Tag Archive for Mexico City

Mystery solved: Gunnar Beckman, the Mexico City covert operator

The efficient miracle of crowdsourcing has answered my question: who was running covert operations in the CIA’s Mexico City station in 1963?

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A new clue about the CIA’s Mexico City operations

An eagle-eyed reader, responding to my last post about covert operators in Mexico City, notes that there is a slightly less redacted version of Ann Goodpasture’s Feb. 1977 memo. This version provides a clue.

Look:

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Who was running CIA covert operations in Mexico City in 1963?

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Sensitive source: A newly-released JFK file still conceals a key name.

Fifty five years later, this remains a highly sensitive question.

Take a look at page 9 of this lightly-redacted 1977 CIA memo, released last month by the National Archives. The name of a CIA officer who was running covert operations along with David Phillips in 1963, has been postponed for release until 2021.

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JFK documents illuminate the death of a diplomat who asked too many questions about Oswald

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James Angleton oversaw the surveillance of Oswald

Phil Shenon has a long piece in The Guardian excavating the sad story of Charles Thomas, a U.S. diplomat who investigated Lee Harvey Oswald’s actions in Mexico in the 1960s.  Thomas was rebuffed by top CIA officials, including counterintelligence chief James Angleton. Thomas was denied an expected promotion and later committed suicide.

The story illuminates a central mystery of the JFK assassination story but not quite in the way than Shenon proposes.

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Why was Oswald’s name taken off the FBI’s watch list?

Bill Simpich, a civil rights attorney in the Bay Area and the author of State Secret, proposes an answer to the riddle of “FLASH CANCELLED” Read more

What Politico doesn’t know about the JFK files

Politico’s Thomas Maier mines the new JFK files to competently retell the oft-told but still-disturbing story of how respectable CIA officials and murderous Mafia dons tried and failed to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro in the early 1960s.

Along the way, Maier drops this claim:

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New light on Oswald and Mexico City  

WhoWhatWhy has the good news about the new JFK files. It’s confusing but… Read more

Talking Angleton at Chevalier’s Books

Michael Scott and I will talk about THE GHOST and the consequential friendship of James Angleton and Win Scott, Michael’s father, at Chevalier’s Books in  Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm. Read more

USA Today: CIA started to disavow knowledge of Lee Harvey Oswald within hours of killing

Some of the best reporting on the new JFK files is coming from USA Today.
In today’s story, the national daily notes an essential newsworthy fact revealed in the newly declassified records.

Within hours of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the CIA started to distance itself from any connection to suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, recently released secret records from the National Archives show.

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Morley responds to CIA historian David Robarge

In a great compliment to me, personally and professionally, CIA historian David Robarge has attacked my new biography of James Angleton, THE GHOST. Read more

El Pais on ‘mysteries hidden in the secret JFK assassination files’

Jan Martinez Ahrens’ piece in EL PAÍS, the leading newspaper of Spain (machine translated) shows why foreign coverage of the JFK files release was more realistic and less propagandistic than the U.S. coverage.

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Where to find the smoking gun: in the 30,000 JFK documents that remain secret

After the JFK document dumps of July 24, October 26 and November 3, the most historically significant records related to the assassination of the liberal president remain out of public view.

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Top CIA official was told Oswald contacted KGB officer in Mexico City, new JFK file shows

An obscure code name jumped out at me from a key new document in the latest JFK files to be made public by President Trump and the CIA on Friday. Read more

9 things you should know about the JFK file release

In my latest piece for AlterNet, I say the most significant story in the new JFK files will be details of the CIA’s pre-assassination monitoring of Oswald.

And, if, contra Posner, Trump approves CIA and FBI requests to withhold some records, the JFK files Trump keeps secret will be more important than the ones he releases.

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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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