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National Committee for a Free Europe

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The National Committee for a Free Europe, later known as Free Europe Committee, was an anti-communist Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) front organization,[1] founded on June 1, 1949, in New York City, which worked for the spreading of NATO influence in Eastern Europe and to covertly destabilize Soviet Bloc countries.


The committee was founded by Allen Dulles, later to be Director of Central Intelligence, in conjunction with DeWitt Clinton Poole. Early board members included Dwight Eisenhower, Lucius D. Clay, Cecil B. DeMille, Henry Luce, Mark Ethridge, Charles Phelps Taft II and DeWitt Wallace.[2][3] From 1951 to 1952, Charles Douglas Jackson served as its president. The organization created and oversaw the anti-communist broadcast service Radio Free Europe.[4] CIA subsidies to the Free Europe Committee ended in 1971 which caused restructuring to its operations.[5]

The Free Europe Committee sent balloons with leaflets from West Germany to the Eastern Bloc countries. Each balloon was able to drop 100,000 leaflets.[6]

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  1. ^ Prados, John (2006). Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA. Ivan R. Dee. p. 47. ISBN 9781615780112.
  2. ^ Weiner, Tim: "Legacy of Ashes", page 36. Doubleday, 2007.
  3. ^ Shipkov, Michael (1950). Breakdown. National Committee for a Free Europe, Inc. p. Inside Front Cover.
  4. ^ Mihail Bumbes - Un simbol: Europa Libera -Evenimentul Zilei Nr. 4989, 20 Februarie 2007
  5. ^ A Look Back… The National Committee for Free Europe, 1949
  6. ^ Hearst Magazines (February 1956). "Popular Mechanics". Popular Mechanics Magazine. Hearst Magazines: 151. ISSN 0032-4558.

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