November 11, 2011
The Central Intelligence Agency has released videos about the Soviet Union that have all the charm of retro grade school public service announcements.
Except, these movies – complete with cheesy special effects, dramatic music and a droll narrator – were classified intelligence briefings for President Ronald Reagan.
The agency began producing the briefings in 1981, suggesting they might be ‘helpful for Reagan’.
The videos cover a variety of pressing issues of the time, from a run-down of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan to a preview of Mr Reagan’s 1988 trip to Moscow – which included a weather report and a video montage of the Soviet capital.
Watch these formerly classified CIA Presidential video briefings: