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Why CIA Ties Were Omitted from Obituaries of Priscilla Johnson McMillan

My fellow JFK researchers note lugubriously that the New York Times and Washington Post obituaries of the late Priscilla Johnson McMillan, prominent defender of the official theory of JFK’s assassination, made no mention of her documented relationship with the CIA.

Too true! Newly declassified records reveal what McMillan (and the newspapers of record) did not care to share publicly. At the time McMillan wrote an influential biography of supposed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, she was a “witting collaborator” with the clandestine service.

Before I go on, let me just say, tediously, no, I do not think McMillan was part of a plot to kill JFK. No, I am not citing her CIA ties to justify any theory of JFK’s death. No, I’m not speaking ill of the dead; citing a relationship that she herself cultivated cannot be considered derogatory.

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RIP Priscilla Johnson McMillan, Oswald Biographer Who the CIA Viewed as an Asset

Priscilla Johnson McMillan, the biographer of Lee Harvey Oswald and defender of the official theory of JFK’s assassination who concealed her collaborative relationship with the CIA from the reading public, has died.

John Simkin tells the story in an email.

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Oliver Stone’s Coming JFK Documentary

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Oliver Stone has done what, curiously enough, no major new organization or documentary filmmaker has done: try to make sense of the totality of information about the assassination of JFK made public since the 1990s. A huge amount of new material has come into the public record but no one has attempted to put the new information in the context of the old, a basic journalistic function taken up by Hollywood director.

Oliver interviewed me for this documentary, which I have not seen. It was an intense session with a knowledgable interrogator. I spoke in detail about what I learned about CIA operations around Lee Harvey Oswald, while writing my books, Our Man in Mexico, The Ghost, and Morley v. CIA

Using the records released since the 1990s, my books show Oswald as he appeared in the eyes of senior CIA officers like Mexico City Station chief Win Scott and Counterintelligence chief Jim Angleon. These files show how Oswald became a person of interest to CIA mole hunters in a secret office known as the Special Investigations group; how he was monitored in Dallas by the Agency’s Domestic Contacts Division, and how he was publicly linked to the Castro government by CIA agents in a psychological warfare program known as AMSPELL.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Oliver incorporates these revelations into his narrative. 

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Morley v. CIA in Review

James DiEugenio has published a lucid review of my ebook, Morley v. CIA. It starts like this:

Recognizing the significant contributions to JFK research made by mainstream journalist Jefferson Morley, Jim DiEugenio reviews his recent e-book, Morley v. CIA: My Unfinished JFK Investigation, and traces the history of George Joannides involvement with the CIA and the DRE dating back to the time of the JFK assassination and beyond.

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DiEugenio picks up on a couple of points that I think are key to the JFK story in 2021.

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RIP Richard Stolley, the Man Who Bought Abraham Zapruder’s Film

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As seen in the movie “JFK,” secretary Marilyn Sitzman stood behind dressmaker Abraham Zapruder as he filmed the presidential motorcade on Nov. 22, 1963.

The recent passing of magazine editor Richard Stolley is occasion to remember how perhaps the single the most important piece of evidence in the assassination of President Kennedy came to be held, out of public view, by a publishing giant. Stolley, an editor at Life magazine, played a key role.

JFK Facts editor Peter Voskamp interviewed Richard Stolley for this site in 2014.

Here’s their conversation.

JFK Facts Podcast: Investigator Josiah Thompson on the gunfire in Dallas

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A cop runs toward the grassy knoll moments after President Kennedy was shot.

Josiah “Tink” Thompson, retired private investigator and pioneering JFK researcher, speaks with Alan Dale, host of the JFK Facts podcast. Thompson had a long career as a private investigator working on major criminal and financial fraud cases, giving him unparalleled experience in unravelling complex conspiracies. The author of 1967’s “Six Second in Dallas,” Thompson has now updated that classic with new research, corrections, and his revised conclusions about the crossfire that killed President Kennedy.

When it comes to new books about JFK’s assassination, Dale says, “Unquestionably the biggest news is the publication of “Last Second in Dallas.”

You can buy Last Second in Dallas, published by the University Press of Kansas here.

 

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Federal Declassification Board Calls for JFK Disclosure

The Public Interest Declassification Board is an office in the U.S. government that advises the White House on declassification of government records with the goal of “the fullest possible public access to a thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record of significant U.S. national security decisions.”

In recent post on the PIDB’s blog, Transforming Classification, the nine-member board signaled its support for maximum disclosure of the still-secret JFK assassination files.

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How the CIA plotted the ‘accidental’ death of Raul Castro

One of blackest of the black arts of espionage is the assassination operation designed to disguise who was reallly responsible.

Case in point: a newly-disclosed CIA plot to kill Raul Castro, commander of the Cuban armed forces, by making it look like he died in a plane crash.

From Peter Kornbluh, a leading Cuba scholar, in SpyTalk:

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Only 15,834 Secrets Block Full JFK Assassination Disclosure

‘Last Second in Dallas’: Debate and Agreement

The publication of Tink Thompson’s “Last Second in Dallas,” and a favorable review from San Francisco Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle, has triggered a debate about the forensic evidence in the case.

Dr. Randy Robertson has published a critique of Thompson’s work on the Kennedys and Kings web site. On the the Assassination Archives and Research Center, Drs. Gary Aguilar, Dr. Doug DeSalles, and attorney Bill Simpich say Robertson’s critique is based on five factual mistakes.

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Josiah Thompson on how to think about November 22

Josiah Thompson, known to friends as Tink, is the JFK researcher emeritus. As a philosophy graduate student in 1966, he was the first person (outside the CIA) to make a serious forensic analysis of Abraham Zapruder’s film of the assassination of President Kennedy. As a private investigator, he had a fascinating 30 year career.

Now Thompson is back with a new book, “Last Second in Dallas,” revising his findings in his classic “Six Seconds In Dallas.” I haven’t read the new book but this review is good and it highlights something I, and many other learned from him: how to think about the JFK story.

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What is the JFK end game?

Charles asks a good question:

Q. How do we define and effect justice for JFK and the untold millions of collaterally damaged victims of the Dealey Plaza attack? What is to be gained by the seemingly endless search for proof of conspiracy that in fact we have long possessed in abundance? Have we learned so little from our decades of labor in the morass of deep event studies that we continue to petition the deep state for relief from the oppression for which it is responsible?

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What did we learn from the 2017 JFK releases?

“There’s a lot of noise around the Kennedy assassination,” I observe in the JFK Facts Podcast #2. With host Alan Dale, I try to cut though that noise and talk about what we learned about the assassination from the last round of JFK releases in 2017 and 2018?

Spoiler alert: one thing we learned about was the surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald.

To download the podcast as an MP3: Click HERE Place cursor on file; RIGHT click and select “Save Audio As.”

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A question about the grassy knoll

MIke writes:

People keep putting stock into people who said the shot came from the knoll. Yeah I know those days were chaotic they might’ve thought it came from the mall but I look at it in the context of 911. There were there were reports that there was a sniper at the Lincoln Memorial, bomb exploded outside the state department all witness accounts turned out to be totally ridiculous. I think the silence is probably shot came from behind. What’s your response?

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Talking about JFK and the law

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The Future of Freedom Foundation has sponsoring series on the national security state and the assassination of JFK. This Wednesday, I’ll be talking about Morley v. CIA, my new eBook about how the CIA and the federal courts (with help from Brett Kavanaugh) my thwarted JFK investigation.

Buy the book here. (It’ll only cost you a buck.) Sign up for the talk here. It’s free.