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E. Howard Hunt's Presence in Dallas on Nov 22, 1963 -- and the Veracity of His Confessions...

•, By Phillip F. Nelson

Partial Copy of Newspaper Dated 8/20/1978 — Full Article Presented Below (pages 2-3)

Fifteen years after JFK's assassination the world awoke to the news from the House Selection Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) that the man who had been "in the middle" of the Watergate burglary scandal was now suspected as having also been involved, mysteriously, in JFK's murder. E. Howard Hunt had a long history with the CIA and many of the other operatives working under James Jesus Angleton and Cord Meyer; the next highest in the hierarchy was Bill Harvey, from Operation Mongoose. In 1961-63, Harvey had attempted to neutralize Cuban President Fidel Castro and was arguably the foremost hater of both Kennedys, especially Robert, who had taken over the "Special Group" assigned to oversee that operation. Among the others were a number of born renegades, all fellow haters of the Kennedys — David Morales, Rip Robertson and Antonio Veciana, the ruthless leader of Alpha 66. Veciana's CIA handler was David Atlee Phillips, a key planner/supervisor who essentially "confessed" his role to his brother before his own death. Morales was one of several men who died mysteriously just before he was to testify before the HSCA in 1978.

One of the more significant results of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1977-78 was the alleged discovery of a secret 1966 CIA memorandum which purportedly revealed the fact that E. Howard Hunt had been in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Yet, as quickly as it appeared in the newspaper headline (above) on August 20, 1978, all references to it subsequently disappeared.

That article was presumed by many to have been based upon the publication of an essay titled "CIA TO ADMIT HUNT INVOLVEMENT IN KENNEDY SLAYING" just six days before, on August 14, 1978. It had been published by the conservative, right-wing Liberty Lobby in its magazine The Spotlight, and authored by the retired veteran CIA officer Victor Marchetti, who later had become one of its most prominent critics. That original article, much-more provocative than the newspaper article above, was reproduced in Mark Lane's Plausible Denial and is presented in pages 4-7 below.[1] However, the two articles were not related, they had separately sprang from some third party source because, as Mark Lane established, the two authors had never met and barely knew of the other's existence and, when Joe Trento wrote his article on August 20th, he had no knowledge of the existence of Marchetti's article published on August 14th: In fact, he only learned of it in the middle of 1984, when Lane informed him of it.[2]