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CIA tradecraft & JFK’s assassination: A veteran officer analyzes the death of a president

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Former CIA station chief Rolf-Mowatt-Larssen addressed a conference of JFK researchers in Dallas in November 2019. (Credit: Jefferson Morley)

(This article, titled “Under CIA Eyes,” first appeared in Counterpunch, Vol. 25 published in January 2020.).

“I was struck by the intimacy and the smallness of the whole surroundings,” said retired CIA officer Rolf Mowatt-Larssen after his first visit to Dealey Plaza in November 2019.

Dealey Plaza, a grassy Art Deco entry point to downtown Dallas, is where President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed on November 22, 1963. Hundreds of thousands of people still come from around the world to see the spot where the popular liberal president was ambushed. Many of them have the same reaction to the crime scene: the intimacy, the smallness.

Mowatt-Larssen was not just any tourist.

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CIA tradecraft & JFK’s assassination: ‘The very top people’

Former CIA station chief Rolf Mowatt-Larssen addresses a conference of JFK researchers in Dallas in November 2019. (Credit: Jefferson Morley)

[ICYMI: Part I: A veteran CIA officer analyzes the death of a president.]

“Why am I doing this?” Rolf Mowatt-Larssen asked the audience at the Coalition Against Political Assassinations’ conference in Dallas. “As a CIA officer it’s a little controversial. What is my goal? My goal is to have an answer [about who killed JFK] for myself and my children.” That may sound overly ingenuous to some, but most people in the room, myself included, had the same agenda.

Mowatt-Larssen was nine years old when he heard the news from Dallas.

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CIA tradecraft & JFK’s assassination: the making of a patsy

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Former CIA station chief Rolf Mowatt-Larssen addresses a conference of JFK researchers in Dallas in November 2019. (Credit: Jefferson Morley)

[ICYMI Part I : A veteran officer analyzes the death of a president / Part II: ‘The very top people.’ / ]

CIA veteran Rolf Mowatt-Larseen proposed a “thought experiment” to the November 2019 JFK conference in Dallas. He reverse-engineered the lone gunman scenario, posing a question both novel and incisive.

 “How can you get away with a really elaborate but very simple plan of deception, to end up in a place where the president is dead and it is blamed on someone else, other than the people who perpetrated it?” he asked. “Not easy.”

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CIA tradecraft & JFK’s assassination: ‘I’m not privy to who struck John’

[ICYMI: Part I : A veteran officer analyzes the death of a president / Part II: ‘The very top people.’ / Part III: The making of a patsy ]

The killing of Lee Harvey Oswald is another key to Rolf Mowatt-Larssen’s JFK analysis. He argues that one of the conspirators had to have had access to the Mafia bosses who could induce Jack Ruby to eliminate the accused assassin as a witness.

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JFK: “A citizens movement that speaks up for historical truth”

On the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in 2013, I gave this speech to a crowd of several hundred people in Dallas. It stands the test of time.

28) After Trump’s broken promise, 15,834 JFK files remain secret

On October 26, 2017, President Trump was a happy tweeter:

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27) Medal for stonewalling: one JFK secret the CIA plans to keep

One of the most important JFK documents uncovered the Morley v. CIA  lawsuit is this photograph.

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26) Who was George Joannides and why is his story important?

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George Joannides, now deceased, was an undercover CIA officer based in Miami and New Orleans in 1963.

His actions provides strong evidence that certain Agency personnel manipulated Lee Harvey Oswald for propaganda purposes before and after President Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

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25) Anatomy of a cover-up: G. Robert Blakey on how the CIA stonewalled the HSCA

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23) Bill Harvey’s widow talks about his hatred of JFK and his friendship with a gangster


This world exclusive video, first published on JFK Facts in 2014, presents a fascinating interview with CG Harvey, the widow of legendary CIA officer William King Harvey.

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22) Plausible JFK suspect: William K. Harvey

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“William King Harvey is worthy of our attention,” writes Alan Dale.

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20) ‘I was naive:’ Q&A with Howard Willens, Warren Commission defender

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Howard Willens, former staff attorney on the Warren Commission, remains one of its most vigorous public defenders 50-plus years later.

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19) Origins of the cover-up: ‘Jim [Angleton] would prefer to wait out the Commission’

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The reason James Angleton’s still-secret testimony to the Church Committee matters in 2017 is found in this Warren Commission document.

It states:

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17) After JFK was killed, ex-president Harry Truman called for CIA abolition

 “For some time I have been disturbed   by  the way the CIA has been diverted  from its original assignment,” wrote   former president Harry Truman in the  Washington Post on December 22, 1963. It was exactly one month after the assassination of President Kennedy.

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7) What counterintelligence officer Jane Roman Said

In one of the most extraordinary interviews I ever conducted, a retired CIA counterintelligence officer who monitored Lee Harvey Oswald before President Kennedy was killed, spoke candidly.

Read what Jane Roman said here.

Come back tomorrow for JFK Story #8: LISTEN: November 5, 1963, JFK considers secret talks with Cuba. The idea was anathema to the Joint Chiefs and top CIA officers.


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