Tag Archive for Counterintelligence

Pre-order now: The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton

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James Angleton, spymaster

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‘Jim [Angleton] would prefer to wait out the Commission …’

The reason James Angleton’s still-secret testimony to the Church Committee matters in 2017 is found in this Warren Commission document.

“Jim would prefer to wait out the Commission on the matter covered by paragraph 2 …”

CIA’s Raymond Rocca, writing to Richard Helms regarding counterintelligence chief James Angleton’s desire to stonewall the Warren Commission on certain CIA materials passed to the Secret Service.
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‘The Good Shepherd’: Angleton on screen


Robert DeNiro’s 2006 movie, “The Good Shepherd,” is one of the best films about the early days of the CIA, with Matt Damon playing a character loosely based on James Angleton. Joe Pesci has a brilliant cameo as mobster Meyer Lansky.

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What is COINTELPRO?

“COINTELPRO is a abbreviation of the words “Counterintelligence Program.” COINTELPRO is the name for the effort by the FBI to destroy people and to destroy organizations.

 ‘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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Why did James Angleton want to wait out the Warren Commission?

The short answer is I don’t know.

The long answer is that we are talking about one of the most pregnant moments in the Warren Commission’s efforts to obtain information from the CIA. It happened in March 1964. Read more

Lisa Pease on James Angleton, counterintelligence chief

There’s no one more interesting and important in the JFK story–and indeed the history of the CIA–who is more important than the late James Angleton.

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What the Warren Commission couldn’t comprehend

Professor David Kaiser is the latest to respond to our 140-word Warren Commission Challenge as follows:

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Garrison, Angleton and the CIA

A faithful reader writes with questions about my post on the UNLV conference celebrating New Orleans DA Jim Garrison for his efforts to prosecute a JFK assassination conspiracy

The reader says he is “not aware of evidence that the [CIA’s] Counterintelligence staff was ‘secretly trying to subvert his investigation,'” as I wrote in my post.

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Top 5 JFK Facts stories of the week: Counterintelligence rules

While the story of Sven Christensen, the senior U.S. Air Force official who saw November 22 as ‘a military coup” remained popular, two stories about CIA Counterintelligence Staff and JFK’s assassination drew strong reader interest as well.

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Fact check: Oswald and CIA counterintelligence

James Angleton

James Angleton

A lot of people talk about Lee Harvey Oswald and the CIA and, to be honest, a lot of them don’t know what they are talking about.

Bill Simpich, a San Francisco attorney and author, does. He cuts to the chase in a new piece for Reader Supported News. 

“Oswald was monitored by three counterintelligence teams in the last four years of his life.” Read more

Pete Bagley, CIA officer who probed JFK case, passes at 88

The Washington Post obituary for Tennent H. ‘Pete’ Bagley, noted CIA officer, recounts his central role in the CIA’s investigation of President Kennedy’s assassination.

Bagley was the CIA handler of Yuri Nosenko, a KGB officer who defected to the United States with information about accused presidential assassin Lee Harvery Oswald.

Fifty years later, the CIA’s files on Nosenko’s interrogation are among the Top 7 JFK files that the CIA still keeps secret.

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Former CIA official on JFK secrecy: ‘You do great harm to the public record’

 After a speech on CSPAN about the impact of Edward Snowden’s revelations by William Nolte, a former CIA counterintelligence official, Karl Golovian asked him about the 1,100 JFK records that the CIA is still keeping secret until October 2017.

Nolte, a critic of Oliver Stone, responded that it sounded like a classic case of over-classification and a disservice to the public, but….

Watch a clip of Nolte’s comments here.

Nolte said:

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