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Jefferson Morley asks why "what the CIA knew about Herminio Diaz is still off limits."

Updated: Dec 17, 2022


In a recent substack column, Jefferson Morley talks about his examination of 33 CIA files.


What was unsurprising, unfortunately, was the pattern of deception found in the releases. The CIA claimed it had released 10,095 of 11,275 previously redacted documents. Rex Bradford and I did some fact checking. To test the reality of the apparently sweeping disclosure, we examined 33 redacted documents that we thought were potentially interesting about the events of 1963.

They included:

— the 1963 job description of Ann Goodpasture, a rare female CIA officer of that era, who knew all about the CIA’s surveillance of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before Kennedy was killed.

—the closed-door testimony of a CIA officer familiar with Oswald’s visit to the Cuban and Soviet diplomatic offices in Mexico City in October 1963.

—a redacted FBI report on a Cuban sharpshooter named Herminio Diaz whose friends —and Fidel Castro’s intelligence service—came to believe had been a gunman in Dealey Plaza.


Morley complains that only 13 of the 33 files are available in unredacted form,.


And Morley still believes that the Diaz document is still redacted.

What the CIA knew about Herminio Diaz is still off limits to you and me. You don’t have to be a conspiacy theorist to wonder why.

Of course, this document is an FBI document which was probably sent to the CIA.


Here is the file that Morley linked to:



However, had he even done a cursory search on the Mary Ferrell website, he could have found a minimally redacted copy of the relevant part of that FBI document:

You can tell it's the same document by the markings after the paragraph which starts, "On July 24, 1965."


I suspect that more examples like this will turn up in the next few days.


Now, was the redacted information "assassination-related." I am not so sure.

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