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Cuban Missile Crisis

The Most Dangerous Day in History

Seven hours ahead of Washington, the Kremlin had already received an urgent message (9 a.m., Moscow time) from the Soviet commander in Cuba that a U.S. attack, presaging an invasion, was imminent within 24-72 hours. The Soviet ambassador in Havana, Aleksandr Alekseyev, was closeted with Fidel Castro at the Soviet embassy through the wee hours...

Classified Documents

6 Startling Revelations From Declassified U.S. Government Documents 

  From HowStuffWorks “The [public] tolerance for the secrecy of these organizations has become smaller,” Pfeiffer says. “There’s a demand by people to have a greater understanding of what their intelligence agencies actually are up to … And the intelligence agencies are incredibly powerful and outrageously secret. So over time, for the intelligence community to...

US Embassy, Havana

The Unsolved Mystery of the ‘Havana Syndrome’

The non-profit National Security Archive in Washington has the latest on a mysterious malady that felled two CIA operatives in Cuba and many others. Is it a secret weapon, perhaps developed by the Russians, targeting U.S. intelligence operatives and diplomat? There’s no evidence that. But it’s not clear what could be causing similar symptoms among...

Che Guevara

The Assassination of Che Guevara, According to the CIA

Guevara was the charismatic leader of the Cuban revolution, who sought to inspire the poor people of Bolivia to rebel. They weren’t inspired, and the CIA was on his trail. Fifty-three years ago, at 1:15 p.m. on October 9, 1967, Argentine-born revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara was executed in the hills of Bolivia after being captured by...