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Unearthing CREST: CIA's Declassified Archives

After our three-year lawsuit led to the public release of 13 million pages of declassified CIA records, we've begun a daily-deep dive into the depths of the Agency's seven-decade history.

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No, CIA's counterintelligence chief didn’t mastermind a JFK assassination cover-up weeks in advance

No, CIA’s counterintelligence chief didn’t mastermind a JFK assassination cover-up weeks in advance

In the 2008 epilogue to his book Oswald and the CIA, John Newman begins with a relatively simple fact and ends with a conclusion that not only reaches far beyond the evidence - it contradicts it. While it’s reasonable to point out the Central Intelligence Agency’s determination to avoid being dragged into World War III by the suspicion Lee Harvey Oswald was working for the Russians, it’s quite unreasonable to use this as evidence of a massive cover-up premeditated weeks in advance by none other than CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton.

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James Angleton and the author of report that “debunked” his work agreed on one thing - the report was libel

James Angleton and the author of report that “debunked” his work agreed on one thing - the report was libel

The Hart Report, also known as the Monster Plot Report, sought to denounce the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterintelligence Staff in general and its chief, James Angleton, in particular, and is frequently cited as evidence of Angleton’s paranoia and incompetence. While Angleton and others strongly disagreed with John Hart’s findings, they agreed him on one important point - the report was libel.

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The mystery of disgraced CIA spymaster James Angleton's "retirement"

The mystery of disgraced CIA spymaster James Angleton’s “retirement”

Soon after legendary spymaster and CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton’s intelligence career supposedly ended with his forced retirement in December 1974 due to the exposure of CIA wrongdoing, he returned to the Agency, where counterintelligence operations reportedly remained under his purview until late 1975.

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Even mandatory retirement couldn't stop spymaster James Angleton's influence

Even mandatory retirement couldn’t stop spymaster James Angleton’s influence

CIA memos shows that nearly a decade after scandal forced the Counterintelligence Chief into early retirement, the Agency and the President’s advisors were still seeking the counsel of the legendary James Angleton.

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