Cool find. I've always been fascinated with the Glomar Explorer. The whole thing was straight out of a sci-fi movie.
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From: "Albert LaFrance" <albert.lafrance@...
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 18:07:56
Subject: [coldwarcomms] FW: Project Azorian: The CIA's Declassified History of the Glomar Explorer
From: The National Security Archive [mailto:NSARCHIVE@...
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Sent: Friday, February 12, 2010 6:02 PM
Subject: Project Azorian: The CIA's Declassified History of the Glomar
National Security Archive Update, February 12, 2010
Project Azorian: The CIA's Declassified History of the Glomar Explorer
For more information contact:
Matthew Aid - 202/994-7000
Washington, DC, February 12, 2010 - For the first time, the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) has declassified substantive information on one of
its most secret and sensitive schemes, "Project Azorian," the Agency
codename for its ambitious plan to raise a sunken Soviet submarine from the
floor of the Pacific Ocean in order to retrieve its secrets. Today the
National Security Archive publishes "Project Azorian: The Story of the
Hughes Glomar Explorer," a 50-page article from the fall 1985 edition of the
Agency's in-house journal Studies in Intelligence. Written by a participant
in the operation whose identity remains classified, the article discusses
the conception and planning of the retrieval effort and the creation of a
special ship, the Glomar Explorer, which raised portions of the submarine in
August 1974. The National Security Archive had submitted a Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) request to the CIA for the document on December 12,
National Security Archive director Tom Blanton commented that "the Navy
alternative to the Glomar Explorer--investigation by a deep sea
submersible--sounds more convincing than the claim in the Studies in
Intelligence article that Project Azorian advanced the cutting edge of deep
sea exploration the way the CIA did on aerial and satellite reconnaissance.
To me, Glomar resembles the Bay of Pigs more than U-2 or Corona. On the
latter, they brought in the best people, Ed Land and the Skunk Works, on the
former, they only talked to themselves."
Also published today for the first time are recently declassified White
House memoranda of conversations from 1975 which recount the reactions of
President Ford and cabinet members to ongoing news of press leaks about the
Glomar Explorer, including Seymour Hersh's expos� in The New York Times on
March 19, 1975.
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