Legendary CIA counterspy James Jesus Angleton has a lot to answer for. Was he the ace puppet master or completely nuts? Jefferson Morley How the CIA Writes History writing in April, 2016 couldn’t decide. “His doctrine of counterintelligence was widely influential, not only in the CIA but in the intelligence services of all the English-speaking countries. He pioneered pre-digital techniques of mass surveillance via an illicit mail-opening program called LINGUAL. He fed the intel to J Edgar Hoover’s COINTELPRO operatives at the FBI who used it to harass, disrupt, and discredit leftist, antiwar, and civil rights groups from the 1950s to the 1970s. His close liaison with the Mossad in the 1950s and 1960s helped forge a wide-ranging U.S.-Israel strategic relationship that has been central to U.S. foreign policy ever since. Like them or not, his accomplishments were large. So were his mistakes.”
Angleton’s fruitless mole hunt paralyzed the CIA’s operations in the Soviet Union in the late 1960s. Perhaps he should have been looking closer to home: he was lunching with famous British double agent, Kim Philby, weekly for 15 years!
“Whatever his faults,” writes Morely, “Angleton acted zealously on a theory of history whose validity is hard to accept and hard to dispute. He believed that secret intelligence agencies controlled the destiny of mankind.”
But here is the point of this blog, (from Morely) “Angleton’s darkest secrets… is how the CIA makes history — by erasing it. Playing dumb is a CIA art form”.
In JFK Network there are several examples were Angleton does just that destroying the diaries of Mary Pinchot Meyer (Angleton was married to an old school friend of Mary’s) and Mexico CIA Station Chief, Winston Scott or ensured coverups such as the whereabouts of E Howard Hunt on November 22, 1963 or documents pertaining to Lee Harvey Oswald.
And no there is more evidence: “All of the U.S. government’s files on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are supposed to be released by October 26. But one batch of the CIA records on suspected assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, has gone missing.” More information here
More info here: in 1978, when JFK investigators asked Angleton and retired CIA director Richard Helms about the 12 month delay in opening of Oswald’s CIA tracking file (after LHO had returned back from the Soviet Union), neither man could explain it. Testifying under oath to the HSCA, Angleton pleaded ignorance. “I don’t know the circumstances,” he said, which was almost certainly not true. Angleton did know the circumstances of Oswald’s defection because it was reported in the Washington Post and his aide Jane Roman wrote several memos to him about it.
Angleton is to blame, of course….
And that’s how the CIA writes history.