Israel extends intelligence document classification period to 90 years

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The government of Israel has increased to 90 years the period during which documents belonging to intelligence and security agencies can remain secret, extending it by 20 years.

  • Josef Fitsanakis
  • IntelNews

Until last month, government documents produced by Israeli spy agencies, such as its external spy organization, the Mossad, or its domestic security agency, the Shin Bet, could remain hidden from public view for up to 70 years.

Last year, however, the administration of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commissioned a study into the possibility of extending the classification period for such documents.

Israel’s Supreme Council of Archives, a body within the…

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