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The CIA Joke-Book: US Declassifies Cache of Soviet Jokes
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9/24/2018 at 4:54:53 PM GMT
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The CIA Joke-Book: US Declassifies Cache of Soviet Jokes

By Chris Pleasance —

“A cache of Soviet jokes that was compiled by CIA agents during the Cold War has been released among a cache of declassified documents. All the jokes were told between Soviets but picked up by CIA operatives before being relayed back to Washington.

The list was addressed to the Deputy Director of the CIA but it is believed to have been circulated among senior White House officials. One joke featuring Ronald Reagan made it to the president's desk and he found it so funny he began using it himself. The quip goes: 'An American tells a Russia that the United States is so free that he can stand outside the White House and yell ‘to hell with Ronald Reagan.’ The Russian replies: 'That's nothing, I can stand outside the Kremlin and yell 'to hell with Ronald Reagan too!’


To continue reading, visit the full article on The Daily Mail’s website.

Pleasance, Chris. “The CIA Joke-book: US Declassifies Cache of Soviet Jokes Its Agents Compiled during the Cold War to Gauge Public Mood in the USSR.” The Daily Mail (September 21, 2018). <>

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