7 JFK files the CIA still keeps secret

It is not a theory that the CIA is still keeping secrets about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

It is a documented fact.

Here is what is known about seven key JFK files — containing more than 3,000 pages of material — that the CIA is keeping out of public view on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death.

1) Files on the interrogation of Yuri Nosenko

Yuri Nosenko, KGB

Yuri Nosenko

Yuri Nosenko was an officer in the Soviet KGB who defected to the United States in April 1964, shortly after the assassination of JFK. Nosenko said that he had seen the files that the KGB compiled on accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in his two and a half year residence in the Soviet Union between 1959 and 1962. The Soviet intelligence service had not recruited or used him as an agent, Nosenko said.

Deputy CIA Director Richard Helms told Chief Justice Earl Warren that he could not vouch for the accuracy of Nosenko’s claims exculpating the KGB. This left open the possibility that Nosenko was a false defector sent by the Soviet Union to obscure its role in JFK’s assassination.

According to the CIA’ s website, Helm said, “It did strike me at the time that it would be a great mistake for the Warren Commission to shape its findings on the basis of a statement made by a man whose bona fides we could not establish.”

Yet what the CIA learned from its interrogation of Nosenko remains secret 50 years later.

According to the National Archives’ online JFK data base, the CIA has 36 files on the interrogation of Nosenko, amounting to 2,224 pages of material. None of these records have ever been made public.

Was Nosenko telling the truth? Or lying? The CIA doesn’t want you to know.

2) The files of William King Harvey,

Bill Harvey

Bill Harvey

Bill Harvey was one of the most highly regarded CIA officers of his generation. One colleague described him as “a man without sentiment, considerable stamina, great determination [and] high-skilled” and “a gun nut.” His contempt for President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy was not disguised.

When the CIA wanted to create an organization capable of carrying out assassinations in 1960, they gave it the code name of ZR-RIFLE and put Harvey in charge.

When Harvey’s CIA colleague John Whitten was asked by investigators why Harvey might have told his wife to destroy his papers after his death, Whitten replied, “He was too young to have assassinated McKinley and Lincoln. It could have been anything.”

According to the National Archives online JFK data base, the CIA retains a 123-page file on Harvey’s operations.

David Phillips

David A. Phillips

3) David Atlee Phillips’s operational files.

David Phillips was a trust fund kid from Fort Worth, Texas, who was recruited into the CIA in the 1950s and won a medal for his clever work in the CIA’s overthrow of the government of Guatemala in 1954. With Howard Hunt, Phillips went on to play a leading role in the CIA’s failed effort to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs In April 1961.

Phillips had an interesting role in the JFK story. Working undercover in Mexico City in 1963, Phillips was involved in the pre-assassination surveillance of Oswald. There is also a credible but uncorroborated report from a Cuban who worked with the CIA in 1963 who said he saw Phillips in the company of Oswald in Dallas in September 1963.

Phillips went on to become the chief of CIA operations in Latin America. Upon his retirement in 1975, he established himself as one of the most prominent public defenders of the CIA. To defend the agency’s reputation, he founded an organization, the Association of Foreign Intelligence Officers, which still exists today.

When Congress re-opened the JFK investigation in 1976, Phillips’s inconsistent, inaccurate, and evasive answers to questions about Oswald prompted JFK investigator Gaeton Fonzi to allege that Phillips was guilty of perjury in the case of the murdered president.

Phillips denied it but he did say late in life that he thought JFK was killed by unnamed “rogue” CIA officers.

Phillips, who died in 1987, also knew how to arrange an assassination. In 1998, the non-profit National Security Archive obtained and posted CIA documents showing that Phillips, at the direction of CIA director Richard Helms and President Nixon, had worked with ultra-right-wing Chilean military officers responsible for an assassination in October 1970.

A search of the online JFK database of the National Archives shows that the CIA retains four files containing 606 pages of material on Phillips,

4) The files of Anne Goodpasture

Anne Goodpasture

Anne Goodpasture

Anne Goodpasture was a career CIA officer who served in 1963 as the top aide to Winston Scott, the longtime chief of the agency’s station in Mexico City. She also worked closely with David Phillips.

When the CIA’s photo and audio surveillance monitors picked up on the curious actions of a man identifying himself as “Lee Oswald” in September and October 1963, the reports were sent to Goodpasture. Thus Goodpasture became acquainted with Oswald’s political views, personal history and contacts seven weeks before JFK was killed.

