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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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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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‘Compulsively readable, often bizarre true-life story of an American spymaster’

The Ghost is the compulsively readable, often bizarre true-life story of American spymaster James Jesus Angleton – the CIA’s poetry-loving, orchid-gardening mole-hunter for almost 20 years. Capturing the extent of Angleton’s eccentricity, duplicity and alcohol-fueled paranoia would have challenged the writing skills of a Le Carre or Ludlum, and Jeff Morley has done it with flair. This important book depicts the trail of wreckage left behind by Angleton in a CIA career that involved him in virtually every major spy-versus-spy drama of the Cold War and drew him deeply into the mysteries of the Kennedy assassination and the murder of one of JFK’s mistresses.”
Philip Shenon, author of A Cruel and Shocking Act

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A dissenting note on Angleton and ‘the Wilson Plot’

Robin writes to take issue with my recent post on James Angleton and the resignation of British Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1974.

“Greetings from the UK. I co-wrote a book about “The Wilson plots’: Smear: Wilson and the Secret State. Of course we dealt with the Angleton fantasies about Harold Wilson. A number of points needed to be noted. Read more

Was James Angleton a KGB mole?

I get this question a lot, most recently from reader Peter.

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Deep State Chronicles: Angleton and the Wilson Plot

One of the stories I will tell in The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton is how the British secret intelligence services pressured Harold Wilson, the leftist Labour leader, into retiring early.

Some would credit Angleton with good counterintelligence instincts. Others might see a witch hunt or the workings of the so-called “deep state.” In any case, it was vintage Angleton, as Alex Cockburn explains.

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Pre-order now: ‘The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton’

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James Angleton, chief of the CIA’s Counterintelligence Staff.

At the Future of Freedom Foundation’s recent conference on “The National Security State and JFK,” I previewed one of the best stories from my forthcoming biography of James Angleton: How Lee Harvey Oswald became enmeshed in the Angleton’s legendary “mole hunt” in which he pursued a KGB spy in the ranks of the CIA.

If Oswald was a “lone nut,” as cliché would later have it, he was that rare isolated sociopath of interest to the CIA’s Counterintelligence Staff.

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Secret JFK document #2: James Angleton’s testimony

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Counterintelligence chief James Angleton

On January 22, 1976. retired CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton testified in secret session with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities, otherwise known as the Church Committee.

Forty two years later, the 74 page transcript of Angleton’s testimony is still a state secret, according to the Mary Ferrell Foundation’s comprehensive listing of still-classified JFK material.

Angleton’s testimony, scheduled to be released in October of this year, could not be more important to JFK assassination scholarship.

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Pre-order now: The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton

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James Angleton, spymaster

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CIA and JFK: Bob Baer talks with Jefferson Morley and Dan Hardway, Part 1

Listen as Baer, the decorated ex-CIA man, tells host Fernand Amandi his theory that “Castro Sorta Done It”

Morley, author of a forthcoming biography of CIA spymaster James Angleton, replies the History Channel series “JFK Declassified” lacks balance, at least so far.

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Angleton and the CIA’s illicit mail surveillance program

Although this account does not mention James Angleton, the CIA Counterintelligence Chief (1954-74) was the man who expanded and oversaw the opening of the mail of U.S. citizens for nearly 20 years. In 1977, the Justice Department decided not to indict him.

Source: The Justice Department refused to prosecute CIA for illegal surveillance

The Assassination & Mrs. Paine 

 

Here’s why: As the CIA’s James Angleton monitored the movements of the ex-defector Lee Oswald in the fall of 1963, Oswald came in contact with the Paines, a family familiar with the CIA milieu.

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Literary (CIA) agents at work

In Literary Agents, Patrick Iber of the New Republic delves into the role of the CIA in the culture Cold War. He doesn’t specifically mention the role of Cord Meyer and James Angleton but they were probably the two CIA officials most responsible for CIA cultural funding between 1954 and 1967,

Iber captures what was most problematic about the CIA’s role, something I will touch on in my forthcoming Angleton biography.

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