700,000+ CIA docs close to release as ‘national security geek’ nears Kickstarter goal
Some 700,000 declassified Central Intelligence Agency files, held on public yet largely inaccessible CIA computers, are just waiting for someone to come along and print them. One Kickstarter project is on the verge of doing exactly that.
Michael Best, who has used the online moniker “National Security Geek,”launched the project to raise $10,000, and he’s already near his goal thanks to hundreds of backers. They all want to have a hand in disseminating the unreleased CIA files, numbering about 10 million pages, to the general public. Even though the documents have been declassified, they remain locked up in four computers at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland.
Known as CREST, the CIA Records Search Tool allows anyone to search the documents, but only if they wish to make the trip there. Even then the only way to share any findings is to print, scan, and upload, which so far has only happened with about 1 million out of the total 11 million pages in the archive. Eventually, the newly unearthed volumes would be sent to The New York Times and Wikileaks, while the physical printouts will be donated to a library, archive, or university, according to the Kickstarter page.