Tag Archive for CIA

Did Bradlee fear Angleton?

In response to  Ben Bradlee’s thoughts on JFK’s assassination, a friend asks, “Do you think Bradlee feared tangling with Angleton? Angleton was supposedly livid because Bradlee spread the story that Angleton had lock picked the studio of Mary Meyer [JFK's mistress, slain in October 1964]?”

Good question.

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Ben Bradlee on JFK’s assassination

David Talbot interviewed the late great editor Ben Bradlee for his book Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years. He asked him a question many people have wondered over the years: Why didn’t he, of all people, investigation the murder of his pal Jack Kennedy?

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Peace feelers: When Castro talked to ABC News


After the missile crisis of October 1962, President Kennedy started rethinking his Cuba policy.  On April 24, 1963, ABC news reporter Lisa Howard interviewed Cuban prime minister Fidel Castro as JFK considered the “sweet approach” to making peace with Cuba.

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National Archives creates a team to review JFK records for 2017 release

In a recent email to researcher Bill Kelly, Martha Wagner Murphy, chief of the Special Access and FOIA Staff at the National Archives at College Park, disclosed some welcome news.

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Decades later, three former JFK investigators sue the CIA

Ed Lopez, former JFK investigator, has some questions

 

“It was time to fight one last time to ascertain what happened to JFK and to our investigation into his assassination,” [Ed] Lopez, who is now the chief counsel for a school district in Rochester, N.Y., said in an interview.

He is joined in the effort by two other former investigators, researcher Dan Hardway and G. Robert Blakey, the panel’s staff director.

via Decades later, seeking to shed light on CIA’s conduct in congressional inquiry of JFK assassination – The Boston Globe.

Yuri Nosenko and the Warren Commission Report

John Simkin breaks down the mysteries of a key JFK story: Yuri Nosenko and the Warren Report.

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Before the CIA jobbed the Senate torture investigation….

… they jobbed the House investigators of JFK’s assassination. So says the Boston Globe.

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POLITICO is the latest to pick up on JFK Facts story

POLITICO has picked up on a story that I first reported on JFK Facts in May 2013.

In a Magazine story headlined, “Was RFK a JFK Conspiracy Theorist?” (Spoiler alert: Yes), former New York Times reporter Phil Shenon writes: Read more

CIA as ‘the perfect Watergate enabler’

In Max Holland’s fine piece about Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein there appears this passage about the sausage factory of Washington journalism.

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The still-secret CIA torture report

The Senate’s report on the CIA torture program remains off-limits to the public, as Politico reports that diverse Washington factions are negotiating what can–and cannot–be shared with the American people about the agency’s actions.  What does one call this?  ”Contempt for democracy“ says Sullivan.

Judge Leon’s blind justice

Mother Jones has an interesting piece on the jurisprudential wisdom of Judge Richard J. Leon, the legal arbiter who sat in judgment of my FOIA lawsuit for JFK assassination records, Morley v. CIA.

They say justice should be blind, and in my case Judge Leon truly was.

The Warren Commission report bridged a ‘cultural fault line’

A faithful reader in California on reflects on what you should know about the Warren Commission report.

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At Warren Commission conference, a Cuban militant tells his Oswald story

via Josh Mittledorf on VENITISM: THE JFK ASSASSINATION, an opinionated account of the AARC conference on the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission, held in Washington last weekend.

“In the day’s high point,” he writes, “we heard a first-hand confirmation of CIA primacy in the plot…..”

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CIA admits undercover officer lived in New Orleans

George Joannides, chief of CIA covert operations in Miami in 1963, also had a residence in New Orleans, according to the CIA.

In a court motion filed last week, the CIA acknowledged for the first time that deceased CIA officer George Joannides lived in New Orleans while handling contacts with an anti-Castro student organization whose members had a series of encounters with accused presidential assassin Lee Oswald in August 1963.

The unexpected admission came in arguments before a federal court judge about whether the CIA is obliged to pay $295,000 in legal fees incurred during my Freedom of Information Act lawsuit concerning certain 50-year-old JFK assassination records.

In a previous court filing, my attorney Jim Lesar argued that two documents released over CIA objections in 2008 were significant because they showed that Joannides’s espionage assignment took him to New Orleans where Oswald lived.

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CIA chief told RFK about two shooters in Dallas

RFK and John McCone

Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and CIA Director John McCone (photo credit: CIA)

Why did Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy believe that his brother President John F. Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy, as his son recently said?

Did RFK have any evidence for his belief, asked readers of the widespread coverage of RFK Jr.’s comments?

It turns out RFK had it on good authority that two people were involved.

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