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Coming soon: the CIA’s files on the Watergate burglars

Howard Hunt

Howard Hunt, burglar

A search of the online JFK database reveals the existence of more than 700 pages on the CIA connections of four of the Watergate burglars. The most notorious was Howard Hunt, a career CIA officer, prolific novelist and acerbic conservative critic of JFK’s Cuba policy. The agency has three operational files, three folders and two interviews concerning Hunt, a total of 391 pages of material.

Source: Donald Trump and the Kennedy Assassination: America’s Most Powerful Conspiracy Theorist Will Decide Fate of Secret JFK Trove.

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Dealey Plaza eyewitness: ‘People were running to the grassy knoll’


As a thirteen year old girl, Tina Towner went to Dealey Plaza with her parents on November 22, 1963 to see President Kennedy . She filmed the motorcade with a movie camera as it turned on to Elm Street.  Here’s what she recorded.

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JFK Most Wanted: Dave Phillips’ CIA operations files

David Phillips

David A. Phillips, chief of CIA anti-Castro covert operations in 1963

David Phillips was a failed actor turned expatriate newspaper publisher in Santiago, Chile when he was recruited into the CIA in the early 1950s. He made his mark fast. In 1955, he won a Distinguished Intelligence Medal, one of the agency’s highest honors, for mounting deceptive radio broadcasts in the CIA’s overthrow of the democratically elected government of Guatemala in 1954.

After that his CIA career took off. With Howard Hunt, Phillips served as propaganda chief in the CIA’s failed effort to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs In April 1961. When he was assigned to Mexico City in 1962, station chief Win Scott described him as “the finest covert action officer I have ever met.”

After JFK’s assassination, Scott was not so complimentary and I suspect the reason why was Oswald’s curious handling of Oswald. .(I tell the story in my biography of Scott, Our Man in Mexico. Buy it here.)

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What we know about the coming JFK records release

Talbot sues CIA for records of Bill Harvey, assassination specialist

Willam King Harvery

Willam King Harvey, CIA officer

Journalist David Talbot has brought a federal complaint to obtain records on the ex-CIA official at the center of congressional investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.Talbot  says he asked the State Department and CIA for travel records and other documents about William “King” Harvey.

Source: Kennedy Assassination Intrigue Swirls in D.C. Federal Court

‘Props to the editors and management of Newsweek’

Reader Russ on my Newsweek piece (written with Rex Bradford) about President Trump and the trove of JFK records to be released in October. Read more

Antonio Veciana: the Army Intelligence connection

In his review of Trained to Kill, Bill Kelly calls attention to Antonio Veciana’s work for Army Intelligence. He nails the point that Veciana’s critics strive to avoid. Phillips did use the alias “Maurice Bishop” and his physical description of “Bishop” bore an uncanny resemblance to Phillips.

Kelly offers an original thesis, supported by documentation: Read more

More on KGB man and Oswald

About the recent post on KGB officer Nikolai Leonov’s encounter with Lee Oswald, former Warren Commission attorney David Slawson comments: Read more

Who was Valery Kostikov?

Was he a KGB assassin? Did he have contact with Lee Harvey Oswald before the assassination of President Kennedy?

Some answers from my piece (co-authored by Rex Bradford)  in Newsweek:  “America’s most powerful conspiracy theorist will decide the fate of CIA trove.”

Think there’s nothing significant in these JFK records? Think again.

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Angleton and the Nixon White House tapes

Joseph Cannon asks:

“Why didn’t Nixon burn the tapes in his possession? Because he knew that he didn’t have the only copies. Strong evidence suggests that those recordings were held by CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton.”

Source: Cannonfire

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On the deathbed contortions of Howard Hunt


This is an edited version of Howard Hunt’s much-touted “deathbed confession” about the assassination of JFK.

Hunt insinuates, without supporting evidence, that certain CIA officers and Lyndon Johnson were involved in the killing of President Kennedy.

On the one hand, Hunt, ringleader of the Watergate burglars, knew the underbelly of American power as well as anyone. What he says about November 22 is provocative, and not implausible.

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The Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief will decide the fate of secret JFK documents 

He’s called global warming a hoax, suggested that Barack Obama was not an American and linked autism to childhood vaccinations. And soon, President Donald Trump, America’s most powerful conspiracy theorist, will decide the fate of more than 113,000 pages of secret documents about the ultimate conspiracy theory: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

Source: The Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief Will Decide the Fate of Secret Documents on JFK’s Assassination | Alternet

Twitter fingers on the Grassy Knoll

Donald Trump, America’s most powerful conspiracy theorist will soon decide the fate of secret documents about the ultimate conspiracy theory: the Kennedy assassination.

Source: Donald Trump and the Kennedy Assassination: America’s Most Powerful Conspiracy Theorist Will Decide Fate of Secret JFK Trove

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Was JFK’s motorcade route changed before November 22?

The question comes from Kirk.

I’ve seen various answers and do not recall what Vince Palamara has said. So rather than reply, I will print concise and documented answers from knowledgable readers.

“Concise” means less than 500 words. “Documented” means with links to relevant documentation or page citations from relevant books. Read more

Plots against Castro and the JFK case: a CIA agent’s story

He is a native of Cuba, who now resides in Miami, FL. He is 88 years old and in failing health. He insisted that he wrote the book because he no longer feared a Cuban-inspired assassination attempt on himself. Veciana said it was time to reveal “the truth about his double life.”

Source: Plots against Castro and the JFK case: a CIA agent’s storyLos Angeles Post-Examiner