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Listening in on DC: Soviet Eavesdropping and the Origins of US Information Policy

January 1, 2009

In June 1975, the Rockefeller Commission released its final report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) activities within the United States. Established by President Gerald Ford in January 1975, The Commission's report investigated and exposed a variety of illegal surveillance activities perpetrated by the CIA within the United States and in violation of its charter. Tucked into a small section discussing foreign intelligence threats was a passage addressing the vulnerability of domestic telephone conversations to foreign intelligence services.

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