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John M. Whitten is a key to JFK’s assassination

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Whitten-150x150After Kennedy was killed, CIA chief Richard Helms put John Moss Whitten in charge of the CIA’s internal investigation of the assassination, which probably goes to show how little knowledge had seeped into the agency outside Miami.

Whitten was doing a good job, despite being initially swamped by a blizzard of crackpot material provided by the FBI. If you want to understand why so much crazy material appears immediately after an event like JFK or 9/11, just realize it’s manufactured as chaff to be tossed out of a jet shaking off a heat-seeking missile. But once Whitten spoke to Win Scott, CIA chief in Mexico, who had been conducting his own secret investigation, he realized CIA files on Oswald were being withheld by Helms and Angleton.


William K. Harvey

Whitten’s investigation was narrowing down to the CIA’s anti-Cuban office in Miami known as JM/WAVE. The key figures posted there were Ted Shackley, David Morales, George Joannides, Rip Robertson, Thomas Klines and William K. Harvey. In fact, Harvey had been put in charge of the “Executive Action” program for the assassination of foreign heads of state. But JFK ordered that program halted and was furious when Harvey kept moving forward with terror operations against Cuba, so he ordered Harvey sacked. Instead, Angleton quietly moved Harvey to Italy, while his team re-assembled for a new target: JFK.

Funny how just when Whitten started figuring out what happened, Helms took him off the project and arm-chaired him out of the picture. And guess who replaced Whitten? Why, James Angleton, of course. Now watch the dead bodies pile up around Angleton, starting with Win Scott.

Funny how George Joannides was brought out of retirement to act as the CIA’s liason with the Congressional investigation? But you can probably understand why they keep putting the fox in charge of the hen house when it comes to this story.

You know Sam Giancana got whacked while alone with someone he trusted, making breakfast when he got a unexpected bullet in the back of his skull. According to some highly placed CIA officials, the shooter was William K. Harvey, who would have been covering his tracks on the Kennedy killing.

After Giancana was gone, Roselli lost his power base and fled to Florida seeking refuge with the Trafficante organization. Before long, however, he wound up diced up in little pieces in a barrel in Biscayne Bay, but in his case the CIA may have just hired some Sicilian men of honor to handle that messy assignment, as I just can’t imagine Harvey cutting up his good buddy Handsome Johnny like that.

Written by Steven Hager

November 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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  1. Jimmy Stewart imagined Harvey. Not quite the same, izzit? Thanks for writing!

    Mark A. O'Blazney

    November 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    • ever read “mafia kingfish” ? i always wondered if it was chaff. check out this new link.


      November 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      • Consider the source: National Enquirer? But here’s the reality, Carlos knew, so did Traffacante and some others. Giancana had to tell the major Dons because you can’t just go around whacking the President without checking first, not if you plan to use the men of honor to kill him. So to almost everyone in that society: they did it. They don’t comprehend that Clint Murchison put up the $150,000. Or that the plot ran much deeper, to the highest levels of the CIA and Pentagon. But you can see all those tracks revealed as the cover-up unfolds and the lies and dead bodies pile higher and higher.

        Steven Hager

        November 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        • One thing that struck me in the assassination of MLK Jr was the discovery by William Pepper of the military photography team AND a military sniper team, shadowing the extremist shooter and being in a similar if more elevated position – so as to also fire if things went wrong? A kind of insurance policy so that even if a shooter chickened out or screwed up there would be zero chance he or they could ever deny being there and trying to do the kill, whilst in reality marksmen actually took out the target.

          It reminded me of the records building roof and courts building roof in the JFK kill site and the allegations the best sniper on the Dallas force was up there during the triangulated crossfire that killed JFK.


          June 13, 2015 at 8:59 pm

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