When first questioned by JFK investigators in the 1970s, Goodpasture denied that the Mexico City station had tapes of Oswald’s phone calls. She later changed her story and admitted, under oath, her role in disseminating the tapes after the assassination.

According to the National Archives online JFK data base, the CIA has a 286-page file of Goodpasture’s operational activities that has never been made public.

5) Howard Hunt’s operational files.

Howard Hunt

E. Howard Hunt

E. Howard Hunt was a career CIA officer known for his prolific prose and conservative politics. In 1961, he was a leader of the CIA’s failed effort to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. Embittered by what he regarded as JFK’s failure to support the invasion, Hunt wrote a book “Give Us This Day,” which castigated JFK’s Cuba policy as “shame-faced.”

In 1963 he worked at CIA headquarters in Washington. He was close to David Phillips.

Hunt became famous in 1972 when he was arrested for running a burglary team breaking into the offices of the Democratic Party in the Watergate office complex in Washington. Hunt and the burglars were paid and apparently directed by President Richard Nixon and his aides. In the resulting scandal, Hunt all but blackmailed the CIA by threatening to talk in court about what he described as “numerous highly Illegal conspiracies” in which he had participated.

Later in life Hunt made cryptic remarks about a possible CIA plot to kill JFK in 1963 that he called “the Big Event.” Hunt’s comments can be seen and heard on YouTube, Hunt was convicted burglar and a scoundrel so his testimony has to be handled with care.

Was Hunt involved in a JFK conspiracy?

The question cannot be answered definitively because the CIA retains six files containing 332 pages of material on Hunt, according to the National Archives’ online JFK data base,

6) The files of David Sanchez Morales

David Morales

David Morales

David Morales was a career CIA officer who served as the chief of operations at the CIA’s Miami station in 1963 where he worked with David Phillips and Howard Hunt. He later served in Laos and Vietnam where he gained a reputation as a skillful and deadly soldier.

In retirement, Morales did not often speak of his CIA exploits but when a friend referred to Kennedy’s assassination, he reportedly said, “We took care of that son of a bitch, didn’t we?”

According to the National Archives’ online JFK data base, the CIA has a 61-page file on Morales that has never been made public.

7) The files of George Joannidess.

George Joannides

George Joannides

In 1963, Joannides, an undercover officer, worked for David Phillips and he worked with David Morales. His job title was chief of psychological warfare operations at the CIA’s Miami station; his job was running agents.

Joannides handled the CIA’s contacts with the Cuban Student Directorate, an anti-Castro exile group whose members tangled with Oswald in New Orleans in the summer of 1963. The group, responsive to CIA discipline, publicized Oswald’s pro-Castro ways before and after JFK was killed.

Yet, as the New York Times reported in 2009, the CIA did not tell the Warren Commission that the CIA, via Joannides, had a financial relationship with Oswald’s anti-Castro antagonists.

When Congress reopened the JFK investigation in 1978, the CIA called Joannides out of retirement to serve as liaison to investigators. He revealed nothing about what he knew of contacts between Oswald and his agents, which HSCA general counsel G. Robert Blakey said constituted obstruction of Congress. In 1981 Joannides received the Agency’s Career Intelligence Medal. He died in 1990.

In the course of my lawsuit seeking Joannides’s records, the CIA acknowledged that it retains more than 50 documents about Joannides’s actions in 1963 and 1978 that it will not make public — for reasons of “national security.”

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See also:

“1,100 JFK files ignored in Obama push to open records,” (JFK Facts, May 14, 2013)

 

 

95 comments

  1. Dan says:

    All of these files should be released by the 50th anniversary. And there should be investigation of other missing files, such as the Domestic Contact files from New Orleans that were reported to have been loaded in a U-Haul trailer and driven to CIA Headquarters, and never seen again.

    • larrywheeler says:

      The Information council of the Americas files were moved out of New Orleans during Garrison’s investigation to California. Bannister’s files were immediately taken from his office on 544 camp street and all that was left was some fair play for Cuba leaflets like the ones Oswald passed out to build up his “pro-castro” cover before he went to Dallas.

  2. Marcus Hanson says:

    I am an LN,but support Jeff’s valiant efforts to shed light on various matters.
    As for Hunt’s “deathbed confession” to his son, though – it just does not ring true.
    Any reference to the Corsican theory is nonsense: Steve Rivele will not discuss it now. I believe that’s due to fear – not for his safety,but the understandable fear of looking like a very sloppy and rather gullible researcher.

