On Tuesday I filed a another declaration with Judge Richard Leon in the case of Morley v. CIA. As a legal document it is a bit dry but it does summarize both the public benefit and the historical significance of what the lawsuit has uncovered.
The 18-page declaration, the tenth I have submitted to the court since filing the lawsuit in 2003, documents the widespread media coverage the case has generated and focuses the court’s attention on the the sensitivity of Joannides’s undercover work in late 1963 in the immediate aftermath of JFK’s assassination.
The Joannides files shed new light on certain CIA covert operations that counterintelligence chief James Angleton hid from investigators after President Kennedy was killed. According to Tim Weiner, author of “Legacy of Ashes,” a best-selling history of the CIA, Angleton’s actions constituted “an obstruction of justice.”
The declaration concludes:
“…. the information generated by Morley v. CIA complements and enhances what is known about the CIA in this period, shedding new light on James Angleton’s alleged obstruction of justice in the investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy. As the appellate court stated, “Records about individuals allegedly involved in President Kennedy’s assassination serve a public benefit.”
Read it here.