In response to Ben Bradlee’s thoughts on JFK’s assassination, a friend asks, “Do you think Bradlee feared tangling with Angleton? Angleton was supposedly livid because Bradlee spread the story that Angleton had lock picked the studio of Mary Meyer [JFK’s mistress, slain in October 1964]?”
I don’t know but it is quite possible. The Washington Post editor never admitted such a fear but he moved in circles with CIA people. He might well have known that crossing Angleton was a risky proposition. In general, I think David Talbot’s interview shows that Bradlee feared the whole subject of JFK’s assassination and avoided it.
The Daily Beast has a good account of the strange encounter between Bradlee and Angleton when the editor went looking for Meyer’s diary the day after her murder.
“Bradlee and his wife began their search the next morning, only to find that someone else had been tipped off about the diary’s existence. Meyer’s door had been locked, but when Bradlee made his way in, he found James Jesus Angleton, the CIA’s counterintelligence chief, standing there in the living room. He, too, was looking for Meyer’s diary.”
But the DB story omits one important detail.
Angleton’s wife Cicely said later that Mary Meyer had told her that she wanted Angleton to have the diary in case anything happened to here. That makes his creeping around Meyer’s home and studio around slightly less creepy. But it also indicates a closer friendship between Meyer and Angleton than is generally known and increases the possibility that Angleton knew about her affair with JFK.