The non-profit National Security Archive in Washington has new details on the NUMEC Affair: how Israel defied President Kennedy’s non-proliferation policies to steal U.S.-made fissile material and build a nuclear arsenal in the 1960s.
This story is more relevant than ever, now the ostensible President-elect Trump has promised to tear up the nuclear agreement blocking Iran from obtaining the atomic bomb.
Key revelations come from a retired CIA man, John Hadden, who worked for James Angleton, counterintelligence chief and Israel desk officer.
[My biography of Angleton, entitled The Ghost, will be published in the fall of 2017 by St. Martin’s Press]
“For decades there have been allegations and suspicions that foreign agents, perhaps aided by American citizens, diverted a significant fraction of NUMEC’s unexplained uranium deficits to Israel for its nuclear-weapons program. Because of the high stakes involved, the affair has been clouded in denial and concealment for nearly a half century.”
In this collection of new documents, scholar Avner Cohen and nuclear engineer Roger Mattson clarify a murky story of public policy and covert action.
“Can’t imagine a more meticulous take down of the CIA’s decades-long subterfuge surrounding the assassination.”
Jefferson Morley’s new ebook, CIA and JFK: The Secret Assassination Files, available on Amazon, provides the fullest account of the role of CIA operations officers in the events leading to the death of JFK, with a guide to what will be declassified in October 2017.