  3. Neil Hodges says:

    I applaud your efforts to get classified JFK related files released to the public. After 50 years, what legit reason could be given for keeping that stuff classified?

    On the other hand, I’m not expecting the release of these files to settle many questions about the Kennedy assassination. There might be some valuable information in those files but I doubt they contain a smoking gun relating to the JFK assassination. Any loose ends leading back to the CIA would most likely be severed by now. Any incriminating official documents would have been destroyed.

  4. Photon says:

    Why not release all of the CIA files from 1960-1968?
    I am sure that there is some mention of JFK and his assassination in many of them, the Agency had to look into all possible intel associations plus the ramifications of change in intel strategy as LBJ took over-the first being termination of attempts to kill Castro.
    You can forget about the files of Nosenko as they involve specific interrogation techniques and information that can never be made public. In addition, the whole affair was a fiasco because of Angleton’s obsession with moles and double agents; the Agency is not one for hanging out dirty laundry.
    You forget that all of these files contain sensitive national security data totally unrelated in any way to JFK or his assassination.

    • Jason L. says:

      I would be for that. What could be that sensitive after 50 years and a totally changed geopolitical situation? The Russians already no doubt know virtually all of it anyway. The main people in the dark are the domestic population (which is true for most currently classified materials).

    • Dan says:

      The current executive order requires automatic declassification at 50 years unless a special plea is made for longer secrecy. In response to the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act, CIA ultimtely decided to place all the OSS records in the Archives where they are open to public inspection- double agents and all. This will eventually happen with CIA and other intelligence records as well- it is only a matter of the timing.

    • Neil Hodges says:

      After 50 years, the “National Security” excuse is lame.

      The Cold War ended over 20 years ago. The US has normal relations with Vietnam. Most of the details about the plots to kill Castro have been declassified. With regard to files from 50 years ago, what National Security risk exists today?

      • Paul Turner says:

        I think “National Security” can be translated to mean “So I don’t get caught”(when we think of that phrase being used relative to the JFK Asassination files.)

    • JSA says:

      I have said this before, that after 50 years, even the Nosenko files should be released. Most people already can find information on his being held down near York, VA for interrogation. If you look at the timeframe of JFK’s assassination, it was 22 years after Pearl Harbor was attacked. I believe all of the intelligence concerning that attack, including prior to and the aftermath of it, is now publicly available, and has been for about 20 years at least. Using those standards, all CIA files concerning JFK that Morley is trying to get public access to should be released. Period.

      If you get too hung up with “police state” security you conceivably could keep facts and files in the can, sealed up from the Civil War, even going back to the War of 1812—-and that’s ridiculous. JFK’s assassination is of historic importance. If CIA won’t release the files, we should press Congress to force the issue. Whose country is it anyway?

    • S.R. "Dusty" Rohde says:

      “the Agency is not one for hanging out dirty laundry.”

      By dirty laundry, do you mean like illegally forging the documents and history of Nazi Scientists from the Nazi Military Industrial Complex? Forging the documents so that these Nazi’s could be secretly shuffled into the USA? Nazi’s like General Walker maybe? An industrial complex that JFK was attempting to put a leash on? The same Military Industrial complex that took us into Vietnam after JFK’s assassination?

      And you wonder why people question the CIA witholding their records…can’t imagine.

    • Jay sutherland says:

      Since you seem to defend the powers that be at every turn …explain the utter incompetence of the cia and fbi with respect to the 9-11 hijackers whom they could not find , after being tipped off ….even tnough some where listed in US phone books prior to 9-11?

    • Gerry Simone says:

      We just want these seven. An independent board like the ARRB can cherry pick the info relevant to the JFK assassination and leave out interrogation techniques and the such for the sake of current national security.

    • Terry says:

      Photon how do you know what’s in the files and that there totally unrelated in any way?

  5. Winston Smith says:

    Good post. Albert Osborne is another one who has several files in the NARA database referred and postponed in full and he’s been dead for years. Also there are many files on the Paines that are still withheld – their tax returns for example, but also some referring to Oswald and his contacts. Why?

  6. bugle boy says:

    Some WWI era documents were just released two years ago, after nearly a century. Based on that, it’s not particularly surprising that CIA docs from 50 years ago haven’t been declassified yet.

