LETA is the main Latvia
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n news agency
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. Its headquarters are in Riga
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It was founded as Latopress in 1919, soon after Latvia became independent; the name was changed to LTA the next year when the wire service was subordinated to the Latvian Telegraph Agency. The name LETA was only used occasionally during the interwar period.http://www.leta2000.com/leta90/

In 1940, when Latvia was occupied
Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940
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 by the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
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, it became a subordinate agency of TASS
Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union
The Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union , was the central agency for collection and distribution of internal and international news for all Soviet newspapers, radio and television stations...

, a status it would keep until Latvia regained independence in 1991.

During the occupation of Latvia by Nazi Germany
Occupation of Latvia by Nazi Germany
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, LETA was subordinated to the German DNB news agency.

From 1971 it was known as Latinform. On 31 May 1990 the Latvian government restored the name LETA and the news agency's independence from TASS.

In 1997 LETA was put up for privatisation by the Latvian state.

On April 27, 2011 LETA website got defaced by unknown hacker the reason claiming to be commercially biased news sources. It was down for a few hours as was LETA side project "nozare.lv" and others.

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