CIA published an unusual second briefing that contained no intelligence. Instead, it only recited a poem in tribute to the slain president.

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