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The JFK Case; the Office that Spied on its Own Spies

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The House Select Committee on Assassinations knew about this practice and looked for Oswald files under these various names during their investigation of this case during the 70s: List of Documents Requested From Blakey, p. 13, HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 20/NARA Record Number: 104-10081-10025.

"The Agency was not, under any circumstances, to make inquiries or ask questions of any source or defector about Oswald: Memorandum re Harvey Lee Oswald, 4/5/62, Russ Holmes Work File/NARA Record Number: 104-10440-10039
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This note was apparently precipitated by the defection of Soviet agent Oleg Lyalin, best known for causing 105 Soviet agents to be expelled from Britain. See the notes of bemused CIA archivist Russ Holmes to Mrs. E___, probably Mrs. Ann Egerter, where Holmes confesses: "Interesting Oswald angle, DCS (Domestic Contact Services) source protection angle which cannot understand myself. However, we should note this re Oswald for the future Pete (probably Pete Bagley) has seen and I routed orig to Rocca"(Bagley and Rocca are counterintelligence supervisors)
Russ Holmes Work File/NARA Record Number: 104-10440-10039

Domestic Contact Services has been described as a debriefing operation.
Deposition of Victor Marchetti, 3/28/75, p. 66 Church Committee Boxed Files, NARA Record Number: 157-10011-10092.

Thomas Casasin, chief of Soviet Russia. Division 6, wrote that at one point he had "operational interest in the Harvey story" that involved the theme of defection: Memo for the record, Thomas B. Casasin, 11/25/63, Russ Holmes Work File/NARA Record Number: 104-10429-10239.

Lt. Harvey Oswald was reported to be seen in a well-known bar in Havana with leading FPCC leader Robert Taber right after the Bay of Pigs invasion:
Report by Lambert L. Anderson at FBI HQ to SAC, New York (reporting tip from army intelligence), 1/28/64, FBI JFK Assassination File (62-109060), Section 43, pp. 88-89. click here=62297&relPageId=89

The Warren Commission documented someone named "Harvey Oswald" appearing at the Selective Service office in Austin to complain about his military discharge at the same time that another Oswald was heading to Mexico City: Memo by Mrs. Lee Dannelly, Asst. Chief for Administrative Services, State Selective Service HQ, 12/30/63; Warren Commission Exhibit 2137, Volume 24, page 734.


There is a list of about 100 files that have his name inverted by the authorities: See Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics II: The New Revelations in U.S. Government Files, 1994-1995, p. 142, Appendix II, "The Documentary Life of Harvey Lee Oswald".

In the game of molehunting, of course, the distinction between targeter and targeted is not a secure one. The situation is something like the parlor game of Murder, in which the culprit is"likely to be one of the investigators: For more on this subject, see Peter Dale Scott, "Oswald and the Hunt for Popov's Mole", Fourth Decade, March 1996, at p. 14. If Scott offers many ways that the "marked card" was used.

By 1980, Congress was forced to pass a bill to compensate the unfairly accused officers in what became known as the "Mole Relief Act":
David Wise, Molehunt (Random House, 1992), see footnote 5.

The first document, dated October 8, 1963 from LADILLINGER, mentions a phone tap on the Soviet embassy in Mexico City that supposedly picked up a call from Lee Oswald on October 1 in "broken Russian":
Memo from "LADILLINGER" in the Mexico City CIA station to CIA Headquarters, 10/8/63, Russ Holmes Work File/NARA Record Number: 104-10422-10205.

LIENVOY refers to the phone tap program. LIEMPTY refers to the hidden camera program.

Peter Gregory, a Russian translator, told the FBI that Oswald was skilled enough at Russian to be a translator himself: 11/29/63 FBI interview by SA Earle Haley with Peter Gregory; Warren Commission Document 5, p. 290.

FBI documents state that Dallas FBI agents who knew Oswald's voice listened to the tape of the phone tap and described the voice as not Oswald's: FBI HQ supervisor Alan Belmont to FBI supervisor Clyde Tolson, 11/23/63, see Lopez Report, Addendum to Footnote 614.

The CIA subsequently denied that this tape existed after the assassination...: Report of the HSCA on the CIA's Handling of the Assassination, p. 7. HSCA Segregated CIA Collection (staff notes)/NARA Record Number: 180-10140-10044.

...and convinced the Dallas agents to cover up the tape's existence: Id.,
at p. 6.

Warren Commissioner David Slawson has admitted listening to the tape after the assassination, and is curiously vague and closed-mouthed about it: Joseph N. Riley, Listening to Lee, Fair Play Magazine.

CIA agent Anne Goodpasture admitted in 1995 that her boss Win Scott may have had a copy of the tape and "squirreled it away in his safe":
Deposition of Anne Goodpasture, AARB, Dec. 15, 1995, p. 147.

Goodpasture said that the tape technician Arnold Arehart would know
if a copy was made, as he was in the tape center "all the time".
Deposition of Anne Goodpasture, AARB, Dec. 15, 1995, pp. 147-148.

The House committee found the story of the photo "highly implausible": Lopez Report, id., pp. 153-154.

That picture and the tape do not correspond to this man's voice, nor to his appearance. In other words, it appears that there is a second person who was at the Soviet embassy:
LBJ phone call with Hoover, 11/23/63.

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