The documents reveal US officials were making plans to wrestle the islands from the UK for Argentina
The US came very close to stepping in to help Argentina take the islands after they invaded in 1982.
US security bosses were ready to offer Falkland Islanders the option of moving to British territory, with Scotland being touted as a potential new home, or being allowed to stay on the Islands.
Any residents who do not wish to relocate will be free to remain and become Argentinian citizens at the end of three years
CIA secret documents
However, if they opted to stay they would automatically become Argentinian citizens.
The option of moving abroad would have been sweetened with the promise of a $100,000 grant per person.
The proposed plan, entitled ‘Solution to the Falkland Islands crisis’, was put together by Henry Rowen, the then chairman of the National Intelligence Council.
Newly released documents show the CIA's secret plans
He wrote: “For a period of three years the inhabitants of the Falkland Islands will be given a chance to consider whether they wish to remain on the Falkland Islands or whether they wish to relocate to an area of British jurisdiction, either in the UK or elsewhere under British sovereignty, with a relocation grant of $100,000 per person.
“It is likely that many residents will find this sufficient inducement to relocate to some other area, perhaps in Scotland or elsewhere where conditions may be similar to the Falkland Islands.”
The plan continues: “Any residents who do not wish to relocate will be free to remain and become Argentinian citizens at the end of three years.
“The cost of the relocation grants to be paid to any residents of the Falkland Islands wishing to relocate elsewhere will be borne fifty/fifty by the Argentinian and British governments.”
British troops board aircraft bound for the Falklands in May 1982
The US never got involved in the Falklands War and Britain retained the islands at a cost of more than 900 lives.
Tensions between the countries began after Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982.
Argentina has long disputed Britain’s territorial claims to the islands, despite 99.8 per cent of Falkland Islanders voting to remain British in a 2013 sovereignty referendum.