Category Archives: Kwangju Declassified

Documents obtained about US policy in South Korea (1979-1980) under the Freedom of Information Act.

Telling the People’s Story: A Tribute to Chalmers Johnson

From Korea, 1980, to New Orleans, 2005: How I came to be a humanitarian journalist For Chalmers Johnson, a great man who died this weekend. In February 1996, I broke a major story on U.S. foreign policy, reporting for the … Continue reading

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Kwangju Declassified: CIA Redux/Washington Post

Jeff Stein’s SpyTalk: CIA documents detail false predictions on Korea. In which SpyTalk actually advances the story by adding details from retired Army General John Wickham, who was the US commander in South Korea during and after the Kwangju Peoples’ … Continue reading

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Kwangju Declassified: The CIA Got it Wrong

The Lasting Significance of Kwangju: Foreign Policy in Focus, June 1, 2010.   Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the Kwangju Citizens’ Uprising in South Korea, a pivotal event that inspired the Korean democratic movement through its ultimate victory in … Continue reading

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Kwangju Declassified: CIA on Park, June 1979

This CIA report, dated June 1979, was probably written as background material for President Jimmy Carter’s 1979 visit to Seoul. It was obtained by Tim Shorrock under the Freedom of Information Act in 2006; the initial FOIA request to the … Continue reading

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Kwangju Declassified: Holbrooke’s Legacy

One of the most important documents I obtained in my 15-year quest to unearth the US role in South Korea in 1979 and 1980 were the minutes to a White House meeting that took place on May 22, 1980. At … Continue reading

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