    • JSA says:

      I don’t know if you were making a moral judgement or just citing what you know, Bugle Boy, but CIA wasn’t around during WW1. For those arguing a negative (“Jimmy lied to his teacher so why shouldn’t I?”) doesn’t cut it. These files from 50 years ago hold nothing of importance, security-wise, as almost everyone directly related in them is dead. The only threat they pose today is to the CIA’s historical legacy. From the information that people like Senator Frank Church got out over 35 years ago however, I think we all know that CIA has done some pretty heinous things. And from what we know of what former President Harry Truman wrote about the Agency going way beyond what he wanted when he oversaw their creation, in 1947, I think a good case could be made for trimming and slimming down CIA’s power, particularly its covert operations. Here is a link to Harry Truman’s OP/ED, entitled: “Limit CIA Role to Intelligence), which Allen Dulles tried to persuade the former President to not publish:
      http://www.maebrussell.com/Prouty/Harry%20Truman's%20CIA%20article.html

      • Kelley says:

        The files could contain information that may implicate people who are currently still living. Perhaps that is why they haven’t been released yet.

        • Jordan says:

          Does current U.S. legal doctrine not include a suspension of limitation period for cause of action that was/is fraudulently concealed…?

  7. Ronnie Wayne says:

    Then there are those we will never see in any form. Like the roughly 200 page debriefing file on Johnny Roselli from when his association with the CIA was terminated. That was heavily redacted with limited access even within the CIA. The officer reporting this said at that at a later date it wasn’t there anymore. From Flawed Patriot: Bill Harvey, written by a agent who worked for Harvey.

    • Ronnie Wayne says:

      Just re-reading old post’s. Thought this one relevant to a current discussion. I.E., what about that two day getaway with Rosseli on the ocean off Florida in April 63′?

      • Ronnie Wayne says:

        Even though he is not technically in the CIA, considering his Mafia role in the Castro assassination attempts make his file too important. Why was it destroyed by the CIA?

  8. Alex S says:

    A little typo up there on Phillips… He founded not the Association of Foreign Intelligence Officers, but the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

    Of course, it’s wiser to take the “Former” with the same grain of salt as the idea that Hunt was working for Nixon (as opposed to working for Helms, AGAINST Nixon).

    As a history student, I have been having an internal debate the value of the Hunt confession; clearly the details are spurious, but I wonder if it can at least be taken as historical evidence of Hunt’s own involvement (probably on a greater scale than he admitted to). Aside from the dubious nature of the “Corsican gunman” element, my instinct on the conspiracy model Hunt presented was that he sought to divert attention from his mentor and benefactor Allen Dulles towards LBJ, even if it meant fingering his old friends Phillips and Morales.

  9. Bill Simpich says:

    Great article. One item that should be added to the discussion is the tens of thousands – maybe the number goes into six figures – of documents that are largely redacted or have key words cut out.

    Look at the CIA Inspector General’s Report from 1964, almost fifty years old, almost everything hidden from the public.
    https://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=16046&relPageId=6

    • Dan says:

      Bill, that is an excellent point. There are extensive redactions in the already released JFK Assassination Records at the Archives, and these redactions must be released as well to have any approximation of full disclosure.

    • leslie sharp says:

      Bill, Mine is pure speculation: could these files contain evidence of operations and/or styles of operations that are ongoing? Even if the redactions cover individuals who are now deceased, the entities with which they were associated could be fully functioning, albeit under new identities, and can still be tracked. Thousands and thousands of businessmen were seconded for intelligence operations after WWII based on their access to relatively unimpeded international travel with the blessing and often the collaboration of their employers. Could these entities’ names be among the redactions?

  10. JR says:

    I am more interested in the Army and Navy intellegence files related to the assasination. Although both deny any assasination files exist, there is ample evidence that files do exist and have not seen the light of day.

  11. George Simmons says:

    We should all support Mr Morley’s lawsuit seeking Joannide’s records. They are obviously JFK assassination related and as such are being illegally witheld by the CIA.

    It has been shown that the CIA have misled and lied to the WC and the HSCA. This is the murder of a president and such behaviour should not be allowed to continue.

    • Photon says:

      Prove it.

      • George Simmons says:

        Prove what? That the CIA lied to and misled the WC and HSCA?
        I feel that the fact that neither the WC or the HSCA were informed of the CIA sponsorship of the DRE would prove that. And also putting forward George Joannides as liason to the HSCA without declaring his role in 1963 would also prove that.

      • JSA says:

        It has been shown that CIA has not let the Joannides documents be seen by the general public, and because they have not done so, many people have grown suspicious of CIA. THAT we can say with complete confidence.

