The Politics of Document Declassification

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On New Year's Day, millions of confidential documents were officially declassified. The move followed a decade-old deadline from former President Bill Clinton mandating that 25-year-old documents automatically be made public. The director of National Security Archives and an archivist at the National Archives discuss document declassification.


Thomas Blanton, director of National Security Archives

Peter W. Klein, assistant professor at University of British Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism; wrote My Father's Red Scare in The New York Times

Michael Kurtz, assistant archivist for record services at the National Archives; responsible for declassification program in Washington, D.C.



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