The Rumsfeld Papers

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library documentsIn addition to the documents related to the endnotes of Known and Unknown, I have also released a number of other documents from my archive on this website.  I’ve selected documents that are of particular historical interest or are related to the events in my book.  This collection is certainly not comprehensive, but in the coming weeks and months I plan to release more of my papers.  A number of documents from the 2001-06 period remain classified.  As they are declassified, they too will be reviewed for public release.  A few documents have been redacted to protect personal privacy, and some have been withheld because they contain sensitive information, generally on personnel matters.

  My decision to release these papers was not an easy one.  These documents were not designed with an eye to history as part of an authoritative archive.  They are working papers, often prepared in great haste under difficult circumstances.  While some are highly-polished, many were never even edited.  They contain numerous typos, misspellings, and some outright errors.  They need to be handled as archival material.  Despite my strong personal inclination to go back in and clean them up, I have concluded to do so would give the impression of a polished, even a sanitized record.  Instead, I have put them out the website, warts and all, for readers to draw their own conclusions.