A reader responds to THE GHOST:
“this is brilliant and pioneering work on LHO and the assassination. I guess the only thing I don’t quite get is, if you conclude that Angleton was using Oswald in some way(s), does this not make LHO a CIA asset? And if it makes him a CIA asset, doesn’t that directly implicate the CIA in JFK’s murder, no ifs, ands or buts (though still understanding that there are many grey and unexplained areas)?”
The answer is yes, Oswald was a CIA asset. He was used for intelligence purposes, first in Jim Angleton’s mole hunt and then in a COINTELPRO operation against the Fair Play for Cuba Committee in New Orleans in August 1963.
Those facts alone, however, do not necessarily implicate the CIA in JFK’s murder. They are not proof of an assassination conspiracy. They do, however, point to culpability. These two operations demonstrate that Oswald was a known personality to senior CIA officers, including Angleton.
Tomorrow: What one CIA officer said about Angleton and JFK
3 thoughts on “‘Does this not make LHO a CIA asset?’”
Jeff, than I disagree with you on one point – IF he was an asset, and IF he was a participant, no matter at what level, in the assassination; than of course it dies implicate the CIA in the murder. According to my on-line dictionary, IMPLICATE means to:
“1. involve as a consequence, corollary, or natural inference : imply
2 archaic : to fold or twist together : entwine
3 a : to bring into intimate or incriminating connection
evidence that implicates him in the bombing
b : to involve in the nature or operation of something”
The CIA meets all the definitive criteria.
Jeff, I think there is another possibility. Namely, that because the CIA and FBI conducted joint initiatives against the FPCC in 1963, they unwittingly used Oswald at a lightening rod for future actions, specifically the JFK assassination, to bolster such propaganda campaigns that linked Oswald to the FPCC and to communist RUSSIA and CUBA. What other possible motive could the plotters have for staging (subsequent the JFK murder) the communist “Oswald did it” propaganda?
Oswald’s role as a CIA asset needs to be spelled out in every newspaper and TV news show in the USA. Here’s more on his role that I wrote a few years back, “Oswald Takes Center Stage as an Intelligence Asset”: