Revelation 19.63

For nearly four decades the CIA has kept secret the identity of a Miami agent who may have known too much too early about Lee Harvey Oswald

"I think that the people that had to do with [the assassination] are people in the DRE," he told the conference. But Escalante was another investigator who knew nothing of Joannides. He emphasized that he didn't think Juan Manuel Salvat or other military section leaders were the organizers of the plot. "When you are going to carry out an operation as complex as this one, you cannot put all your money on one single horse. You have to use different ways in order not to have any mistakes." He added, "Obviously the DRE was in on the whole plot against Cuba."

Salvat shrugs at the suggestion that the Directorate had a hand in Kennedy's death. His response is self-deprecating, not defensive. "If there was a conspiracy," he offers, "it was at a much higher level than the DRE."

The Joannides story doesn't prove the existence of an assassination conspiracy, but it does demonstrate that a U.S. government intelligence officer was far better positioned to know about Kennedy's accused killer than the CIA has ever admitted. Still the agency prefers to bluff rather than to disclose. When I asked the CIA in 1999 to explain why J. Barry Harrelson of the agency's Office of Historic Review had, a year earlier, denied that the CIA had had any contact with the Directorate in 1963, as well as any knowledge of Joannides's activities that year, a spokesman said the agency could not help me. "We think the records speak for themselves," he replied.

With help from CIA patron David Atlee Phillips, the DRE took a shot at Castro late one summer's night in 1962
With help from CIA patron David Atlee Phillips, the DRE took a shot at Castro late one summer's night in 1962


Related Links:
Based on documents found in Foreign Relations of the United States of America, Vol. XI, "Cuban Missile Crisis and Aftermath." President Kennedy comments on the DRE's story about Soviet missiles in cave in Documents 154 and 170.

The best online chat group on the JFK assassination is alt.assassination.jfk

The JFK Collection and database at the National Archives

John F Kennedy Library and archives

The National Security Archive Cuba Documentation Project

OMB Watch report "A Presumption of Disclosure: Lessons from the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board"

Principal Players:

Basulto, José DRE gunner

Blakey, G. Robert General counsel to the House Select Committee on Assassinations

Borja, Isidro "Chilo" DRE military-section leader

Bringuier, Carlos DRE representative in New Orleans

Crozier, Ross CIA agent based in Miami

Escalante, Fabian Chief of counterintelligence for Cuba's security services

Fernandez-Rocha, Luis DRE secretary-general

Fonzi, Gaeton Investigator for the House Select Committee on Assassinations

Helms, Richard CIA director

Hoover, J. Edgar FBI director

Joannides, George CIA agent based in Miami; agency liaison to the DRE

Lanuza, José Antonio DRE's director of North American chapters

Muller, Alberto DRE cofounder

Phillips, David Atlee CIA agent

Salvat, Juan Manuel DRE propaganda chief

Shackley, Theodore CIA Miami station chief

Travieso, Ernesto DRE cofounder

Whitten, John CIA agent who headed probe of Lee Harvey Oswald

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What I do not, and cannot understand is how, after all these years, We The People, the soveriegn owners of these government records, cannot wrest control of them from our paid employees. Why he have to continually deal with redacted information, and how we are FORCED to allow all of the responsible actors to die off, with impugnity, after the greatest crime this country has ever known. Even now, as we watch actors of that time period waltz across the stage of the history of our nation.

Damnit, I want clear, concise, and unequivocal information.

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