The CIA has made public the details of its illicit Cold-War-era activities, including spy plots, assassination attempts and experiments with drugs.

Documents declassified on its website include plans to use Mafia help to kill Cuba’s Communist leader Fidel Castro.

They reveal the extent to which the CIA spied on US journalists and dissidents and on the Soviet Union.

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The incidents include:

* the confinement of a Soviet KGB defector, Yuriy Ivanovich Nosenko, in the mid-1960s
* attempts to use a suspected Mafia mobster, Johnny Roselli, in a plot to assassinate Cuba’s Fidel Castro
* a plot to poison the Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba
* the wiretapping and surveillance of journalists, including in 1972 columnist Jack Anderson who broke a string of scandals
* the testing of hallucinogens such as LSD on unsuspecting citizens

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