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THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 7: The hand-off from De Mohrenschildt to the Paines)

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...stationed in the Soviet embassy in New Delhi:  Reel 13, Folder R - Marina Oswald, pp. 97-98.

De Mohrenschildt visited with CIA official J. Walton Moore and exchanged cards and letters, on a regular basis in the 1950s and 1960s:   FBI memo by W. James Wood re meeting with George De Mohrenschildt, 3/7/64, Russ Holmes Work File/NARA Record Number: 104-10414-10179.

In 1964, a similar memo by Moore admitted that he met de Mohrenschildt in 1957, "several times" in 1958 and 1959, and the last time in 1961:  Memo by J. Walton Moore, 5/1/64, Russ Holmes Work File/NARA Record Number:  104-10406-10105. 

De Mohrenschildt sent Moore a stack of contact reports in 1957 and 1958: Contact reports, Reel 5, Folder L - George de Mohrenschildt, pp. 88-98, 100, 102, NARA Record Number: 1994.04.25.14:01:26:660005.

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In 1958, Moore used de Mohrenschildt as a "contact" with a Polish official:  J. Walton Moore, Process Sheet for OO/C Collections, 2/11/58, HSCA Segregated CIA Collection (microfilm - reel 5: Conte - De Mohrenschildt)/NARA Record Number: 104-10244-10184. 

In 1960, Moore referred to de Mohrenschildt as a "cleared contact" for a copy of a memo on the USSR's use of petroleum:  Memo from J. Walton Moore to Acting Chief, Contact Division, Houston,   4/28/60, Reel 5, Folder L -- George de Mohrenschildt, NARA Record Number: 1994.04.25.14:01:26:660005. 

Moore visited the De Mohrenschildts' home in late 1961 to see a movie of their "walking tour" from Mexico to Panama:  HSCA Report, Volume 12, p. 54.

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Although the de Mohrenschildts said that they were tracking the mining trails of the old Spanish conquistadors, they found themselves with hundreds of Cuban exiles in Guatemala City, a staging area for the Bay of Pigs invasion that was about to begin:   Warren Commission Hearings, Volume 9, Testimony of George de Mohrenschildt, pp. 213-217.

De Mohrenschildt revealed a few hours before his death that Moore took him to lunch in late 1961, and described to him an ex-Marine in Minsk in whom the CIA had "interest"...:  Dick Russell, The Man who Knew Too Much (1992), p. 274.

After the assassination, R.S. Travis at the Domestic Contact Division identified the file numbers of ten separate domestic contact reports prepared by de Mohrenschildt , and sent a copy to the staff of Legend Maker #1 Jim Angleton at the counterintelligence office :   Memo by R.S. Travis, Contact Division, to Paul Hartman, CI Division, 4/20/64, Reel 52, Folder C - George de Mohrenschildt, pp. 32-33, NARA Record Number:   1994.04.26.09:19:10:570005.  

Travis referred to De Mohrenschildt as Moore's "source," and asked Moore to provide his personal evaluation of George for the CI Staff:  Id., at p. 31. 

Moore wrote an intriguing evaluation that admitted that he had sought out de Mohrenschildt as "the result of a source lead from Headquarters" in 1957, but scrambled to avoid any direct admissions of the role he played in bringing de Mohrenschildt and Oswald together: Memo by J. Walton Moore, 5/1/64, pp. 1-2, Russ Holmes Working File/NARA No. 104-10406-10105.

Moore's evaluation was so carefully prepared that the file includes what appears to be a far-different rough draft.   Id. pp. 3-4.

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Moore's poor memory triggered internal scrutiny by the CIA's Reinvestigation Program:   Investigative Transmittal Sheet for Moore, 4/29/64, HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 44 / NARA Record Number: 104-10124-10286;  Processing Sheet, NARA Record Number: 104-10124-10284.

Moore went so far as to tell the CI staffer for Legend Maker #1 James Angleton that "there is no White Russian 'community' in Dallas.  He knows of only a couple of Russian linguists who are used by the Socony labs for translation:  Handwritten note by R.S. Travis, 5/27/64, Reel 52, Folder C - George de Mohrenschildt, p. 10.

Moore was a former FBI agent and college roommate of Wallace Heitman, a Soviet language specialist who played the lead role for the FBI in controlling the first-day evidence:   Larry Hancock, Someone Would Have Talked (2010 edition), p. 326.

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