I mentioned William Matson Law the other day, and I thought I should amplify. I want to recommend Law’s JFK research. It is lucid, original, factual and untainted by speculation. It is amazing that no one else had thought to conduct these essential interviews. Law went where news organizations and congressional investigations did not tread. The story he tells of the Kennedy autopsy speaks for itself.
In his own words: Read more
In the early 1960s, Antonio Veciana was the CIA’s man in Havana.
So begins my review in Newsweek: The CIA’s Secrets About JFK, Che, and Castro Revealed in New Book By Former Operative.
In the Soviet Union banned publications and writings that circulated privately were known as “samizdat” (Russian for “I self-publish”). Now that History Channel’s “JFK Declassified” has been taken off the air for unknown reasons, we must rely on samizdat reports to learn about what we cannot see.
Reader MDG reports the substance of episode 4: Read more
Reader Diana says “JFK Declassified” is showing in Canada. But not apparently in the United States. Why would that be?
“I watched in Canada the third episode of ‘Tracking Oswald’ on the History Channel last night Wed May 17,” she writes Read more
Most saliently, Reporting on the Kennedy Assassination offers an intimate look at Oltmans’s collaboration with de Mohrenschildt on the book that would later become Lee Harvey Oswald as I Knew Him, and at the circumstances surrounding de Mohrenschildt’s death and his possible implication in Oswald’s actions.
Be the first among your friends to pre- order this book and you will not be sorry. Read more
A reader, Richard, notes the most interesting observation made by CIA man Robert Baer in the otherwise disappointing “JFK Declassified.”
In a piece for the Daily Beast, How the KGB Duped Oliver Stone, Max Holland argues that an article published in an Italian newspaper in 1967 was a KGB disinformation operation that convinced the American people and Oliver Stone that JFK was killed by a CIA conspiracy.
There are many problems with this claim. I’ll just mention four. Read more
I was very impressed with some of the careful recalling and recording of detail in the book about some of Veciana’s activities. The detail adds to Veciana’s general credibility. That holds true through the first six chapters, and, in part, the last three. Some of those details give possible further confirmation of an association with Phillips.
John M. Newman, former U.S. Army intelligence analyst turned historian, has just published “Countdown to Darkness,” the second volume of his history of the JFK assassination. I’ll just say I learned how to report on the CIA and JFK from Newman 25 years ago and I’ve never stopped learning.
From the New York Times Book Review:
The spirit of James Jesus Angleton, the C.I.A.’s mole-obsessed counterintelligence chief during the peak years of the Cold War and evidently a mentor to Epstein (he’s mentioned several times), hovers over these pages.
That’s reviewer Nicholas Lemman’s way of casting doubt on Edward Epstein’s lightly sourced (to put it mildly) indictment of the NSA whistle blower. In other words, Epstein’s case against Snowden as a spy today is as unsuccessful as Angleton’s hunt for a Soviet mole in the 1960s.
My biography of Angleton, The Ghost, will be published in the fall of 2017. It can be preordered now.
Allen’s ascendency brought furtive characters, such as gun-toting William Harvey and cadaverous James Jesus Angelton, into a powerful global apparatus. Cold War ideology brooked no nationalist aspirations in any country wishing to control domestic politics and natural resources. A post-colonial era was emerging. But democratically elected nationalist leaders such as Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran and Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala were conveniently portrayed as communists. In both countries, the CIA orchestrated coups ensuring protection for profitable corporate oil interests and the United Fruit Co. The agency contributed to the killing of Patrice Lumumba, the charismatic Congolese leader who only wanted self-government for his beleaguered people.
In a closely-argued essay, Martin Hay criticizes the recent documentary, A Coup in Camelot, but also gives credit where credit is due.
A Coup in Camelot demonstrates, through the pioneering research of former investigative reporter Barry Ernest, that in all likelihood Oswald was where he claimed to be when the shots were fired; on the first floor of the building eating lunch.
In “Reporting on the Kennedy Assassination,” the late Dutch journalist Willem Oltmans tells the story of his investigation of the JFK’s murder, especially his relationship with the enigmatic figure of George de Mohrenschildt, friend of Lee Oswald and sometime CIA asset. Read more