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Angleton: ‘complex webs of subterfuge and deception’

From Booklist Online

“Serving up a suitably intriguing profile of this quintessential spy, journalist Morley’s (Snow-Storm in August, 2012) mosaic-like biography painstakingly pieces together the complex webs of subterfuge and deception Angleton created during his storied career.”

Source: Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton, by Jefferson Morley | Booklist Online

Pre-order THE GHOST here.

On Angleton, Oswald and the CIA

I recently spoke with S.T. Patrick on the Midnight Writer News podcast, about the CIA during the Kennedy era, with particular emphasis on the role of James Angleton in the events leading up to the assassination. Read more

‘Exceptional reporting. Exceptional writing’

MDG writes about my post, “4 CIA Lies” critiquing Politico’s flawed JFK coverage.

Exceptional reporting. Exceptional writing. Thank you for your dedication to seeking justice in this case. We have been waiting a long time to read what you wrote. The facts have led us here

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How Shenon and Sabato came to Fake News in JFK’s Murder

After more than fifty years and zero quantum of proof since the JFK assassination, Philip Shenon and Larry J. Sabato insist on the out-worn hypothesis “Castro sorta done it” while reporting how the CIA came to doubt the official story.

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JFK investigators file suit for CIA records on themselves

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington, D.C. federal court, Hardway, Lopez and Blakey say they filed a Freedom of Information Act request in May, requesting “201 files” or “soft files” on themselves.201s are a set of documents held by the U.S government on members of the government or military. The file usually contains information describing a person’s military and civilian education history, and can also include personal details like home records or records of awards the person has received.

Source: JFK Researchers Demand CIA Records on Themselves

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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Angleton, Cuba, and the assassination of JFK

The GhostOn June 3, I gave an hour-long talk on James Angleton, Cuba, and the assassination of JFK in Dulles, Virginia.

Angleton was the chief of CIA counterintelligence from 1954 to 1974. He was key power broker in Cold War America

The talk, delivered at the Future of Freedom Foundation’s conference on “The National Security State and JFK,” will be broadcast on CSPAN on Sunday July 9 at noon Eastern Time.

Tune in for a true tale of the Deep State.

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Castro: target of the CIA’s secret armies

This 1977 CBS documentary exposed the CIA’s never-ending failure to oust Fidel Castro from power.

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C.G. Harvey, widow of CIA’s Bill Harvey, denounced JFK and loved a mobster


In this world-exclusive video, JFK Facts presents a fascinating interview with C.G. Harvey, the widow of legendary CIA officer William King Harvey.

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Bill Harvey, armed and dangerous

Bill Harvey

William King Harvey

Since we published the first on-camera interview with CIA widow, CG Harvey, I’ve been getting grief for publishing her allegedly false statements about John, Jackie and Robert Kennedy.

I don’t see anything demonstrably false in what CG Harvey said. I believe the story that JFK had invited Italian prostitutes into his bed two at a time but I can’t prove that it’s true. I agree that CG Harvey’s comments need more context.

Who was William K. Harvey?

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‘This important book depicts the trail of wreckage left behind by Angleton’

The Ghost by Jefferson MorleyThe Ghost is the compulsively readable, often bizarre true-life story of American spymaster James Jesus Angleton – the CIA’s poetry-loving, orchid-gardening mole-hunter for almost 20 years. Capturing the extent of Angleton’s eccentricity, duplicity and alcohol-fueled paranoia would have challenged the writing skills of a Le Carre or Ludlum, and Jefferson Morley has done it with flair. This important book depicts the trail of wreckage left behind by Angleton in a CIA career that involved him in virtually every major spy-versus-spy drama of the Cold War and drew him deeply into the mysteries of the Kennedy assassination and the murder of one of JFK’s mistresses.”
—Philip Shenon, author of A Cruel and Shocking Act

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JFK Most Wanted: Dave Phillips’ CIA operations files

David Phillips

David A. Phillips, chief of CIA anti-Castro covert operations in 1963

David Phillips was a failed actor turned expatriate newspaper publisher in Santiago, Chile when he was recruited into the CIA in the early 1950s. He made his mark fast. In 1955, he won a Distinguished Intelligence Medal, one of the agency’s highest honors, for mounting deceptive radio broadcasts in the CIA’s overthrow of the democratically elected government of Guatemala in 1954.

After that his CIA career took off. With Howard Hunt, Phillips served as propaganda chief in the CIA’s failed effort to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs In April 1961. When he was assigned to Mexico City in 1962, station chief Win Scott described him as “the finest covert action officer I have ever met.”

After JFK’s assassination, Scott was not so complimentary and I suspect the reason why was Oswald’s curious handling of Oswald. .(I tell the story in my biography of Scott, Our Man in Mexico. Buy it here.)

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On the deathbed contortions of Howard Hunt


This is an edited version of Howard Hunt’s much-touted “deathbed confession” about the assassination of JFK.

Hunt insinuates, without supporting evidence, that certain CIA officers and Lyndon Johnson were involved in the killing of President Kennedy.

On the one hand, Hunt, ringleader of the Watergate burglars, knew the underbelly of American power as well as anyone. What he says about November 22 is provocative, and not implausible.

On the other hand… Read more

Intel Today blog on Antonio Veciana

Source: INTEL TODAY DIARY — MAY 29 2017 | Intel Today

Anthony Summers reflects on covering the JFK story

Summers was amazed when doing his documentary for BBC’s “Panorama” in the late 1970s that many of his interview subjects had never been spoken to before. “All of the media of that time, not least the New York Times, had completely failed to really quarry into the story.  They simply had not done it,” he said. “They concentrated on the great tapestry of the assassination and the Kennedy era.”

Source: On the trail of the assassin(s) — Irish Echo