Sunday, March 31, 2013

50 Years Since JFK Assassination Retrospective: Dan Rather And The CIA

Former CBS Evening News Anchor Dan Rather and former CBS News producer Les Midgeley apparently secretly met with CIA Director William Colby in 1975 "to discuss a forthcoming documentary on assassinations," according to Southeastern Massachusetts University Professor of Political Science Philip Melanson's 1990 book, Spy Saga: Lee Harvey Oswald and U.S. Intelligence. The same book also noted:

"According to a September 6, 1975 `Memorandum of Conversation' authored by Colby (obtained by the author from the Agency's Kennedy assassination file), the meeting covered `a variety of matters,' but the topic of Oswald's possible connection to the CIA seems clearly to have been the central concern...The memo concludes on a hopeful note but refuses to leave things to chance.

"`The two gentlemen expressed appreciation for our discussion...From their attitude, I believe there is a chance that the program will indicate that there is no CIA connection with Oswald beyond that noted above...We must, however, insure that Mr. Rather does not learn anything which would cause the slightest doubt on the above account before he produces the program in November.'"

(Downtown 6/9/93)

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