She Signed for Detailed Report on Oswald Eight Days Before Kennedy Was Killed
Jane Roman, counterintelligence officer, learned the itinerant ex-Marine had recently moved to Texas.
Here’s the key document driving the headline of today’s story, “Angleton Received FBI Report on Oswald a Week Before JFK's Assassination.”
Jane Roman was one of the most senior women working in the CIA in the 1950s and 1960s when females were mostly excluded from positions of power in the clandestine Service. As liaison officer for counterintelligence chief James Angleton, Roman handled all of his communications with other U.S. government agencies. Given the secrecy of counterintelligence work, it was a position of high trust, which she held for more than a decade. A graduate of Vassar College, Jane Atherton Roman was married to Howard Roman, also a CIA officer and ghostwriter for director Allen Dulles.
In early November 1963, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover sent Angleton a recent FBI report on Lee Harvey Oswald, written by Milton Kaack, an FBI agent in New Orleans.
Kaack’s report was routed to Roman’s office, CI/LS, meaning Counterintelligence Liaison. She signed for the report on November 14, 1963, with her initials “JAR.”
After she read the report Roman knew that the former Soviet defector Lee Oswald, who had recently made contact with presumed KGB officer in Mexico City, had moved to Texas. Whether she told Angleton about Oswald is unknown. Presumably, Roman shared the report with Angleton but only the CIA knows for sure.
JFK had eight days to live.
[Read the story here: “Angleton Received FBI Report on Oswald a Week Before JFK's Assassination.”]