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New Records Now Available as a Result of IWG Extension - CIA Agrees to Disclose Operational Materials
Press Release ยท Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Press Release
June 6, 2006

New Records Now Available as a Result of IWG Extension
CIA Agrees to Disclose Operational Materials

Washington, DC…The Central Intelligence Agency has withdrawn its prior objections and has declassified 174 additional CIA Name and Subject files relating to Nazi and Japanese Imperial Government war crimes. The Interagency Working Group (IWG), tasked by Congress with opening U.S. government records related to Nazi and Japanese Imperial Government war crimes, announced that roughly 27,000 pages have been declassified and are available for research at the National Archives facility in College Park, Maryland. The release adds to the 60,000 pages of CIA records previously opened by the IWG and is a direct result of the March 2005 extension of the IWG by Congress. It reflects the Central Intelligence Agency’s broader, more inclusive disclosure of relevant records and a willingness to disclose relevant records under the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act and the Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act.

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein said, "More than eight million pages of records have been declassified as a result of the IWG. I commend the hard work of the federal agencies, the IWG, and National Archives staff. I especially want to thank Senator Mike DeWine, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Senator Dianne Feinstein for their continued support. The documents that are being released will make a lasting contribution to our knowledge of the war crimes committed in Europe and the Far East and to our understanding of the shift in intelligence goals taking place after WWII during the Cold War."

The name and subject files of this release include everyday reports, correspondence, memorandums, and translations created and collected by the CIA. They include the following highlights:

  • New records of the CIA provide a clearer outline of Tscherim Soobzokov’s involvement with the CIA as an agent in Jordan, and they show how the Agency in the mid-1970s misled INS about its suspicions concerning possible Soobzokov involvement in war crimes.
  • CIA reports related to Heinz Felfe, a former SS intelligence officer who served in the Gehlen Organization, indicate to a greater extent than ever before the level at whi