From the Associated Press, via the Washington Post, a JFK assassination story that is informative, balanced and timely. It begins:
“Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view. The contents of these files are partially known — and intriguing — and conspiracy buffs are not the only ones seeking to open them for a closer look.”
The article, by AP reporter David Porter, describes my lawsuit for the JFK files of deceased CIA officer George Joannides and reports on the 1,100 JFK files still withheld from public view by the agency. It provides valuable perspective with quotes from informed sources. On a subject that often attracts sensational or foolish coverage, AP provides serious journalism. Let’s hope other news organizations follow suit.
Highlights of the story include:
Burt Griffin, a Warren Commission staffer who is now judge, says the CIA’s decision not tell the Commission about Joannides’ financial relationship with Oswald’s antagonists among the Cuban exiles was “an act of bad faith.”
Anthony Summers, author of “Not in Your Lifetime,” one of the best JFK books, says:
“There is no question that in various ways the CIA obfuscated, but it may be they were covering up operations that were justifiable, benign CIA operations that had absolutely nothing to do with the Kennedy assassination,”
“But after 50 years, there is no reason that I can think of why such operations should still be concealed,” Summers said. “By withholding Joannides material, the agency continues to encourage the public to believe they’re covering up something more sinister.”
Bob Blakey, former general counsel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) who dealt with Joannides when he served as the CIA’s liaison to the HSCA, is quoted as saying, “If I’d known Joannides was the case officer for the DRE, he couldn’t have been liaison; he would have been a witness,”
Blakey added: “Do I think I was snookered, precisely like the Warren Commission was? Yes.”
As I told Porter, “I think the CIA should obey the law. I don’t think most people think that’s a crazy idea.”
Read the whole story here.
Background on Morley v. CIA.
“CIA still cagey about Oswald mystery” (New York Times, October 16, 2009)
“Morley v. CIA: why I sued for JFK assassination records” (JFK Facts, Feb. 23, 2013)
“Federal judges hear arguments about CIA JFK assassination records” (JFK Facts, Feb. 26, 2013)
“Court upholds the benefits of disclosure about CIA officer in JFK story” (JFK Facts, June 19, 2013)