Tag Archive for Lee Oswald

CIA’s spy hunters learned Oswald was in Dallas in November 1963

An excerpt from THE GHOST in the Daily Beast.

On or around Monday, Nov. 2, 1959, the CIA’s counterintelligence office—run by the fabled spy hunter James Angleton—first learned of a man named Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Why did the CIA’s Angleton want to cut off questions about Oswald?

In response to my recent post on a declassified April 1972 CIA memo ordering that “no defector or source” be asked about Lee Harvey Oswald, a faithful reader asks:

Where is April 1972 in the Nosenko chronology? Was there a time at which saner CIA people simply told Angleton to back off from his Nosenko-KGB theories?

The answer is that Angleton was motivated both by his interest in Nosenko and his desire to block CIA people from questioning the dubious official story of Oswald as a lone assassin about whom the agency knew little.

In fact, as Angleton knew better than anyone, the CIA had monitored Oswald’s movements, politics, personal life, and foreign contacts for four years before JFK was killed.

The other relevant question is, “Where is April 1972 in the Oswald chronology?” Read more

In 1972, CIA chiefs ordered no more questions about accused assassin Oswald

Angleton on Oswald

On April 5, 1972, CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton, backed by director Richard Helms, issued a blanket order:

“the agency was not, under any circumstances , to make inquiries or ask any source or defector about Oswald”

The order, found in the massive batch of JFK files released online this week, came nine years after Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas on November 22, 1963, allegedly by Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24 year old ex-Marine. The order was issued after officials in the agency’s Soviet Bloc division asked a Russian defector about the accused assassin who lived in the Soviet Union from 1959 to 1962.

The CIA memo, classified as a state secret for the past 35 years [Ed note: Paul Hoch tells me the memo was released with a name redacted in 1998] sheds light on how Angleton, a legendary spy chief known for his brilliance and paranoia, tightly controlled the JFK investigation for years after the crime. No one at the CIA was supposed to ask questions about Kennedy’s accused killer. Read more

How (and why) the CIA watched Oswald in Mexico City

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Jean: The speculation about Ruth Paine is baseless

Jean replies to the recent post on Ruth Paine:

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What role did Ruth Paine play in JFK’s assassination?

Jean wants to know. The best way to answer the question is this. Read more

Antonio Veciana: the Army Intelligence connection

In his review of Trained to Kill, Bill Kelly calls attention to Antonio Veciana’s work for Army Intelligence. He nails the point that Veciana’s critics strive to avoid. Phillips did use the alias “Maurice Bishop” and his physical description of “Bishop” bore an uncanny resemblance to Phillips.

Kelly offers an original thesis, supported by documentation: Read more

Ruth and Michael Paines’ curious role in the JFK story

From filmmaker Max Good comes this  interview with JFK author Vincent Salandria, about “The Role of the Paines’ in History.”

Good is seeking support to complete the first-ever documentary about the Paines, who were friends with Lee Oswald in 1963.

Vincent J. Salandria: The Role of the Paines in History from max good on Vimeo.

Castro and JFK’s assassination: the unknown stories

TrincheraHow the CIA tried to implicate Fidel Castro in JFK’s assassination.

Did Castro figure out JFK’s assassination in just five days?

Cuba’s JFK story: 638 Ways to Kill Castro.

Brian Latell indicts Castro again

Did the CIA seek to hypnotize an assassin to kill Fidel Castro?

November 5, 1963: Listen as JFK considers secret talks with Castro.

What Castro said about Oswald

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Q. Was Lee Harvey Oswald just a bad shot? A. No

Unfortunately, Mother Jones and the L.A. Times have recycled another poorly documented JFK theory: James Reston Jr.’s claim that Lee Oswald was aiming at Govermor Connally and accidently hit JFK in the head.

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What Fidel Castro said about Oswald

“Because we have to presume that the enemy is constantly trying to send his agents in here, and that is why a lot of measures are implemented. A visa is not granted to just anyone who requests it, we need to know their background very well. That is why our officer rejected his application.”

From Our Hidden History (H/T David)

 

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From the Author of Our Man in Mexico
Comes a Detailed Investigation of
 CIA operations in Late 1963

CIA & JFKIn JFK & CIA; The Secret Assassination Files, Jefferson Morley uses on the record interviews of retired CIA officers and thousands of pages of declassified documents to sketch a granular account of the the inner working of the clandestine service on the eve of JFK’s assassination.

There is no theory here, only the facts about how certain named CIA officers monitored and manipulated the defector Lee Oswald as he made his way to Dallas.

From a five-star Amazon review:

“Highly recommended to all readers wanting to learn the truth on matters that the Government still fights to keep secret, some 53 years after the tragic event.”

JFK & CIA: The Secret Assassination Files,

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

Donald Trump’s JFK theory

“I believe he acted alone,” Trump said of Oswald. “I think he probably acted alone.”

Source: Donald Trump Repudiates David Duke | The Daily Caller

Why Marina Oswald could sue the FBI for illegal surveillance

Marina and Lee Oswald

Marina and Lee Oswald in 1962, with infant daughter June

Question: Why isn’t the FBI spying on Marina Oswald better known?

Answer:  Because much governmental effort has gone into making sure that it is not better known.

Why? Maybe because Marina Oswald and her children–alive and living in Texas–have solid grounds for a lawsuit.

Before my research, I knew vaguely about a 1975 New York Times report on how the FBI admitted tapping and bugging Marina’s conversations.  “Electronic surveillance,” the Times reported, was “based upon written approval of the Attorney General of the United States. The Government contended then that in national security cases, court approval was not required“. Read more

Norman Mailer on ‘Oswald’s Tale’