JFK Facts Podcast: What Does the Heath Memo Tell Us About the CIA and November 22?
Join the conversation about a 46-year old document that just came into public view.
Last month, the CIA revealed for the first time the identity of an undercover officer who participated in an internal Agency investigation of JFK’s assassination that was never disclosed to the Congress or the public.
I’ll be talking about Donald Heath’s memo and what it means for the JFK story on the JFK Facts Podcast with Larry Schnapf, tonight (and every Thursday night) at 8 pm ET
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The Back Story
Donald Heath Jr., an officer in the Agency’s Miami station, wrote a four page letter to congressional investigators in March 1977 sharing what he knew of the CIA’s investigation of Kennedy’s enemies in Miami.
I reported about Heath’s memo last Thursday: “Declassified Memo Reveals CIA Investigated Cuban Exiles for JFK's Assassination.
Here is Heath’s unredacted memo.
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I have another good follow up question to the Heath memo podcast discussion. I’m not sure when the redacted version of this document was originally released or if that matters. The law is clear. Anything withheld after the 2017 deadline for full release requires an explanation. This begs the question- why did the CIA withhold Heath’s name? I can’t think of any reason that would meet the criteria mandated by the law. This is a clear example for why any further redactions need to obey the law and provide for a legitimate reason for continuing to do so. This memo can now be used as a good talking point and a perfect example for why any future redactions must obey the law and provide legitimate reasons for any subsequent redactions
I would suggest they were searching for more information regarding who Rene Dussaq was working with.