It just so happens I’ll be giving a presentation to the DPUK research conference in Canterbury England this weekend. I’ll be calling in this time although I did it once in person and it was fantastic! So for a moment I’ll go a bit retro and return to the subject of the CIA during the Eisenhower and Kennedy Administration. However, for those following Shadow Warfare, I just did an hour long interview with Len Osanic for Black Op Radio and you will find it archived at the link below:
In considering the context of the Kennedy assassination its critical to have an in depth understanding of the CIA during that period, on who worked in what part of the Agency and in particular what type of projects they worked on. As an example, I recently saw a post describing Howard Hunt as a paramilitary officer….that is truly off the mark. It is true he worked within the Plans Directorate and most specifically inside the P-P group, which included political action, propaganda and paramilitary. Hunt’s specialty was political action, essentially courting and sustaining Agency surrogate groups – for short think “carrying the money”. Comparing him to true paramilitary officers such as Rip Robertson would be a real stretch, even comparing him to paramilitary trainer, counter intelligence officer and operations specialist David Morales would be just flat wrong.
In talking of Angleton and Harvey, its important to understand that they shared some of the same jobs at different points -including counter intelligence – and both were some of the few officers fully aware of the Agencies’ technical services tools- MKNAIOMI - such as truth serums and various drugs and poisons. Both men were also very much connected to the Office of Security which in turn had its own connections to professional criminals such as smugglers, safe crackers and strong arm types. Those are the kind of guys you need if you are breaking into embassies, kidnapping couriers and blackmailing the other side for code books and related cryptographic devices.
Most folks don’t know that after the Bay of Pigs, Angleton was designated to start a new CI project against Cuba – based on the huge failures of CI within Bissell’s project. In that assignment he worked with David Morales and the AMOTS’s who Morales had trained to be the new Cuban intel service – assuming success in the landing. Afterwards they simply became an arm of JMWAVE and provided info including local surveillance activities. Moraeles and the AMOTS were also involved in Mexico City where Angleton was making a major bid to establish a CI effort independent of the Chief of Station there.
Its also important to realize that both men were also involved in Cuban projects in a variety of ways. For example during the phase 2/Mongoose effort, Angleton actually worked with Harvey in restarting the Castro assassination project, first attempting to shop it to British intelligence and then going back to Roselli, first with poison then with rifles. In fact Angleton provided certain of his own non- US intelligence contacts inside Cuba to backstop Harvey’s Mongoose activities.
Circa 1963, Angleton and Harvey were at Headquarters together and despite what you may have read elsewhere, the two men remained close (in the CIA “close” may mean friendly or it may simply mean mutual CYA). After his retirement, Harvey remained personally close to a very limited number of former CIA associates, one was James Angleton, the other John Roselli. Indeed Angleton corresponded with Harvey up to his death, and later with his widow. His letters note the fact that the two men had things in common which never could be communicated. It just so happened that Harvey had taken some of his CIA files with him after retirement, including one note that talks about consulting with Angleton about ZR Rifle. Fortunately we do have many of those documents – even thought someone tried to burgle Harvey’s home twice after his death.
There is no doubt that James Angleton worked with and had William Harvey’s back….we can only wonder what it was they had in common that must never be discussed.