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Sylvia Duran is a key to the JFK assassination

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duranTwo crucial clues in the JFK assassination come dressed as beautiful women named Silvia, one in Mexico, the other in Texas. I’ll talk about Texas later, but right now, I feel like spreading knowledge on Silvia Duran, who served as a receptionist at the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City at the height of the cold war, certainly a strategic position, and one she held when she met dashing spook Lee Oswald.

I know, you’ve probably been given the impression Oswald was a stumbling dweeb with an IQ around 60, but, in reality, he was a spook who reported (through the usual intermediary cut-outs) to James Angleton of the CIA and J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI. Oswald was one of the deep, deep agents, so deep almost no one else in the FBI or CIA had any idea of his true relationship with his government.

phillipsOne of those few was David Phillips, who ran anti-Cuban operations for the CIA. Oswald was placed into those operations when he arrived in New Orleans after departing Russia. It’s possible Phillips was his case officer or controller since a couple Cubans later reported meetings where Phillips and Oswald were together, only Oswald sometimes used another name. When you see people operating under several ID’s, it can sometimes be an indicator of spooks-at-work.

Oswald was only in Mexico City a short time, but probably long enough to have a brief liaison with the attractive Duran, a possible affair that would become the obsession of Winston Scott, CIA chief in Mexico City (who was not privy to any of the real plots involved and had been purposefully kept out-of-the-loop by his old friend James Angleton).

You see, before Kim Philby was identified as the KGB mole inside American intel, Scott had voiced those very suspicions to Angleton, who had stupidly brushed them aside. Meanwhile, months later, after Philby procured all he needed from his CIA dupe (info gleaned during all-night drinking sessions in which the drunken Angleton was easily manipulated), Philby suddenly bolted to Moscow, officially joining the other side and leaving Angleton looking and feeling much the fool.

JFKscottH2Scott was convinced the key to breaking the JFK assassination case was to get to the bottom of Sylvia and Oswald. Exactly whose agent was she and what did Oswald reveal to her? Scott was a super spook with a great sixth sense and instinctively knew Sylvia wasn’t telling all she knew. He suspected she was Oswald’s secret lover, despite being a married woman. So he had the Mexican police pick her up and interrogate her, roughing her up and leaving her a bit bloodied in the process.

When Angleton discovered Scott wanted Sylvia interrogated and was personally investigating the assassination, he freaked out and immediately tried to stop everything in its tracks, but it was too late, as Sylvia had already been seized.

Around this time, CIA decided to pull Scott from his longstanding post running the CIA in Mexico and bring him back to Washington, a move that could have been instigated to shut down any possible investigation into JFK assassination ties in Mexico. It became obvious that certain bigwigs at CIA didn’t want the assassination investigated, which Scott thought was pretty goddam odd. Just like Angleton had ignored Scott’s Philby suspicions, now he wanted to block Scott from acting on his Duran suspicions. This was certainly intolerable for a spook like Scott.

Around this time, Scott decided to resign from the CIA, preferring to stay in Mexico City and run his contacts as a sort of private intelligence agency, while offering helpful advice to global corporations wanting to invest in Mexico. And he also planned to finish his autobiography.

Suddenly, there was a big fight between Angleton and Scott, mostly concerning that proposed book and also whether any evidence involving Oswald in Mexico remained in Scott’s personal safe. See, when you’re in the CIA or even the military, and suddenly you announce plans to resign and release a book, well, that’s when you lose all sympathy inside those agencies and become the enemy instead of continuing as a trusted friend.

Of course, Scott was soon dead from a “heart attack,” and immediately afterwards, agents showed up to clear out his house of sensitive material, especially the manuscript, which was taken to Washington and instantly classified, although selective bits and pieces have been released over the years.

When Angleton’s crew showed up to clean out the library, they were openly hostile, and told Scott’s adopted son Michael, “your father did not die from a heart attack.” That message may have been delivered to insure the son didn’t launch an investigation of his own.

SSangletonWhat possibly could have tweaked Angleton so much?

Well, maybe the fact it was Angleton’s Executive Action Team that killed JFK, while employing Angleton’s deep agent Oswald as the patsy pointing towards Cuba?

What a web Dulles and Angleton were weaving, eh? But then these guys were trained by British intelligence, masters of the arts of assassination and black magic.

Written by Steven Hager

September 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

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  1. Interesting, Steven. Wonder what Epstein & Trento would say about this……… ?

    Mark A. O'Blazney

    September 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    • I dunno, are they reliable, because there is so much more disinfo than real info ,and the waters have been muddied, but if you spend 45 years sifting through those waters like me, you can actually start connecting some real dots. This case was solved many years ago for those who were reading the best books on the subject, but you had to connect the best of the spook books with the best of the mob books, and then the real picture emerges clearly through the mud.

      Steven Hager

      September 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      • I’m intrigued. Can you offer a reading list?

        Also, what did you think of the Buscaglia book?


        August 7, 2015 at 5:10 am

        • Don’t know which book you refer to. “The Man Who Knew Too Much” by Dick Russell is a good place to start. My book is called “Secret Societies, Dirty MOney and Killing JFK.” Most recently, there is “JFK and the Unspeakable” by James Douglas. Most books on this subject are just intel rabbit holes leading nowhere.

          Steven Hager

          August 7, 2015 at 6:25 am

          • er, I got the name wrong… It was Bugliosi, the Manson prosecutor, who wrote “Four Days in November” I didn’t read it, but I saw him in a few interviews. He claims to have sifted through all of the evidience and debunks the major theories one at a time. He concluded that the official version was what most likely occurred


            August 7, 2015 at 7:20 am

          • I thought you probably meant Bugliosi. I wouldn’t waste my time reading his disinfo and Manson is another story entirely. Probably 90 percent of the books are manufactured, either to support the official story or create conspiracy theories so crazy that it makes all researchers look ridiculous.

            Steven Hager

            August 7, 2015 at 7:26 am

  2. I was thinking over what you said about why would it be David Phillips at the base of the TSBD after the shooting, and wouldn’t that cause dramas re him being Oswald’s handler.

    Since I don’t think Oswald was in the sixth floor shooting site at either end, and was in fact just in the lunch room (see the book The Girl On The Stairs) Phillips may have been there to make sure the patsy was controlled- and since very few even within the agency knew of Oswald’s real status, there was little to no risk. Phillips might have been there to reassure Oswald whilst ostensibly fulfilling some other kind of role.

    However Oswald, as you say in reality a skilled agent and not a dweeb, had already fled and got organised to meet a contact at the cinema.


    June 13, 2015 at 9:05 pm

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