      • Jason L. says:

        Even Robert Blakey says the CIA lied to him. The best book I’ve read documenting the various lies associated with the WC is Breach of Trust. It’s all there.

      • TLR says:

        Read this interview with Robert Blakey, especially toward the end:

        http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/biographies/oswald/interview-g-robert-blakey/

        “CIA clearly did lie about the case. For example, Helms lied about the case. The CIA appear to have been not cooperative, to have put out false photographs of Oswald, to have claimed they had no photographs of Oswald. There were many cases where they seem to have tried to cover their tracks.

        We also now know that the Agency set up a process that could only have been designed to frustrate the ability of the committee in 1976-79 to obtain any information that might adversely affect the Agency.

        Many have told me that the culture of the Agency is one of prevarication and dissimulation and that you cannot trust it or its people. Period. End of story.

        I am now in that camp.”

  12. S.R. "Dusty" Rohde says:

    Of particular interest would be why David Atlee Phillips was so worried about being identified (correctly or incorrectly) as Raul Salcedo.

  13. GERALD CAMPEAU says:

    I would like to see files on assassination team” within CIA, headed by a certain Colonel Boris Pash who would have followed LHO Russia sojourn, his last Gov. job June 1963

  14. Michael Flower says:

    What reason a half century later would there still be JFK files kept from the public , who paid for them ? Ask yourself why ? Jeff this is a great insight , and really liked this thread.

  15. Photon says:

    Gerald, your links don’t support your claims and seem to have nothing to do with your statements.Who was dag Hammarskj? If you can’t even take the effort to find out who the UN Secretary General was why should anybody believe your allegations? You obviously never caught my orthodox pun. Which reveals that you know little about Colonel Pash. Fortunately for the reputation of a dead patriot, I do.

  16. Robert Cox says:

    Great job, Jeff. We all need this summary in our back pocket to demonstrate to others the depth and breadth of the CIA’s mystifying determination to keep half-century-old secrets. Without an educated, clamoring public, it seems, these secrets will never be released. Thanks, and keep shining the light into those dark corners of this supposedly transparent government.

  17. Steven S. Barrada says:

    Great site.
    Food for thought(if not already known by your readers)
    1)Lee Oswald”s W-2″s are still CLASSIFIED-this gray,mousey little nobody’s tax returns are a matter of national security.This fact alone speaks volumes about who LHO was,and his purpose.
    2)The CIA is still resisting the court ordered release of over
    1500 pages of documents relevant to the case.
    3)At the behest of Jackie Kennedy and the Kennedy family many
    documents were to be witheld from release and publication for SEVENTY years.It is a straight line from the Business plot of the 1930′s(orchestrated by-JP Morgan,Prescott Bush,Averill Harriman,George Herbert Walker et al to overthrow the president FDR)
    to Dealey Plaza w/ the same interests and players.A coup that was never rolled back.

    • Brian LeCloux says:

      What documents are being withheld per the request of the Kennedys?
      I’ve never heard of this one before.
      Is that an additional classification component to federal law?

  18. suezz says:

    all these documents are nice and great to get released. but go to jfk murders solved dot com and we need a real medical forensic investigation outside of the governemt because they lie and cannot be trusted.

    we need to kennedy’s body exhumed and examine the head and try to find the brain so it can be determined where the shots came from.

    our government was taken over that day and all of kennedy’s policies were reversed. we to implement his policies and get our country back and be the power that the world excpects us to be.

    if we don’t do any of that everything else is just talk and basically hogwash.

    there is something sinister about our government that is deep down and we the people need to weed it out.

    every president that wanted to debt free currency for our great republic has been killed. there would of been a fifth if the assassin’s gun hasn’t misfired on Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson got this coutnry out of debt and got rid of the central bank.

    why was mccoy the president or ceo or whatever of a BANK put on the warren commission that was suppose to be a murder investigaion.

    I want my country back and I personally think we don’t have our country anymore and it is being run by criminals.

    • Perry says:

      Exhume the body of JFK, yes I agree, just to confirm it is Kennedy. They stole the body once, who knows it could have happened again prior to burial.

    • Paul Turner says:

      This case could come down to a combination of common-sense and facts. Didn’t Woodward and Bernstein use a lot of common sense thinking in their Watergate reporting?

