Thomas S. Blanton is Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Blanton has authored numerous books including Masterpieces of History: The Peaceful End of the Cold War in Europe, 1989 (2010), White House E-Mail: The Top Secret Computer Messages the Reagan-Bush White House Tried to Destroy (1995), The Chronology (1987) on the Iran-contra affair, and The Last Superpower Summits: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Bush: The Conversations that Ended the Cold War (2016).
His articles have appeared in The International Herald-Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Slate, the Wilson Quarterly, and many other publications.
Among the many hundreds of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests Blanton has filed, one ultimately forced the release of Oliver North’s Iran-contra diaries in 1990.
Current CIA director Gina Haspel described graphic acts of deliberate physical torture including the waterboarding of a suspected Al-Qa’ida terrorist under her supervision when she was chief of base at a CIA black site in Thailand in 2002, according to declassified CIA cables – most of which she wrote...