As widely reported, the US has just released online 8000 documents (13 million pages) of declassified documents from the CIA.
The records include UFO sightings and psychic experiments from the Stargate programme, which has long been of interest to conspiracy theorists.
The move came after lengthy efforts from freedom of information advocates and a lawsuit against the CIA.
Some of the documents relate to NZ, and The Herald’s David Fisher has given us a fine summary:
Inside the top secret CIA files on New Zealand – who they spied on and what they said
It is a trove of both treasure and trivia, including:
• The CIA’s belief former Prime Minister David Lange accidentally backed himself into a corner on the nuclear-free issue, and US concerns the policy could spread throughout the Pacific.
• That Lange told US officials he believed nuclear propulsion was safe.
• The revelation that New Zealand’s nuclear free stance – for which we were punished for decades – didn’t make any difference to the US from a military perspective.
• A detailed biography of former Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon and detailed accounting of his pro-US sympathies, including that Muldoon saw himself as a world leader in financial leadership despite “limited achievements” at home.
• The suggestion former US President Ronald Reagan tell Muldoon he was his favoured candidate to win an election during a White House visit.
• A McCarthy-era report into communism in New Zealand – a concern which was present throughout the documents into the late 1980s. …
Mainly historical interest now of course, but interesting to see the world through the CIA lens.