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  20. Gerald Campeau says:

    I post Boris Pash Job Bio because his work from !958 to June 1963 has been hidden from public and lied about at Church Committie He had every reason to monitor LHO and do what his charter at PB/7 allowed him to do
    After the war, Pash held a number of important staff jobs, beginning
    in 1946 as the Chief of the Foreign Liaison for General
    MacArthur in Tokyo. In March 1949 he was detailed to the Central
    Intelligence Agency’s Office of Policy Coordination where he oversaw
    programs in West Germany for three years.17 Pash then ran
    special forces planning with the U.S. Forces in Austria from 1952-
    1953. He became the Sixth Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence
    from 1953-1956. In 1956 he joined the staff of the Assistant
    Secretary of Defense for Guided Missiles. Colonel Pash retired from
    the Army in 1957 but immediately embarked on a civilian career that
    would use his science and technology intelligence background. His
    first civilian job was Chief of the Eastern European and USSR Division,
    Quartermaster Technological Intelligence Agency. He transferred
    to the Army’s Foreign Science and Technology Center, retiring
    from the civil service in June 1963.

    • Gerald Campeau says:

      The secret to White Russian Boris Pash is his last 5 years employment as Civilion Chief of Technological Intelligence for Eastern European and USSR 1958 to June 1963 He used all his skills and assets gained from 18 years of counter-intelligence. planning assassinasions and working with and recruiting war criminals. There was no one better to handle Lee Harvey Oswald
      My Rockefeller Scenario would be David talking to John McCloy or Lewis Strauss, “Kennedy has become a big problem you have to get rid of him” John or Lewis reply “I have perfect man, got rid of Stalin, Dag Hammarskjold and pulled off U-2 WITHOUT A HITCH, BORIS PASH” David replied “Good Man if he needs any help he can call on Nelson’s cousin TRACY BARNES.
      This was not first collaboration of Barnes and Pash in 1944 there goal was Nazi scientist Heisenberg. Barnes role as head of Clandestine Domestic Operations CIA and Pash role as Military Intelligence for USSR brought them together FOR LHO OVERSIGHT

      • Gerald Campeau says:

        Colonol Boris T Pash committed Perjury At Church Committee Hearing and Senator Richard Schweiker by allowing Pash lies to go unchallenge sould be charged with obstruction of justice. It is not to late to get to truth and see Justise Served

  21. maxine howard says:

    I think the more important and telling documents were destroyed long time ago. There is reason to believe that they have already destroyed others,right? “I think this record ought to be destroyed.”— Warren Commissioner Allen Dulles

    I guess they could of inadvertently left something that could lead to the truth someday.

  22. Bobby Canady says:

    They should open all files to the public besides the files belong to the tax payers what’s the secrets all about and if they don’t you know exactly where to point the finger and its in plain sight

  23. Joseph Bond says:

    Lee Harvey Oswald murderd JFK by himself. No conspiracy. No evidence to prove otherwise. People have spent their lives looking for it. it’s not there because it does’nt exist.3 shots all from the depository.

  24. Jeff says:

    Jeff,

    In addition to your 7 key files, there may be another person to add whose has withheld files in the National Archives JFK database. The individual is Johnny Roselli.

    When searching the database for the Term “Roselli” and Restrictions “referred”, 66 records are listed. Many of these are currently categorized as Top Secret or Secret, Referred and Postponed in Full, which is more proof that key files need to be released. In addition, the listing of subjects included in these 66 files outlines topics such as William Harvey and anti-Castro groups.

  25. Glenn says:

    Oh certainly CIA is guarding. Our problem is that without blowing secrets we’ll never know, and blowing secret’s isn’t good. Of course I realize that we’re all to suppose that the Agency conveniently hides behind these euphemisms and ambiguities, but yes, there still are secrets that CIA must hide. I say this as one who concludes that CIA organized JFK’s public beheading, beside our lovely First Lady. I feel it’s idiotic to claim otherwise. But let CIA keep its more sensitive material, or else we’ll compound the terrible crime by inviting retributions against old people. And that’s not at all satisfactory.

  26. Ramon F Herrera says:

    For those of us who expect the records to be eventually opened, this is *very* troublesome:

    “To this day, the CIA says it did not have a relationship with Oswald and that it is not withholding anything important about the assassination from the public.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/15/opinion/sabato-jfk-assassination/

  27. Tony says:

    most all the american people are cowards an sheep an just believe what their told i see more people are starting too believe the Posner government story an thats totally full of you know what….way too many witnesses ignored cause they would not conform too the bull the government wanted us too beleive…witnesess killed way to many shady CIA an mafia figures their around Dealy Plaza that day…yeah thats not strange…Oswald just strolled out to be killed very light security for the worlds most wanted man again not strange at all…what a scam an so many of you are falling for it

  28. Tim Gratz says:

    Is it possible to compile a list of all JFK-related files that remain classified?
    Shouldn’t someone sue for the release of all of these documents?
    For instance I believe the HSCA deposition of William Seymour is still classified.
    The refusal to release LHO’s tax returns is IMO telling. It would almost seem evident that he was receiving money from an agency of the U.S., or from someone acting on behalf of the U.S.

