Tag Archive for Counterintelligence

Oswald lived in a surveillance state

In response to my post on Oswald under surveillance, a Twitter friend asked if surveillance was the reason why Oswald rented a room under a fake name (“O.H. Lee”) six weeks before the assassination of JFK.

I said no.  Read more

Stansfield Turner RIP: CIA director who tried to clean up after Angleton

Stansfield Turner, a Navy admiral who sought to reform the CIA in the wake of scandals generated by counterintelligence chief James Angleton, has died at age 91.

Turner was controversial within the agency because he curbed covert operations and demanded the agency cut ties with known human rights abusers. This made him unpopular with operations officers but it was the right thing to do.

From Rhees Shapiro’s obituary in the Washington Post. Read more

A comment on Angleton and Oswald

David Lifton, author of Best Evidence, writes:

“Jeff: I think you’ve framed the question too narrowly….. Read more

The Age on James Jesus Angleton

Jefferson Morley’s account is a compelling study in eminence grise: the spectre in the government machine.

Source: The Ghost review: Jefferson Morley’s life of CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton

Was James Angleton a KGB mole?

The counterintelligence chief was suspected of being a Soviet spy, so the CIA investigated.

My new story in The intercept.

The goy and the golem: James Angleton and the rise of Israel

FrJames Angletonom a review in Mondoweiss

“Angleton was was a leading architect of America’s strategic relationship with Israel that endures and dominates the region to this day,” Jefferson Morley writes in The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton.  More than any other man, the longtime chief of U.S. counterintelligence made possible Israel’s shift “from an embattled settler state into a strategic ally  of the world’s greatest superpower.”

Source: The goy and the golem: James Angleton and the rise of Israel

‘This important book depicts the trail of wreckage left behind by Angleton’

The Ghost by Jefferson MorleyThe Ghost is the compulsively readable, often bizarre true-life story of American spymaster James Jesus Angleton – the CIA’s poetry-loving, orchid-gardening mole-hunter for almost 20 years. Capturing the extent of Angleton’s eccentricity, duplicity and alcohol-fueled paranoia would have challenged the writing skills of a Le Carre or Ludlum, and Jefferson Morley has done it with flair. This important book depicts the trail of wreckage left behind by Angleton in a CIA career that involved him in virtually every major spy-versus-spy drama of the Cold War and drew him deeply into the mysteries of the Kennedy assassination and the murder of one of JFK’s mistresses.”
—Philip Shenon, author of A Cruel and Shocking Act

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Deep State Chronicles: Angleton and the Wilson Plot

One of the stories I will tell in The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton is how the British secret intelligence services pressured Harold Wilson, the leftist Labour leader, into retiring early.

Some would credit Angleton with good counterintelligence instincts. Others might see a witch hunt or the workings of the so-called “deep state.” In any case, it was vintage Angleton, as Alex Cockburn explains.

Source: “Ashes & Diamonds” by Alexander Cockburn” Read more

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James Angleton

James Angleton, chief of the CIA’s Counterintelligence Staff.

At the Future of Freedom Foundation’s recent conference on “The National Security State and JFK,” I previewed one of the best stories from my forthcoming biography of James Angleton: How Lee Harvey Oswald became enmeshed in the Angleton’s legendary “mole hunt” in which he pursued a KGB spy in the ranks of the CIA.

If Oswald was a “lone nut,” as cliché would later have it, he was that rare isolated sociopath of interest to the CIA’s Counterintelligence Staff.

The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton: Jefferson Morley: Amazon.com: Books

Pre-order now: The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton

James Angleton testifies

James Angleton, spymaster

Be the first among your friends to pre- order this book and you will not be sorry. Read more

What is COINTELPRO?

“COINTELPRO is a abbreviation of the words “Counterintelligence Program.” COINTELPRO is the name for the effort by the FBI to destroy people and to destroy organizations.

‘The Good Shepherd’: Angleton on screen


Robert DeNiro’s 2006 movie, “The Good Shepherd,” is one of the best films about the early days of the CIA, with Matt Damon playing a character loosely based on James Angleton. Joe Pesci has a brilliant cameo as mobster Meyer Lansky.

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 ‘The Spider’ who nearly wrecked the CIA  

Christopher Dickey has a deft introduction to the career of James Angleton in The Daily Beast.

The biography that I am now writing about Angleton (due for publication in 2017) will have more of the story,

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Why did James Angleton want to wait out the Warren Commission?

The short answer is I don’t know.

The long answer is that we are talking about one of the most pregnant moments in the Warren Commission’s efforts to obtain information from the CIA. It happened in March 1964. Read more

Lisa Pease on James Angleton, counterintelligence chief

There’s no one more interesting and important in the JFK story–and indeed the history of the CIA–who is more important than the late James Angleton.

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