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CIA Assessments of the Soviet Union: The Record Versus the Charges

An Intelligence Monograph

Introduction

By: Douglas J. MacEachin

“Charges that CIA did not see and report the economic decline, societal deterioration, and political destabilization that ultimately resulted in the breakup of the Soviet Union simply are contradicted by the record.”

In this essay, former CIA senior officer Douglas MacEachin addresses the common public charges made about CIA analysis, refuting most and explaining others.