Assassination

Kennedy family believes CIA killed JFK, says RFK  Jr. in new book

RFK Jr. on his uncle’s murder

Since the publication of David Talbot’s groundbreaking book, Brothers, the story of Robert Kennedy’s suspicions about his brother’s murder have come to light.

RFK’s son shares those same suspicions, which he voiced in a Dallas appearance in 2013 and now details in a new book.

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What the Warren Commission avoided: the anti-racist Oswald

In his unpublished memoir, George de Mohrenschildt, an observant engineer and astute writer, talked about his friend Lee Oswald and his support for the civil rights movement Read more

Whitewash: JFK’s assassination in African-American eyes

Black Dealy Plaza

I’ve added a version of this poignant Dealey Plaza picture to the JFK Facts banner because I’d never really noticed its telling detail: a dozen African-Americans cheering the arrival of President Kennedy and First Lady Jackie in Dallas. Read more

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu receives JFK Profile in Courage 

JFK’s assassination capped a violent year in America. Read more

How the CIA protected a Watergate burglar

Richard Helms

Richard Helms

James McCord was the most important of the Watergate burglars, Bob Woodward once noted. As this declassified JFK file shows, McCord was the chief of the Office of Security, an experienced officer, with impressive security credentials.

He was protected by CIA director Dick Helms. Read more

‘Oswald was known to a dozen senior CIA officials’

I make a strong claim about the CIA and Lee Harvey Oswald in this video. I think the new JFK files corroborate my observation. But I’d like to get independent verification, preferably from a reputable fact-checking service like Snopes.

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How JFK sought to end the Cold War: with science


A friend passed this History News post with a comment.

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What the curious case of Richard Gibson tells us about Lee Harvey Oswald

I was on BBC 3 Radio yesterday talking about the curious case of Richard Gibson, co-founder of the leftist Fair Play for Cuba Committee and, it turns out, a longtime CIA spy.

The larger context of Gibson’s story, which I broke in Newsweek, tells us a lot about the CIA’s surveillance of Lee Oswald in 1963.  Read more

How the Black Vault advances JFK research

The Black Vault  has posted links to all the JFK files released on April 26 along with multiple releases in late 2017. The collection, including 121,258 PDF files, have been converted into a searchable format, and compiled into a search engine here.

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What do intellectuals and spies have in common?

More than you think. I’ll be talking about the strange relationship between the two on the BBC 3’s Free Thinking program today at 5 pm ET (10 pm London)

CIA outs a living literary spy in the new JFK files

He was Richard Gibson, journalist, novelist, co-founder of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, and cosmopolitan intellectual.

My story in Newsweek.

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Mystery solved: Gunnar Beckman, the Mexico City covert operator

The efficient miracle of crowdsourcing has answered my question: who was running covert operations in the CIA’s Mexico City station in 1963?

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A new clue about the CIA’s Mexico City operations

An eagle-eyed reader, responding to my last post about covert operators in Mexico City, notes that there is a slightly less redacted version of Ann Goodpasture’s Feb. 1977 memo. This version provides a clue.

Look:

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Who was running CIA covert operations in Mexico City in 1963?

MEXI operations

Sensitive source: A newly-released JFK file still conceals a key name.

Fifty five years later, this remains a highly sensitive question.

Take a look at page 9 of this lightly-redacted 1977 CIA memo, released last month by the National Archives. The name of a CIA officer who was running covert operations along with David Phillips in 1963, has been postponed for release until 2021.

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JFK files reveal US biological warfare plans against Cuba 

There lots of good stories in the JFK files, that have nothing do with JFK’s assassination. Jimmy Falls at WhoWhatWhy has one: Read more