Assassination

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

New JFK files illuminate CIA penetration of Miami Herald

“One declassified document shows the CIA had granted Provisional Security Approval to Bohning on Aug. 21, 1967, and Covert Security Approval on Nov. 14 of the same year.”

Source: JFK Docs: Former Miami Herald editor’s ties to CIA confirmed | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Some positive attributes of the extension of the JFK Act

Bill Kelley looks on the bright side: Read more

Summers vs. Hitchens on JFK

Anthony Summers rather gets the best of the late Christopher Hitchens in this 1991 BBC Show on Oliver Stone’s movie.

How the still-secret JFK files provide clues to the crime

Rex Bradford of the Mary Ferrell Foundation made some important points about the JFK files in this conversation with Jeff Schectman of WhoWhatWhy Radio.

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The Mary Ferrell Foundation breaks down the new JFK files

Rex Bradford of the Mary Ferrell Foundation gives guidance what has–and has not–been made public in the JFK files. Read more

After Trump’s big promise, 15,834 JFK files remain secret

Last October 26, President Trump was a happy tweeter:


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New JFK documents fill in some blanks and leave many others

The latest release of JFK files includes more than 15,000 documents that still have redactions. What is the CIA still hiding?

“The past 25 years have taught us much more about the cover up than the crime itself, in particular the ways in which scary but false information about Lee Harvey Oswald created what might be termed a national security cover up,” said Rex Bradford, president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation, which runs a searchable online archive of JFK assassination documents.

Source: New JFK docs fill in blanks on events around assassination | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Trump boasted he’d open all JFK files, but now says he can’t 

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump boasted last fall that he would open all remaining John F. Kennedy assassination records. So far, Trump hasn’t made good on the “great transparency” he promised then.

Source: Trump boasted he’d open all JFK files, but now says he can’t | Boston Herald

In latest JFK files,  Angleton and stuff that makes you go ‘huh?’ 

Glenn Garvin of the Miami Herald cuts to the chase in the JFK  files feeding frenzy: Read more

CIA man David Phillips as you’ve never seen him

David Phillips

David A. Phillips

While many JFK files remain secret, some of the new JFK files, released this week, do contain material that has never been seen before. For example, the administrative file of David Phillips. Phillips, a top CIA officer in 1963, later dissembled under oath about what he knew of Lee Harvey Oswald. A trusted CIA agent says he saw Phillips with Lee Harvey Oswald two months before JFK was killed.

Many pages about Phillips’s career that were once secret are now open.