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2053, 15 Dec 21

JFK Documents Released

I have spent far too much time digging through the documents released about the JFK assassination. It’s fascinating stuff if you enjoy learning about Cold War history. For example, this document about the CIA’s attempts to get the Mob to kill Castro and the way the insiders worked the system – including a oblique briefing of Allen Dulles (his biography by James Srodes is an interesting read) where nobody said any “bad words” – is a lesson in how the Washington Mandarins operate.

Or this memo from the infamous CIA spy hunter James Angleton (this was a year after his British friend and mentor, Kim Philby, defected) to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in an example of interagency cooperation.

Or this review of Operation Mongoose.


2053, 15 December 2021


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