Tag Archive for CIA

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jeffmorley – May 9

Who was the only man to ever face legal charges for JFK’s assassination?

Something different this week, an overflow thread to discuss the arrest and prosecution of Clay Shaw and the investigation of Jim Garrison. Read more

Agencies hint they may try to block JFK declassification in 2017

I missed Lauren Harper’s useful update on UNREDACTED about  the National Archives plans for JFK declassification in 2017.

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Why James Angleton is still a national security issue

My story in The Intercept: “How the CIA Writes History.”

The CIA’s Operation Midnight Climax funded an acid-tripping brothel in San Francisco 

 Weird and twisted (and true)  tale from San Francisco
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Top 5 spy novels of all time

To the conflicting theories that Frank Olson “jumped or fell” another possibility was added: he was dropped. Frank Olson’s death came to embody our collective fascination with the Cold War’s dark secrets, and it shined light on the dubious privileges men in the CIA gave themselves in the name of national security.

Source: The Literary Spy Novel: Five Recommendations | Electric Literature

Return to Cuba: When Castro talked peace in 1963, JFK listened


As the United States and Cuba engage in hard bargaining over how to normalize relations in 2015, it worth remembering that President Kennedy was seeking the same goal when he was assassinated in November 1963.

In this ABC News broadcast in April 1963, Cuban president Fidel Castro talked about his desire to settle differences with Washington. JFK was listening.

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What a senior KGB insider said about Lee Harvey Oswald

Nikolai Leonov

Insider: Fidel Castro, Nikolai Leonov, and Nikita Khrushchev

Nikolai S. Leonov has an interesting perspective on the story of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Leonov joined the KGB in 1958 and retired in 1991 with the rank of Lieutenant General. In the spring of 1963, his fluency in Spanish gained him the job as the Russian interpreter for Cuba president Fidel Castro during his first visit to the USSR in the spring of 1963, In the photo above he is the man standing between and behind Castro and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Read more

The metaphysics of ‘11.22.63’ 

To make the book and Hulu series ‘11.22.63’   more credible, author Stephen King and director JJ Abrams introduce a real-life plot element that the Warren Commission never investigated.

With the date set at March 25, 1963, the pair have less than eight months left in trying to figure out if Oswald was the sole person responsible for Kennedy’s death, and or whether the CIA played a role in said assassination

Source: TV Review: ‘11.22.63’ “The Eyes Of Texas” | The Young Folks

Top CIA photoanalyst talks about the Zapruder film

From Shane O’Sullivan, director of the excellent documentary, Killing Oswald,

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Exclusive: What Angleton told JFK investigators about the mole at the CIA

On June 15, 1978,investigators from  the House Select Committee on Assassinations interviewed James Angleton, retired CIA counterintelligence chief about his handling of the JFK assassination investigation in 1963 and 1964.

The interview, which sheds new light on Angleton’s conspiracy theories about a mole in the ranks of the CIA, was never transcribed or made public–until now.

In a Web exclusive, JFK Facts is offering a downloadable PDF transcript of  Angleton’s closed-door HSCA interview.

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 ‘The Spider’ who nearly wrecked the CIA  

Christopher Dickey has a deft introduction to the career of James Angleton in The Daily Beast.

The biography that I am now writing about Angleton (due for publication in 2017) will have more of the story,

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Bernie Sanders is a master of the sound byte.

To Chris Cuomo, he repudiated his 1974 call to abolish the CIA (and thus pre-empted the bleating of the punditry and blogosphere if he did not). At the same time, he stuck to his principles without splittng the difference.

To me he sounds like a guy from Brooklyn. Oh wait.

But let me tell you this, I do have concerns about past activities of the CIA.

Source: Sanders: I No Longer Want To Abolish The CIA, But “I Have A Lot Of Problems” With Their Activities, Past And Present | Video | RealClearPolitics

Esquire dismantles Politico on Sanders’ ‘extreme’ views of CIA

Despite Crowley’s best attempts to turn what Bernie Sanders said four decades ago into a Strawberry Alarm Clock lyric, more than a few Very Serious People down through history have thought the CIA was a bad concept that became, in practice, a truly terrible idea. That this position today can be caricatured as something “extreme” is a measure of how sheeplike the nation has become with regard to its national security.

Source: Politico on Bernie Sanders’ ‘Extreme’ Views on CIA

Comment of the week

Ronnie Wayne – February 11

…. I guess the other main theory of the thread is it means all of DiEugenio and Mellen’s work, as well as Garrison’s is junk?

‘Eyewash’: How the CIA deceives its own workforce about operations

Senior CIA officials have for years intentionally deceived parts of the agency workforce by transmitting internal memos that contain false information about operations and sources overseas, according to current and former U.S. officials who said the practice is known by the term “eyewash.”

Source: ‘Eyewash’: How the CIA deceives its own workforce about operations – The Washington Post