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Declassification Dispute Ends, 1963 Document Released

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A rather innocuous one-page biography of one-time Italian president Giuseppe Saragat has been declassified after 40 years, ending a curious…

A rather innocuous one-page biography of one-time Italian president Giuseppe Saragat has been declassified after 40 years, ending a curious dispute within the Bush Administration. The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel had directed the document’s release a year ago. Then CIA director George Tenet, using the veto power given him in a March 2003 executive order, blocked the disclosure. The panel appealed; the White House failed to act; finally the new CIA boss, Porter Goss, declassified the document. Most amazing is that it was ever classified. (9/12/05)

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