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ID:

551

Date:

2010-02-13

Headline:

Gone Fishing: Secret Hunt for a Sunken Soviet Sub

Reporter's name:

Calvin Woodward

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Associated Press

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

After decades of denial, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) released detailed information about a Cold War submarine salvage operation. The Soviet submarine, K-129, which sank in March 1968, was partially recovered over six years later by the Hughes Glomar Explorer. Subsequent litigation led to the term "Glomarizing," creating a doctrine of legal permission for the government to decline to confirm or deny events or information when any answer would reveal protected information.

Notes:

Researchers at the National Security Archive used FOIA to obtain the internal CIA account, a fifty-page document first published in a 1985 issue of "Studies in Intelligence," an agency in-house journal. Aspects of the incident were first reported in 1975 by journalists including Seymour Hersh and Jack Anderson, but the CIA kept quiet at the time.

Keywords:

submarine, salvage, Soviet, Project Azorian, Glomar, Hughes Glomar Explorer, Howard Hughes, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, National Security Archive, Studies in Intelligence, Seymour Hersh, Jack Anderson, K-129, glomarizing

URL:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=9827998


Agencies:

CIA

States:

DC
HI

Categories:

intelligence
technology


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