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The Photographs that Prevented WW III

by Shruti Modi

In The Photographs that Prevented WW III for Smithsonian, Michael Dobbs writes of his discovery of photos taken by the CIA that could have changed history.

When I was researching my 2008 book on the crisis, One Minute to Midnight, I came across stacks of declassified American intelligence reports based on the Blue Moon photographs. I assumed that the raw footage was locked away in the vaults of the CIA until I received a tip from a retired photo interpreter named Dino Brugioni. A member of the team that prepared the photo boards for Kennedy, Brugioni told me that thousands of cans of negatives had been transferred to the National Archives, making them available for public inspection — at least in theory. [more]