Secret JFK document #2: James Angleton’s testimony

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Counterintelligence chief James Angleton

On January 22, 1976. retired CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton testified in secret session with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities, otherwise known as the Church Committee.

Forty two years later, the 74 page transcript of Angleton’s testimony is still a state secret, according to the Mary Ferrell Foundation’s comprehensive listing of still-classified JFK material.

Angleton’s testimony, scheduled to be released in October of this year, could not be more important to JFK assassination scholarship.

As I will demonstrate in my forthcoming biography, The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton, the legendary CIA counterintelligence chief obstructed justice and committed perjury when faced with questions about the JFK’s assassination

As I wrote in The Intercept last year, the CIA remains incredibly secretive about even the smallest details of his notorious career. Whether the CIA releases his January 1976 testimony is a key test of the agency’s willingness to comply with the JFK Records Act.


Last year, JFK Facts also published for the first time Angleton’s closed-door testimony to the House Select Committee on Assassinations in June 1978.

Do you know a good Angleton story? Let’s hear it.

5 thoughts on “Secret JFK document #2: James Angleton’s testimony”

  1. Ernest Martinson

    Will a President Trump permit the scheduled release of 1976 testimony by retired CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton this October? Or will the CIA counter Trump?

  2. All I can say is that if the CIA thinks they’ll get any help now from Trump in keeping these docs buried, well, haha, good luck with that.

    1. Well Greg & Ernest, you got your answer: Trump buckled the CIA continues to suppress information.

      Do you think Biden will save the day? Kamala?

      Better yet, do you think Trump, once voted out of office, will pardon Ghislaine Maxwell?

      No irrelevant speculation here, Epstein & Maxwell and her father was connected to Mossad. As was J.J. Angleton.

  3. Forgive my poor memory as I paraphrase. “A mansion has many rooms, I’m not privy to who shot John”, to the Church Committee in (?) 76.
    Is there an eta on the book release?

    1. It was “who struck John” and it is an expression used to describe “the blame game”.

      The CIA is indeed a labyrinth and Angleton was claiming he wasn’t privy as to who to blame for CIA domestic spying.

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