CIA releases trove of Cold War-era intel briefs

US President John F. Kennedy (R) chats with Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson in the early 1960sThe CIA released an unprecedented trove of previously classified intelligence briefs Wednesday from the height of the Cold War that were provided to presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. The collection includes about 2,500 “President’s Daily Briefs” that contain intelligence analysis on key national security issues, the CIA said in a statement. Only the president, the vice president and a few trusted advisors received the briefings, which gave the CIA’s insights during a tumultuous decade that included the Vietnam War and fears of nuclear war that nearly came to cataclysmic realization during the Cuban missile crisis.

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