June 20, 2019

CIA Releases Roughly 2,500 Declassified President’s Daily Briefs (approx. 28,000 Pages) From Nixon and Ford Admins

From the CIA:

CIA today released previously classified President’s Daily Briefs (PDB) from the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford administrations at a public symposium at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, titled The President’s Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to Nixon and Ford.

The roughly 2,500 declassified documents totaling some 28,000 pages are posted at https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/presidents-daily-brief, along with a 40-page color booklet describing the documents and the PDB process during this period.

The PDB contains intelligence analysis on key national security issues for the president and other senior policymakers. Only the president, vice president, and a select group of senior officials with high-level security clearances receive the daily briefing, which presents the Intelligence Community’s best insights on national security threats and opportunities.

This event builds on CIA’s release last year of roughly 2,500 PDBs totaling nearly 19,000 pages from the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. The new collection includes PDBs published during President Nixon’s term from January 1969 through end of President Ford’s administration in January 1977. These documents offer insight into intelligence that informed presidential decision-making during critical historical events including the Vietnam War, President Nixon’s trip to China in 1972, the OPEC embargo in 1973-74, and the Arab-Israeli War in 1973.

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The symposium in Yorba Linda featured panel discussions and remarks by CIA Director Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, senior Intelligence Community historians, and leaders from the academic and archivist communities.

See Also: National Security: CIA to Release Declassified Nixon and Ford President’s Daily Briefings, Docs Will Be Available Online (August 10, 2016)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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