Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room

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Do UFOs fascinate you? Are you a history buff who wants to learn more about the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam or the A-12 Oxcart? Have stories about spies always fascinated you? You can find information about all of these topics and more in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room.

What is the Electronic Reading Room?

CIA Annual FOIA Reports

(Updated April 24, 2018)

The CIA FOIA Annual Report is now available in PDF, and in machine-readable XML formats.

What's New on the Electronic Reading Room?

Tet Declassified

Tet Declassified Vol. 2

In concert with the DNI's second in a three-part installment on the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive and in recognition of its 50th anniversary, the CIA reviewed and contributed 103 documents associated with the Tet Offensive for the DNI's January 2019 release.

Daily Summary Collection

USS Pickaway

Do You Know What Came Before the PDB?

You probably know that the CIA provides the President of the United States a summary of critical intelligence issues every day. But did you know that this was happening even before there was a CIA? The Central Intelligence Agency was not formally established until 1947. In January 1946, however, President Harry Truman directed the newly-formed Central Intelligence Group to provide him with a coordinated intelligence report known as the Daily Summary. This report evolved over the years and its name has changed —it’s now called the President’s Daily Brief or PDB— but the tradition begun in 1946 of informing the President with a coordinated daily report continues to this day. Once “for the President’s eyes only” (and those of his most senior advisors), these reports can now be released to the public.

See Daily Summary reports from 1946, 1947, 1948, and 1949


War came to the divided Korean peninsula on 25 June 1950, when North Korean forces (the Korean People's Army or KPA) crossed the 38th parallel and swept southward. On 27 June, the United Nations Security Council issued Resolution 83, which condemned the attack and called on UN member states to provide military assistance to the Republic of Korea (ROK). On 28 June, Seoul, the capital of the ROK, fell to the KPA. The Truman Administration was faced with the delicate task of supporting an ally against Communist aggression, while not igniting a wider war with China and the Soviet Union.

The military situation changed decisively in mid-September 1950 with the successful landing at Inchon by the 1st US Marine and 7th Infantry Divisions. This daring amphibious invasion 200 miles behind enemy lines, led by commander of UN forces General Douglas MacArthur, resulted in the liberation of Seoul two weeks later.

This historical release includes the Daily Summary from 3 January 1950 -27 February 1951 (5 documents/723 pages).

In addition to the Korean War, highlights of this installment include the growing tensions in Indochina, particularly French activities in Viet Nam, and the widening rift between Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union.

This release is the sixth and final installment in a six-part monthly series.

President George H. W. Bush's Farewell Visit to CIA

President George H. W. Bush

With gratitude and respect

From the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency