ILE – This April 1961 file photo shows Fidel Castro, center,
with members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces at his base of operations at the
Australia Sugar Refinery in Jaguey, near Playa Giron, during the Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961. (AP Photo/Str)
On May 10, a judge ruled that the CIA didn’t need to reveal an investigation of the botched Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. The decision was because the investigation is a draft and not a final document, effectively shielding the CIA document from public scrutiny.
The Bay of Pigs was a 1961, U.S.-backed invasion of Cuba that ultimately failed and was a major foreign policy embarrassment.
The document was the final volume of the CIA’s three-decade-old history of the Bay of Pigs, which the CIA characterized as “a polemic of recriminations against CIA officers who later criticized the operation.”
The CIA argued the volume represented a proposal by a subordinate history staff member that was rejected by the chief historian as it contained significant deficiencies, and that the volume is protected under the deliberative process privilege exemption in the Freedom of Information Act.
The National Security Archive, a government transparency group, sued the CIA to declassify the document.