Inside the CIA, one officer’s JFK suspicions turned to Angleton

In recently declassified testimony, veteran CIA officer Joseph Burkhalter Smith talked to congressional investigator Gaeton Fonzi.

“As far as the Kennedy assassination goes, said Smith, “the only thing I can say now and again I’m quoting Colby that there could’ve been operations at Angleton staff was running that he wouldn’t even tell the director.”

(h/t Justice Tyrwhit)

Tomorrow: Was Angleton culpable in JFK’s assassination? My debate with CIA historian David Robarge.

 

 

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2 comments

  1. thomas tucker says:

    Interesting that he says “many files may have been destroyed.” it would surprise me if they hadn’t been.

  2. “When we went to the CIA files, we took very seriously the hypothesis that they had been edited in some way. We talked to the agents who had created them, we made sure that each of the agents was given a release from their secrecy oath and was carefully instructed that if they lied to us, there would be prosecution.”

    Bob Blakey

    They lied.

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