A new book, Why Are They So Secretive?, has come out by US national security analyst Daniel Ellsberg that details how US intelligence agencies are secretive and how they operate.
Ellsberg’s book also highlights how the State and White Houses are often secretive, with the White House reportedly hiding information from Congress.
The book, written with the author’s wife, is based on extensive research into the work of the State, Defense and State Departments.
The book is the first of its kind in history, according to the author, who has been investigating the secretive and secretive work of these agencies for more than 25 years.
The National Security Archive’s US State Department Collection (which contains records of all US government activities, including government agencies and their staff) holds records of almost 3,000 documents.
In his book, Ellsberger said that many of the documents were either classified or withheld.
He said that while the State Department may be secretive, there was a general belief that it was being held accountable.
“There was a lot of people who believed the State had to be more transparent,” he said.
He said that the State did not always keep information secret, and that a number of agencies had a higher level of secrecy than the Pentagon.
But he said there were some instances of information being released to the public that was not as publicly known.
For instance, Ellsonberg wrote, the State House of Representatives in Washington DC was allowed to keep an official record of meetings with US senators and representatives from the House and Senate.
But, as the book pointed out, the records were not publicly accessible and the public had to pay to see them.
‘In the shadows’While there are some details that are known about the activities of the government agencies, the information is not widely available to the general public, Ellssberg wrote.
“It is a shame that this is happening,” he wrote.
His book, which was written with US national intelligence officer David Rohde, also revealed that there are “in the shadows” in the US government.
He wrote that some of the “invisible hand” is working on behalf of powerful corporations and governments.
The State Department, for instance, is part of the Department of Defense, and the State Dept. is part-owned by the Department, he wrote, and this creates “a degree of opacity that makes it difficult for anyone who might question the work being done.”
In addition, the book said, there are also “infiltrating groups that are part of a government agency.”
This could mean that the US intelligence community, the CIA, the FBI or any other government agency are working with an outside group to achieve their ends.
The authors also found that many officials are not fully transparent about their work.
For instance, the National Security Council is often not public about its budget or its activities, Ellsdg wrote.
The CIA, for example, has been known to “secretly” pay its top staff.
Even when the information they are providing is classified, the authors said, the public is not able to know how it was obtained.
This is also true of the intelligence agencies, Ellsoberg wrote: They do not always have a clear public view of what they are doing.
For instance in the case of the CIA’s MKULTRA project, which involved a CIA scientist working for the agency’s covert-action unit, the author wrote, there is no public record of the scientist ever revealing to the American public that the research involved him working for a CIA agency.
The author also said that in some cases, intelligence agencies have used the power of secrecy to achieve things that are not technically classified.
For example, he said, US intelligence has been able to achieve secret cooperation with other countries in the fight against al-Qaida.
The book has been published by The New Press.