As a historian of the Cold War, I found these comments by retired KGB officer Nikolai Leonov, to be fascinating. Whatever you think of his ideological convictions,Leonov was an effective secret intelligence professional for decades, a foe that CIA men like James Angleton and Win Scott had to respect..
Poulgrain questions how history would have unfolded if the US had not trained the Indonesian military to be a pro-Western ‘state within a state’. This action paved the way for the brutal Suharto regime which unleashed the bloody anti-communist purges of 1965-66. Moreover, he asks the intriguing question of what would have happened if Kennedy had dodged the assassin’s bullet and survived to implement his alternative strategy to use massive civic aid to bring the archipelago into the Western camp
In advance of tonight’s CNN Republican presidential debate, Peter Dale Scott has this question for the candidates:
“How can we best fulfill what we now know to have been the intentions of Robert Kennedy with respect to his brother’s murder?” Read more
By setting up a series of straw men, adopting a supercilious tone, and ignoring new evidence, Dale Myers manages to unpleasantly restate the official theory of a lone gunman in a way that makes it less convincing than ever.
Fifty-two long years, and still nothing to exonerate Oswald or uncover the so-called “true conspirators.”
Myers is correct on one point: there is no proof beyond a reasonable doubt that any specific named individual conspired to kill President Kennedy. This factual statement also applies to Lee Oswald.
You can count on a good Hollywood director to “cut to the chase.”
In this far-ranging interview, Alan Dale speaks with the esteemed Malcolm Blunt, an independent investigator of the truth with an unbiased instinct for what is important–and what is not –in the details of President Kennedy’s assassination.
No one knows more about the CIA bureaucracy and how it functioned in the Kennedy era than this wise and funny and generous man.
In Part 2 of this 3-part series in WhoWhatWhy , President Kennedy learns of Dulles’s involvement in plotting to overthrow de Gaulle, and assures the French of his support for de Gaulle, while issuing a warning:
From a faithful reader: “Gary used his expert knowledge with uncommon grace and skill – not only with his co-workers (of higher and lower rank), but with the media (thanks in part to his own radio/TV experience)….. Read more
Dan Hardway offers another gem of historic audio to our discussion of how Allen Dulles came to be named to the Warren Commission. He cites this phone call that President Johnson made to Allen Dulles on November 29, 1963, informing him he would be on the Commission.
Listen to the conversation here:
Anthony Summers writes from Ireland:
In Washington Decoded, David Barrett questions the sourcing of a passage regarding CIA director Walter Bedell Smith in The Arrogance of Power, my biography of Richard Nixon. He further refers to that book as being “replete with badly-sourced stories.” Read more
A reader responds to my post on the latest developments in Morley v. CIA with these observations::
“Jeff, for what it’s worth, I have appeared before Judge Leon several times. I have found him to be fair, honest and willing to step outside the box in needed. I would not prefer any other judge on that court, except perhaps Ricky Roberts.”
One of the most incisive introductions to the complexity of the JFK assassination story comes not from America but Britain. See the Web site 22 November 1963 for a clear understanding of the worst U.S. intelligence failure between Pearl Harbor and September 11. (H/T Jeremy)
One mystery of JFK assassination story is why accused assassin Lee Oswald was not photographed when he visited the Embassy of the Soviet Union in Mexico City two months before President Kennedy was killed in Dallas.
The CIA had three photographic surveillance bases to take pictures of visitors to the Embassy. Oswald visited the Embassy at least twice in an unsuccessful effort to obtain a visa. But the CIA says no photograph of Oswald was taken.
The photo to the right, which CIA personnel in Mexico City mistakenly linked to Oswald, depicted a man who was never conclusively identified.
In 1978 investigators from the House Select Committee on Assassinations Read more
“Purpose—To solve the mystery of the 6.5 mm “metallic” object on President John F. Kennedy’s anterior-posterior (AP) skull X-ray. This image was not seen or reported during the official autopsy on November 22, 1963 [JFK Facts emphasis added], but first appeared in the historical record in 1968 with the release of the Clark Panel Report.”
Source: Open Journal Systems
“According to investigative journalist Jim Marrs, a new study of JFK’s autopsy reveals falsification of X-ray evidence. Marrs, author of the best-selling book, “Crossfire,” claims that the famous bullet fragment depicted in the autopsy X-ray is an artifact superimposed on the X-ray after JFK’s autopsy.