  29. John Q. Parvenu says:

    Hello.

    This writer is, respectfully, at odds as to the relative importance of the above cited files, (as well as their subject personalities) vis-a-vis the identification the primum mobile behind the Kennedy assassination.

    Having expended some thousands of hours mired in the Horse Latitudes of the NARA JFK Database, I am convinced that the most important, i.e., potentially informative, JFK files are not even in CIA custody but are, for the most part, retained by the FBI who, after all, were tasked with carrying out the grunt-work of the JFK coverup (among so many others).

    These files remain, to employ the governments’ demure linguistics, “postponed in full.”

    The key questions then become: Who was/is the Bureau serving? And preserving?

    If tomorrow, we were to learn everything there is to know about the likes of Yuri Nosenko, George Joannidess, or even David Morales, the roles of whom are sideshows — at best — we would be no closer to identifying the forces (or faces) behind JFK’s murder!

    Cheers,

    JQP

    • leslie sharp says:

      JQP, I tend to align with your proposition, and believe that the more pertinent question is who had/has the ability to withhold those files rather than what might or not be recorded in them, if that makes any sense. The files themselves most likely reveal footprints and little else; for example O’Neal’s handling of information that could have changed history. For that reason, the pursuit of the files makes sense. However, I put little energy into anticipating specifics. I expect that those on the front lines in pursuit of the files will be savvy enough to read between the lines, otherwise they may be sorely disappointed. I view the court challenge from a separate angle … it could well establish precedent, and for that reason, I’m in support of the effort. Meanwhile, I’m with you … what about the FBI keepers of the domestic keys. There was a character in New Orleans, Bartlett I think was the name, who at the time was acting liaison between FBI and CIA who might well have had the answers … how did information pass back and forth. The problem is, by the very nature of the recruitment practice, the inculcation, I think it was and is difficult for these people to break through the wall of silence imposed on them from the outset of their training.

      • John Kirsch says:

        Leslie, my feeling about the files is — what if they are released, in full, and contain no information that really advances our knowledge of 11/22? is there a Plan B?

        • Photon says:

          Why would you need a Plan B if after 50 years nothing is in the files that supports your theories about CIA involvement in the assassination?

          • Gerry Simone says:

            If it doesn’t support complicity in the murder of JFK, it may reveal that there indeed was a cover-up for either NS reasons* or to hide negligence.

            *which may not settle the conspiracy question

        • leslie sharp says:

          Sorry John, I meant to emphasize that I’m interested in establishing transparency in government for future generations, but I’m highly skeptical that there is much in the files other than footprints, i.e. whose sigs on the routing slips basically. Any other hard information that might surface will still be subject to years of analysis and hypothesis … there will be no confessions in those files. For that reason, I think it is folly or worse to place such emphasis on unreleased files. However, if this effort ensures that in future, government is accountable to the people, I support it.

        • Gerry Simone says:

          What would be worse is that the files are so sanitized or redacted to such an extent that full disclosure doesn’t resolve the JFK assassination conspiracy question.

  30. S.R. "Dusty" Rohde says:

    In “Clay Shaw Unmasked: The Garrison Case Corroborated” (by Joan Mellen) we find…”There were two figures about whom (the) CIA was worried and decided to protect. One was marked the [Oswald file], and contained documents dating from April 1959, prior to Oswald’s departure for the Soviet Union. A period for which the CIA insisted it had no knowledge of him (LHO).

    (…OBSERVATION, the WC also promised in testimonies not to release letters between 1959-1963, which included letters between Lee and Marina and one Jim Martin).

    The other file (the) CIA concealed from the Curch committee had to do with [Jack Martin], who figured prominently in Jim Garrison’s investigation. The Office of Security revealed it had denied the Curch committee four sets of records from its “Vol.VI”. These files referred to a man named “Jack Martin” or “John G. Martin” or “Joseph James Martin”.

