Around 2,500 documents were released by the CIA Wednesday, containing intelligence analysis by the U.S. government on major national security issues during the presidencies of Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. The U.S. intelligence assessments in the documents are particularly noteworthy for their reports of large-scale military exercises in Egypt a day before the Yom Kippur War on October 6, 1973. The documents mistakenly noted that the exercises “do not appear to be preparations for an offensive against Israel.”
The release of the documents took place during a public symposium at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, according to CIA.gov. k
The documents also erroneously stated that neither Egypt not Israel seemed inclined to initiate hostilities, though officials did express concern that mobilization by Syria could alarm Israel, and “increase the risk of military clashes, which neither side originally intended.”
The documents also weighed in on the murder of eleven Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics.
“Although the Israelis could allow the outrage in the international community to suffice for the present, domestic sentiment for a response is already mounting,” the document read. “Any reprisal action could be severe.”
The Vietnam War, and major events during the Cold War, were also touched on in the declassified documents, in addition to Nixon’s visits to the Soviet Union and China, and the Watergate scandal which ultimately led to his resignation on August 9, 1974.