On the 50th anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty on June 8,1967, people wonder how could the United States let the deaths of 34 servicemen go unpunished.
“The next day, the CIA produced its first analysis, which exonerated the Israelis. The paper concluded, erroneously, that there was ‘little doubt that the Israelis failed to identify the Liberty as a U.S. ship before or during the attack.” The Liberty “could easily have been mistaken” for El Quesir,” the memo asserted, a claim that the U.S. Navy would soon repudiate. The report was ‘compiled from all available sources,’ probably by [James] Angleton, the Israeli desk officer.”
One of the biggest factors in the stonewalling around the USS Liberty was CIA counterintelligence chief Angleton, who also served as Israeli desk officer.
I tell the story of Angleton’s role in the Liberty incident in my forthcoming book, The Ghost; The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton, which will be published in October 2017.
You can pre-order the book here.
4 thoughts on “Angleton and the attack on the USS Liberty”
Bill Banks, Jmaes Bamford has written a great book, Body of Secrets , Anatomy of the Ultra Secret National Security Agency, 2001 by DoubleDay.
If you like I will so a little research and point out the Chapter in the book that recounts the true story of the USS Liberty. Better yet try Chapter SEVEN aptly titled “BLOOD”. Bamford supply copious notes in the rear of the volume listed by chater and page number.
Bamford a former CIA analyst has got it right.
If I can be of any assistance in getting out the truth feel free to notify me here somehow.
I tried to read this once Bill. As a survivor it was very hard to read, as it contains so many lies, and fabrications, I just had to quit. I will never understand why Cristol was supposed to be such an expert. A Navy pilot? Yes he was, a judge, yes he was. I can find you plenty of men who could fill those shoes.
Wikipedia article on _Liberty_ is very interesting and deserves to be read in full. Censorship is to be expected in such a matter and should not be taken as proof of evil intent. At some future date, the revealed truth will certainly be quite bad enough.
Ships are not attacked with napalm, but bombs/rockets/torpedoes
(ie, _even_ if deliberate, it off the cuff).
Undefended target at 5 knots and IDF Navy misses with 4 torpedoes
out of 5!?! Note on scene OIC denied learning of message recorded
in MTB log.