Four key JFK files that are still censored

In November I published a piece on the top five JFK files that are still being hidden by the government. Since the one of them, the transcript of James Angleton’s testimony to the Church Committee in September 1975, has been released.

Four other key JFK documents have been released late last year–but with extensive redactions.

They are the files of four officers involved in the surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald between 1959 and 1963. Read more

A comment on Angleton and Oswald

David Lifton, author of Best Evidence, writes:

“Jeff: I think you’ve framed the question too narrowly….. Read more

Canadian TV on what we know now about Angleton and JFK

Was Angleton culpable in JFK’s assassination?

I’ve been debating the question with CIA historian David Robarge, 

In Washington Decode, he asserts “that the US government did not have actionable information that Oswald was a clear threat to the President before 22 November 1963.”

That is true.  He says, correctly, that historians “must fairly assess why people acted based on what they knew at the time.”

That is exactly what I did in THE GHOST. And that’s why I think Angleton was culpable in the death of JFK.  Read more

Inside the CIA, one officer’s JFK suspicions turned to Angleton

In recently declassified testimony, veteran CIA officer Joseph Burkhalter Smith talked to congressional investigator Gaeton Fonzi.

“As far as the Kennedy assassination goes, said Smith, “the only thing I can say now and again I’m quoting Colby that there could’ve been operations at Angleton staff was running that he wouldn’t even tell the director.”

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‘Does this not make LHO a CIA asset?’

A reader responds to THE GHOST:

“this is brilliant and pioneering work on LHO and the assassination. I guess the only thing I don’t quite get is, if you conclude that Angleton was using Oswald in some way(s), does this not make LHO a CIA asset? And if it makes him a CIA asset, doesn’t that directly implicate the CIA in JFK’s murder, no ifs, ands or buts (though still understanding that there are many grey and unexplained areas)?”

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Oswald and the Fair Play for Cuba Committee

A note from Professor David Kaiser, diplomatic historian and author of a fine JFK book, The Road to Dallas.

Kaiser’s account of Lee Oswald’s activism on behalf of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee in New Orleans is key to understanding the JFK story.

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A conversation about espionage and counterintelligence 

I recently talked to Raul Gallyot of KWMR radio in Point Reyes Station, California. Espionage and Counterintelligence : R. Gallyot: Internet Archive

How the CIA tracked Oswald 

From my story in AlterNet

The latest batch of JFK assassination files, released December 15, illuminate a story that the CIA still denies: the surveillance of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the years before he shot and killed President John F. Kennedy.

Source: The New JFK Files Reveal How the CIA Tracked Oswald | Alternet

The surveillance of Oswald led the CIA to use him in an operation against the Fair Play for Cuba Committee in the summer of 1963.

Tomorrow: Oswald and the Fair Play for Cuba Committee

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The Age on James Jesus Angleton

Jefferson Morley’s account is a compelling study in eminence grise: the spectre in the government machine.

Source: The Ghost review: Jefferson Morley’s life of CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton

The legacy of James Angleton, godfather of mass surveillance

With professional thoroughness, Cram plumbed the depths of a deep state archive and returned with a story of madness that the CIA prefers to keep hidden, even 40 years later.

Source: Documents Reveal the Complex Legacy of James Angleton, CIA Counterintelligence Chief and Godfather of Mass Surveillance

Today only: discount ebook edition of ‘The Ghost’

The Ghost by Jefferson MorleyToday, January 3, THE GHOST is available as an ebook for only $2.99 (compared to the regular price of $14.99 )

Visit your favorite ebook retailer on that day to take advantage of the one-day special price.

ZR-RIFLE and the assassination of JFK

A talk by Bill Simplich and Larry Hancock about the CIA’s assassinaton program.

One day discount deal on Kindle edition of ‘The Ghost’

For one day only:  On January 3, THE GHOST will be available as an ebook priced at $2.99.  Visit your favorite ebook retailer on that day to take advantage of the one-day special price.

Was James Angleton a KGB mole?

The counterintelligence chief was suspected of being a Soviet spy, so the CIA investigated.

My new story in The intercept.