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On the perennial, perhaps boring, question of a JFK assassination conspiracy, the question may boil down to: who do you believe?
Fidel Castro, leader of Cuba in the 1960s, was a tireless Latin revolutionary. Charles de Gaulle, president of France, was a conservative continental statesman. They both came to the conclusion that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated by right-wing enemies within his own government.
Kevin Hall’s recent piece for McClatchy News is a good example of how to cover the new JFK files right. The piece provides new information and historical perspective, while avoiding the traps of conspiracy theories. Hall highlights a neglected subject: the importance of JFK assassination records still held by the Cuban government. Read more
“Oswald was under counterintelligence surveillance from 1959 to 1963,” Morley said. “Everywhere he went he touched CIA collection operations, code-named secret intelligence operations, whose product was delivered to Angleton.”
The failure of the release of the latest documents to clarify the causes of JFK’s assassination is hardly surprising. Read more
Two documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and published for the first time today further underline how closely the intelligence community has held information related to Cuba’s potential role in the killing, indicating that the NSA for decades has kept secret its efforts to monitor Cuban agents’ communications in the aftermath of the event.
In this final installment of his review of the History Channel series, Arnaldo Fernandez concludes: “With Castro as vantage point instead of the CIA, Baer was not tracking Oswald to articulate a true picture of the past, but to drive the historical truth away.”
On 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
Tune in for a true tale of the Deep State.
Monica Mercedes Pérez Jiménez is the daughter of a Venezuelan dictator and Marita Lorentz, a former mistress of Fidel Castro who became a CIA spy.
She recent told her story to The Tico Times in Costa Rica where she lives There are problems with the story her mother told JFK investigators in 1978 but there is no doubt that Lorentz was involved in CIA covert operations in the early 1960s.
Politico has a timely look back at how JFK fended off militaristic pressure. More proof that JFK was a rhetorical hawk and practical dove.
“The B-70 fight was unquestionably one of Kennedy’s finest hours,” says Brookings senior fellow and military affairs expert Michael O’Hanlon.
In the early 1960s, Antonio Veciana was the CIA’s man in Havana.
So begins my review in Newsweek: The CIA’s Secrets About JFK, Che, and Castro Revealed in New Book By Former Operative.
This week Alan and I talk about the importance of Trained To Kill: The Inside Story of CIA Plots Against Castro, Kennedy, and Che, a new memoir written by former anti-Castro militant Antonio Veciana with Carlos Harrison.
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The story “Wikileaks Vault 7 Password Is Nod to Anti-CIA JFK Quote,” from the Conservative Tribune, is making the rounds on social media.
The miracle was that Fidel Castro died in his own bed. Never has a defiant antagonist of the United States of America met a more unlikely fate: a peaceful death. Hated, reviled and targeted by the greatest military empire in the history of the world, Castro launched a one-party socialist experiment in Cuba, which was so antithetical to Washington’s vision of a neoliberal world order that the empire struck back hard.
The CIA and its paid agents began plotting Castro’s violent demise in 1959 and continued to do so through the year 2000, concocting hundreds of conspiracies to kill him, 638 times by one well-informed Cuban account. And the empire struck out every time.