CIA to release cold war 'black files'

The CIA is to declassify secret records detailing illegal domestic surveillance, assassination plots, kidnapping, infiltration and other "black" operations undertaken from the 1950s to the early 1970s

The files detail the ageny's activities at the height of the cold war with the Soviet Union and "Red" China; and the Vietnam conflict.

The records were compiled in 1973 at the behest of the then CIA director, James Schlesinger, and collected in a 693-page dossier known as the "family jewels". Although some of its contents have previously been leaked, the CIA has refused until now to place the full dossier in the public domain.