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Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room

Welcome to the Central Intelligence Agency's Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room.

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?

Daily Summary

Nuremberg July 1946

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.

In some ways, the world of 1946 was very different from our own: there was a viceroy in India; an emperor in Ethiopia; reports coming in from Siam and Transjordan. In others, though, 1946 seems very familiar: economic instability; violence in the Middle East; tense trade negotiations. Check out the latest installment of the Daily Summary from 11 March – 31 December 1946 to get an idea of the kinds of issues that greeted President Truman each morning.

This release is the second in a six-part monthly series. Check back in the middle of next month to see more.


Tet Declassified Vol. 1

Tet Declassified Vol. 1


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