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How The U.S. Came to Declassify 30,000 Pages of Indonesian Embassy Files

On Tuesday, nearly 30,000 pages of declassified records from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta between 1964 and 1968 were published in a collaboration between the National Declassification Center (a body within the National Archives) and the nonprofit National Security Archive, located at George Washington University. The period includes the Indonesian military’s mass killing of 500,000 to 1 million suspected Communists in 1965-66, which the U.S. materially supported at the time. It is the largest and most significant release from the National Declassification Center, which was created by a 2009 Executive…

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