Saturday, July 29, 2017

Kelly's Top Ten Newly Released Records

Kelly's Top Ten Newly Released Records

JFK Assassination Records - 2017 Additional Documents Release

The National Archives and Records Administration is releasing documents previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act. The vast majority of the Collection (88%) has been open in full and released to the public since the late 1990s. The records at issue are documents previously identified as assassination records, but withheld in full or withheld in part.

This first batch of releases consists of 3,810 documents, including 441 formerly withheld-in-full documents and 3,369 documents formerly released with portions redacted.  The documents originate from FBI and CIA series identified by the Assassination Records Review Board as assassination records. More releases will follow.

Except for the Collins Radio file, most of these records are among the first batch previously released with redactions.

JFK Assassination Records - 2017 Additional Documents Release | National Archives

Many thanks to the folks at Black Vault who downloaded the complete batch and reformatted it so they are more easily scanned and reviewed.

Black Vault:
The Withheld JFK Assassination Documents - The Black Vault

These are not in any particular order other than the order I reviewed them.

1) The Collins Radio - 104-10107-10191 - (Not from the previously released with redactions group).
DOCID-32358065.PDF - [ JFKCountercoup2: New Collins Radio Document Released     ]

2) Martin and Mitchell - 104-10219-10088. 104-10219-10088.pdf - Report from inside Russia on NSA defectors William H. Martin and Beron F. Mitchell, confirming they went to Moscow via Mexico and Cuba, the same route Oswald wanted to take.

3) Drew Pearson's interview with Khrushchev - 104-10003-10064 DOCID-32105956.PDF. Khrushchev disbelieves the Warren Report and criticized American intelligence agencies.  "Pearson repeated that the reaction of Chairman Khrushchev and his wife was one of flat disbelief and archetypical of the universal European belief that there was some kind of American conspiracy behind the assassination of President Kennedy and the murder of Oswald....could not believe that the affair had happened as it apparently did and Mr. Pearson made no headway whatsoever in trying to change their belief that something was not on the level. Chairman Khruschev greeted Mr. and Mrs. Pearson's efforts with a tolerant smile..."

4) ROSELLI:CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS. 157-10014-10236. DOCID-32423624.PDF. Drew Pearson's protege Jack Anderson interviews John Rosselli immediately after he testified in secret Congressional hearing about his CIA Cuban activities, four plots to kill Castro and his case officer William Harvey. "The CIA has maintained throughout that the Oswald 201 file was a complete compilation of the material related to the assassination of President Kennedy. However, information relating to who Lee Harvey Oswald was, and what he was doing are not included in their files. The Oswald 201 file does not attempt to question Oswald's connection with both pro-Castro and anti-Castro groups or any of the AMLASH information. The most notable subject missing was information relating to CIA/U.S. Government attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro." Note: Anderson's story beings on page 27 and the Rosselli Chronology begins on page 38. Anderson: "So here is Rosselli's own account of a real-life 'Mission Impossible' - the attempt to kill Castro. It is a story of cash payments, poison pellets, high-powered rifles and powerboat dashes to Cuba."

5) Rock Com transcript of Fletcher Prouty interview. 178-10004-10418. DOCID-32105600.PDF.
Air Force Colonel Prouty recalls his role as Air Force Liason to CIA at the Pentagon. "The Agency and the government can say that an assassination is not our business. An assassination is when everything else fails.

6) Rock Com memo of interview with Ed Lansdale. 178-10004-10217. DOCID-32105801.PDF
TITLE: OUTLINE OF COVERT OPERATIONS. 31 October 1962. Report to Roswell Gilpatrick on the covert activities inside Cuba. "As for psychological operations, all CIA assets had been turned over to USIA for operational use." Two action teams in side Cuba.

7) Report on 1960 briefing of William Paley. 104-10265-10074. 104-10265-10074.pdf.  30 March 1960 Memo regarding contact with William Pawley in Miami. Items of operational importance. "Mr. Pawley was told that the time had arrived for careful coordination of all activities: that permission had been granted for an all-out operation..."

8) Sheraton Notebook. 104-10006-10026. DOCID-32106450.PDF. Report on notebook with Assassination related items found in a  Sheraton Hotel room.  "The text is redacted because it reveals the identity of an intelligence agent..." Investigation concerning notebook found in room 2422, Sheraton-Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas, containing handwritten notes in English regarding Oswald and the assassination of JFK. (Note: I believe the notes were from a reporter)

9) CABLE - ALVARADO. 104-10015-10398. DOCID-32341750.PDF. Report Alvarado is fabricating his story of seeing Oswald taken money in the Cuban embassy. "The fact that Alvarado is a calm, nice and intelligent young man does not mean he is not a fabricator."

10)  Profile of Guy P. Johnson. 104-10170-10468. 104-10170-10468.pdf. New Orleans attorney who represented Clay Shaw early in the proceedings. Former ONI Naval Distric Intelligence officer on Guam. "According to Edward SUGGS, (Jack MARTIN - not a reliable source) JOHNSON claimed to have a secret U.S. Senate document called the "Homme Report." This report allegedly proves that Robert KENNEDY 'had contract out on' Fidel CASTRO at the time President Kennedy was assassinated."


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    1. (Pearson's interview of Khrushchev, recapped by Helms was amazing)

  2. DOCID-32106450.PDF -- notebook still classified, I guess...

  3. Last: 104-10177-10057.PDF "Oswald Case" is illegible. I put in extra FOIA request for this. --Bill