    Another CIA document refers to the Agencies use of the name “Jack Martin” as a [generic](alias), which was their term. As Louisiana HSCA Investigator L.J. Delsa, a former New Orleans homicide officer, explained to me, this is so you could never be certain you were dealing with the correct Jack Martin (or John, Joseph, James or Jim…any of which could also be J.Martin…my addition). Delsa concluded that Jack Martin was [hard core] CIA.”

    So here you have “generic” alias names Jack, John, Joseph, James (Jim) Martin being concealed from committee investigators. Then letters (pre-assassination letters) being witheld from the public (between a Jim Martin and Lee and Marina Oswald. And this is being done while a J. Martin visits Jack Ruby in jail and Marina is placed in protective custody of Jim Martin?

  31. Tommy Wilkens says:

    Lets once and for all also find out what role George de Mohrenschildt really played leading up to the assassination.What was his real connection to the CIA.What was really the truth behind his death and who was involved ?? The cassette tape that recorded his supposed suicide has been destroyed or so I have been told by The Florida State Attorneys Office. “If one can believe such a thing”. On that crucial piece of evidence foot steps can be heard on the hard wood floors of the Nancy Tilton home then a gun shot.Strange thing though in the death scene photo’s de Mohrenschildt is sitting dead with no shoes on only socks and no shoes are next to his body or even in the room were this took place.Second strange thing. No exit wound to de Mohrenschildt’s head after he had supposedly place the 20 gauge shot gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.Third strange thing .No finger prints were ever found on the shot gun he supposedly used to kill himself.No prints none. Fourth strange thing .Six people were in the Tilton home or with feet of it on the outside and no one heard a shot no one heard or seen a thing.Something is very fishy concerning this case.

    • Jonathan says:

      Tommy,

      I’ll bite. First, thanks for your information. I’ve not heard this before. What is (are) your source (sources) of information?

      If no fingerprints were found on the shotgun, that’s a giveaway.

      No exit wound? The entire back of the head should have been blown off. Are you sure?

      Tommy, please give us your bona fides. Your information is pretty explosive.

    • Ronnie Wayne says:

      It’s been a while since I’ve read about the details but if I remember correctly the positioning of the gun found at the scene was indicative of him not firing it (or impossible to do so).

    • John McAdams says:

      Most of the things you are calling “strange” aren’t strange at all. That seems to be a very subjective judgment on your part.

      As for:

      no one heard a shot no one heard or seen a thing.

      But a recording, made of a soap opera on TV so it could be listened to later, recorded the shot.

      But you aren’t doubting that he was shot, are you?

      As for the tape being destroyed, please post a citation for that.

  32. in honor of the late great John Judges pervasive pursuit of truth

  33. GM says:

    So as well as these CIA files, there is thought to be some NSA files that are relevant to JFK, as well as ONI files (Bill Kelly’s website has information on this). Have the FBI released all their files concerning the assassination of JFK?

    I read that the Russians gave Clinton KGB files on President Kennedy in the 1990s. Does anybody know if the Cubans have any intelligence files that might be relevant, for example reports on informants in the anti-Castro Cuban community in the USA? I have read that Escalante meet with researchers in the 1990s, and said that he had informants in this important group.

  34. Allen Lowe says:

    John McAdams wrote:

    But a recording, made of a soap opera on TV so it could be listened to later, recorded the shot.

    have you heard the recording? Do you own it? Citation, please, for its place in your personal collection; or a link to the sound file.

  35. Allen Lowe says:

    so, John, you’ve never seen or heard this tape; just hearsay, third hand knowledge of not just its existence but its content. Won’t work.

  36. Gary Sellars says:

    I wonder how much of all this verbiage would be on this page if everyone simply agreed, regarding the government, that “they’re all crooks and liars”?

  37. Joe Doe says:

    The reason the documents haven’t been released is because one of the main players is still alive…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bush_Center_for_Intelligence

    Why do you think they named the building after him?! He wasn’t even CIA director for a year!!!

  38. GERALD CAMPEAU says:

    http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=143
    On reviewing Pash comment on page 21 Church C they acted on news of plot of Jewish Dr. killing USSR leadership. This plot was uncovered Jan 13 1953, Stalin died March 5 1953 Pash LIED to Church Committee about this plot taking place well he was at CIA. HE was doing US Army SPECIAL FORCES PLANNING in Austria when Stalin died

  39. GERALD CAMPEAU says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag_Hammarskj%C3%B6ld
    Dear monitor things are getting weirder with research on Pash, he worked with guided missiles group in 1956. In 1961 dag Hammerskj plane was likely shot down

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