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Is the CIA’s chief historian obstructing justice in the JFK case?

CIA lobbyPresident Trump will soon announce his decision on whether the last of the U.S. government’s JFK files will be fully released or not. April 26 will be a moment to assess what we know about JFK’s assassination that we didn’t know before, and specifically, what have we learned about the CIA’s role in the events of November 1963.

Among those vouching for the probity of the CIA in the JFK assassination story is the agency’s chief historian David Robarge. Read more

When will the court rule?

What is Morley v. CIA?

Morley v. CIA is a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, filed by journalist Jefferson Morley, seeking certain JFK assassination related records generated by a CIA undercover officer named George Joannides

Here’s some press coverage of the case.

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Why did the CIA’s Angleton want to cut off questions about Oswald?

In response to my recent post on a declassified April 1972 CIA memo ordering that “no defector or source” be asked about Lee Harvey Oswald, a faithful reader asks:

Where is April 1972 in the Nosenko chronology? Was there a time at which saner CIA people simply told Angleton to back off from his Nosenko-KGB theories?

The answer is that Angleton was motivated both by his interest in Nosenko and his desire to block CIA people from questioning the dubious official story of Oswald as a lone assassin about whom the agency knew little.

In fact, as Angleton knew better than anyone, the CIA had monitored Oswald’s movements, politics, personal life, and foreign contacts for four years before JFK was killed.

The other relevant question is, “Where is April 1972 in the Oswald chronology?” Read more

Did defector Yuri Nosenko fool the CIA?

Peter Savodnik, writing about the Russians and the Trumps on the Vanity Fair web site, says yes.

In my upcoming Angleton biography, I review the case and come to the opposite conclusion: Pete Bagley (and Jim Angleton) were wrong: Nosenko was a bona fide defector.

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What role did Ruth Paine play in JFK’s assassination?

Jean wants to know. The best way to answer the question is this. Read more

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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Was JFK’s motorcade route changed before November 22?

The question comes from Kirk.

I’ve seen various answers and do not recall what Vince Palamara has said. So rather than reply, I will print concise and documented answers from knowledgable readers.

“Concise” means less than 500 words. “Documented” means with links to relevant documentation or page citations from relevant books. Read more

Was James Angleton a KGB mole?

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

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What was Antonio Veciana’s connection with the CIA?

Tracy writes with a good question: “In your [JFK Facts] podcast you make the following statement:” Read more

WhoWhatWhy: Will Trump release JFK records? 

The 1992 JFK Records Act mandates the release of over 3,500 JFK assassination records. never before seen by the public, by October 26, 2017. Trump’s ruling on this matter will be interesting in light of his alleged war with the CIA.

Source: Trump to Release JFK Records? – WhoWhatWhy

Does Trump’s fight with the CIA increase his risk of assassination?

No. A comparison of Trump and JFK shows why.

 

What JFK records are most pertinent to the case?

Ross from California writes

“Having perused your website, I know that there are approximately 3,600 records that are still classified, 1,110 of which are CIA related. I realize there is a volume associated with these records, could you give me summary of the records that may be the most pertinent to the case? What influence over the release of these records will the new President have?”

The best summary of the still-secret JFK records comes from Rex Bradford, president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation site. Read more here.

The president can have a lot of influence over JFK records. Read about that here.

Who was Dorothy Kilgallen?


In the early 1960s, Dorothy Kilgallen was perhaps the most famous female news reporter in America. She was also an early critic of the Warren Commission report. Then she died, reportedly of a drug overdose. Read more

What about the first shot fired at JFK?

That was the question raised by a 2015 article by Lucien C. Haag entitled The Missing Bullet in the JFK Assassination,” which appeared in the publication of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE).

Max Holland has responded in the journal’s Fall 2016 issue and his blog Washington Decoded

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