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Ricardo “Monkey” Morales Told His Sons He Knew Lee Harvey Oswald

From Nora Games Torres, Cuba reporter for the Miami Herald

The claims made by Ricardo Morales Jr. during a show on Miami’s Actualidad Radio 1040 AM, add to one of the long-held theories about the JFK assassination — that Cuban exiles working for the CIA had been involved. But the claims also point the finger at the CIA, which some observers believe could help explain why President Joe Biden backed off last week on declassifying the remaining documents in the case.

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Biden Faces October 26 Deadline for Release of More JFK Assassination Papers

(This article, written by Jefferson Morley and Rex Bradford, was first published in The Intercept, on October 20, 2021.)

President Joe Biden will soon decide an obscure but potent question: Which secret files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy should be made fully public?

When President Donald Trump faced the same decision four years ago, he delayed in the name of national security. While releasing thousands of files about the 1963 Kennedy assassination, Trump acquiesced to the demand of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to keep portions of thousands more secret until October 2021, 58 years after Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested as the gunman. For all his “deep state” rhetoric, Trump issued a memo giving the executive branch agencies four more years of secrecy.

Former DA says CIA hides JFK details but are they related to the assassination?

David Minier, former district attorney for Madera County in central California, writes in The Fresno Bee, that the CIA is hiding records of an asset in 1963 named Claude Barnes Capehart.  That may well be true, but Minier’s argument thatt Capehart was involved in JFK’s assassination strikes me as weak.

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How a former Trump aide is pressing Biden to loosen national security secrets 

Bryan Bender of POLITICO profiles Ezra Cohen, the chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board, which this week called for maximum transparency around secret JFK assassination files.

Ezra Cohen, appointed by President Trump, gets positive reviews from one Democratic congressman on the board, which advises the president on declassification issues.

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Public Interest Declassification Board Urges Transparency in  Release of JFK Files

National ArchivesThe Public Interest Declassificaton Board is an office within the National Archives that was created by Congress to advise the president on secrecy and declassification issue. The PIDB is supposed to act as a counterweight to secret government agencies. It doesn’t have much real power but it does constitute a presence that other agencies have to take into account.

And its members have written a letter to President BIden about the last of the JFK assassination files.

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.

Oliver Stone’s Coming JFK Documentary

Oliver Stone's JFK

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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