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CIA's Seizure of Files Raises Questions

The CIA's recent "document sweep" of papers in an archive at the University of Washington raises issues of access to old classified documents that have been open to historians for 20 years. The CIA says the documents were never properly declassified. But some academics say the agency is trying to regain control over documents that have been in the public domain for two decades.

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Martin Kaste is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk. He covers law enforcement and privacy. He has been focused on police and use of force since before the 2014 protests in Ferguson, and that coverage led to the creation of NPR's Criminal Justice Collaborative.

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