The Nation: Secrets for Sale

Most U.S. Government secrets grow banal with age, but the very fact of their secrecy gives some of them an odd fascination. An enterprising publishing company called the Carrollton Press has begun selling microfilms of formerly classified documents that have entered the public domain as a result of amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (TIME, April 14). The Washington, D.C., firm's collection of 8,000 documents goes for $1,575. It includes such minutiae as then Ambassador to France Charles Bohlen's 1964 memorandum to Lyndon Johnson on Charles de Gaulle's tactics of "mystification and concealment" and a memo from a planning session...

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