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ODNI Announces Release of Declassified Materials Related to Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has announced the release of the first set of declassified documents from CIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency about the Tet Offensive.

ODNI said Tuesday the Tet Offensive involved the North Vietnamese army, Viet Cong and their surprise attacks against the South Vietnamese and U.S. military forces on Jan. 30, 1968.

The release of the documents came after DNI Dan Coats, a two-time Wash100 recipient, asked intelligence agencies in January to identify historical data of current relevance and evaluate them for declassification in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the offensive campaign as part of the Vietnam War.

ODNI said the intelligence community will release additional declassified documents in three segments over a 15-month period through intelligence.gov.

The declassification effort related to the Tet Offensive is part of the IC’s implementation plan in 2015 for the community’s intelligence transparency principles.

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