The United States only entered the game of international espionage after the World War II and quickly were involved in struggle against their formidable soviet adversaries KGB and GRU. During first 20 years of existence CIA targeted the Baltic States in quest for achieving the weakening of the Soviet Union and gain valuable information from the shady Soviet adversary. Many Latvians were involved in these operations, many lost their lives, many turned on the other side of the game and joined the Soviets. 60 years after we can read full declassified CIA documents about the operations involving Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania and people involved. Here, you can study CIA operation files and personal files of the people involved in these operations.
These documents were declassified by the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act and contain files from a period of 1945 to 1960. They were fully obtained by supporting Micheal Best CIA FOIA kickstarter campaign. These documents are published and hosted here in association with Numbers Stations Research and Information Center a project for studying and researching the intelligence activities and their history.
By clicking on each link you will open a folder containing all the documents on the particular case or person, that are in pdf format. Documents are searchable, although quality may vary. While most cases are selected for Latvian history topics, in various cases they will contain content about Lithuania and Estonia and other countries. While most personal cases are people involved in CIA operations, people like Herberts Cukurs and Viktors Arājs are included because they were Nazi war criminals and were on CIA watch list. Check the glossary of CIA cryptonyms and terms to determine the meaning names for CIA operational cases.
These documents are here to serve people interest in studying CIA operations in Latvia, find information about specific people. This “reading room” serves as dedication and historical memory to all people involved in early CIA operations in the Baltic States.