35+ Years of Freedom of Information Action

2018 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

By the Numbers


Archive staff filed 1,948 FOIA and declassification requests, bringing our all-time total to more than 60,000 requests.


We submitted 89 appeals...


Winning the release of 384,165 previously secret pages.




The Archive received 4,354 research requests and hosted 284 visiting researchers in our Smith Bagley Research Center.


In the Papers

Archive in the News


The Archive made headlines throughout the year, 984 to be exact. Here are some of the biggest:



Cables Detail C.I.A. Waterboarding at Secret Prison Run by Gina Haspel

New York Times
Aug 10, 2018


Torture of al-Qaeda suspect described in 2002 cables sent by CIA Director Gina Haspel

Washington Post
Aug 10, 2018


CIA memo describes "catlike" team members in interrogation sessions

CBS News
Aug 10, 2018


Judge won't order disclosure of Trump White House visitor logs

Jul 26, 2018


Declassified US Cables Link Uribe to Colombia Drug Cartels

Associated Press News
May 26, 2018


Cables Contain Claims Former Colombian Leader Is Tied to Drug Traffickers

New York Times
May 25, 2018


When Donald Rumsfeld Asks You to 'Solve Pakistan'

The Atlantic
Jan 31, 2018


‘My Dearest Fidel’: An ABC Journalist’s Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro

Politico Magazine
Apr 20, 2018


Fact-checking Donald Trump CIA pick Gina Haspel’s Senate hearing

May 9, 2018


Ethics training reminds White House staff not to use encrypted messages for government business

Washington Post
Feb 5, 2018


What Gorbachev Did Not Hear

The American Interest
Mar 12, 2018


George H. W. Bush : The Last Green Republican

Huffington Post
Dec 4, 2018


The War Game that Could Have Ended the World

Nov 9, 2018


Guatemalan President Shuts Down Anti-Corruption Probe

Sep 3, 2018


US Documents on Fall of Indonesia’s Suharto Declassified

Latin American Herald Tribune

Jul 27, 2018



For Your Reading List

Virtual Reading Room


Archive staff published 41 E-books this year, bringing our website
total to 654.



We published 2 Digital National Security Archive reference collections.


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Soviet-U.S. Relations: The End of the Cold War, 1985-1991

This extraordinary collection includes declassified transcripts of every word the Soviet and American leaders actually said to each other in the historic summit meetings from Geneva 1985 through Moscow 1991, together with the previously secret preparatory and after-action reports from both the Russian and American sides.

CIA Covert Operations III: From Kennedy to Nixon, 1961-1974 

Part III of the CIA series takes the story from the Bay of Pigs through a chain of lesserlittle-known covert activities in Indonesia, Iraq (the Kurds), Cuba, the Dominican Republic, British Guiana, Bolivia, and more. Provides unprecedented coverage of top-level CIA deliberations along with notes of meetings with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.



Unredacted Blog


58 posts on our blog, Unredacted.


Are 98% of Federal Agencies Actually on Track to Manage Electronic Records by 2019 Deadline?

The “Indiana Jones Warehouse:” How to use FOIA to get Documents from Purgatory




40 Cyber Briefs and related postings in our Cyber Vault.


We created several new public research guides and resources. Here are just two of them:

CyberWar Map

Cyber Glossary


In the Courts


We filed 2 new Freedom of Information Act lawsuits:


FOIA Lawsuit Wins Chronology of Black Site Waterboarding Supervised by Future CIA Director



State Department US-Russia Relations




And 2 appeals:


Trump Visitor Logs On Appeal in 2nd Circuit




FOIA Appeal Fights to Preserve WH Emails and Instant Messages



Meanwhile, 2 other FOIA lawsuits continued to produce new document releases throughout 2018:


Department of State’s Dissent Channel Revealed




Rumsfeld Snowflakes Come in from the Cold





2018 Choice award seal


"Choice" Magazine Names "Digital National Security Archive" an Outstanding Academic Title for 2018

Awards page