Can we expect anything new or exciting when the government declassifies the JFK assassination documents in 2017?

Can we expect anything new or exciting when the government declassifies the JFK assassination docume… by Tony Garcia

Answer by Tony Garcia:

In a lawsuit filed by convicted Watergate burglar and former CIA officer E. Howard Hunt filed against Liberty Lobby, Plaintiff’s Exhibit -10-80-P121-00 E. Howard Hunt, Jr. Plaintiff, v. Liberty Lobby, A D.C. Corporation. Case No. 80-1121-Civ-JWK, former Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of CIA Victor Marchetti gave a depostion on July 9, 1984, in which he detailed a “limited hangout” implemented by CIA since the mid-1970’s with regard to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

According to Mr. Marchetti, a meeting of several high-ranking clandestine CIA officers and some former top officials was held at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. They discussed what to do about the then-recent revelations associating President Kennedy’s accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, with CIA. A decision was made to stage a limited hangout when the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) held its open public hearings.

When a cover story to an operation starts to unravel, an intelligence agency will first attempt to misinform the public via a limited hangout, that is, admitting—sometimes even volunteering—some of the truth while withholding key facts.

In the case of the Kennedy assassination, this meant a few sensational disclosures, for example:

  • Exposing a few key “renegade” operatives within the Agency, like Hunt, David Atlee Phillips and contract agents Frank (Fiorini) Sturgis and Gerry Patrick Hemming;
  • Releasing to HSCA a “forgotten” internal CIA memorandum, written in 1966, that said, in essence, some day CIA will have to explain Hunt’s presence in Dallas on November 22, 1963—the day President Kennedy was killed.
  • Releasing another forgotten CIA memorandum to the HSCA, written on March 3, 1964, by DCI John McCone to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover regarding “Oswald’s activies and assignments,” stating that Oswald was in fact trained by the Agency under cover of the Office of Naval Intelligence;
  • Allowing low-level operatives who were not part of the hit teams but provided logistical support to testify before the HSCA, as did CIA contract agent William Robert “Tosh” Plumlee who claimed his mission was to fly a covert team to Dallas to thwart the assassination;
  • Leaving key evidentiary clues for researchers pointing to a cover-up, such as destroying the same key frames on home movies of the presidential motorcade that showed Kennedy’s limousine after its turn from Houston Street onto Elm Street.

Further revelations, if there are any, I feel will only substantiate information already made public.

Can we expect anything new or exciting when the government declassifies the JFK assassination documents in 2017?

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