After 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. Like most in the CIA, Whitten had no idea that people at JM/Wave had been secretly working with members of the Sicilian men-of-honor society on assassinating Fidel Castro.
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.
Whitten’s investigation was narrowing down to the CIA’s largest station outside Langley known as JM/Wave. The key figures posted there were Ted Shackley, David Morales, George Joannides, Rip Robertson, Thomas Klines and (formerly) William K. Harvey. In fact, Harvey had been in charge of an executive action program for removing foreign heads of state. But JFK wanted that program halted and was furious when Harvey kept moving forward with operations against Cuba, so he ordered Harvey sacked. Instead, Angleton quietly moved Harvey to Italy, while the executive action project re-assembled for a new target: JFK.
Funny how just when Whitten began poking around JM/Wave, Helms took him off the investigation 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. Joannides was in charge of the anti-Castro Cuban group Oswald had some staged encounters with in New Orleans, a group that seems to have participated in the cover-up.
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. They lived fairly nearby, Giancana in Chicago and Harvey in northern Indiana.
After Giancana was gone in the summer of 1975, Roselli lost his power base and fled to Florida seeking refuge with the Trafficante organization. Within a year, Harvey was dead, and two months later, Roselli wound up diced up in little pieces in a barrel in Biscayne Bay.
Much later, Whitten was asked during the Congressional investigation why Harvey’s wife burned his papers after his death, implying that there might have been a smoking gun. “He was too young to have assassinated McKinley and Lincoln,” replied Whitten. “It could have been anything.”
(Excerpted from Killing Kennedy: The Real Story.)
5 Replies to “John M. Whitten is a key to JFK’s assassination”
Jimmy Stewart imagined Harvey. Not quite the same, izzit? Thanks for writing!
ever read “mafia kingfish” ? i always wondered if it was chaff. check out this new link. http://www.nationalenquirer.com/true-crime/world-exclusive-mafia-boss-confesses-i-killed-jfk
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.
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.
Dan Marvin claims the sniper on the Records Building roof was surrounded by protective FBI agents. Not too likely as that would be too risky. Probably they were guys with fake FBI credentials (like what Chauncey Holt made in the way of fake Secret Service credentials), as in ready to “escort the arrestee away for questioning” in case of prompt detection and interception by anybody honest.
When the James Earl Ray getaway car was found, there was an interesting note in the passenger door pocket. Jack Ruby was dead, but the car carried a notation with the Carousel Club address on it. Must have been a pow-wow point for meeting Ray and steering him into the Lee Harvey Moron position.