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AFP Video Review
with Michael Collins Piper
Will Hollywood Make Hero of Traitor?
New Hollywood Movie About
CIA Intriguer James Angleton
By Michael Collins Piper
of Hollywood’s biggest stars are slated for a new film just
beginning production: a thinly-veiled biography of one of the CIA’s
most controversial figures, the spy agency’s longtime counterintelligence
chief, James Angleton, who died in 1987.
The film is entitled The Good Shepherd,
but even a cursory review of Angleton’s life and crimes suggests
such a title could hardly be applied to Angleton whose misdeeds
lie at the bottom of some of the most infamous events in American
That why it’s appropriate to put out the facts about Angleton
so that Hollywood ensures the truth is told, rather than a falsified
“legend” of the type Angleton so often created while
operating behind the scenes in all manner of global trickery.
Since Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie — two younger members
of the Hollywood elite — will play Angleton and his wife,
this suggests Angleton will be portrayed as a glamorous James Bond-type
hero. Popular actor Robert DeNiro reportedly will briefly portray
Angleton in later life, when, in fact, Angleton was a delusional,
paranoid alcoholic who feared the dark secrets surrounding his own
machinations would be unveiled, as, in many cases, they were.
That Miss Jolie is in this film about Angleton — who was the
CIA’s fanatically pro-Israel liaison to Israel’s intelligence
agency, Mossad — is ironic: Miss Jolie’s great-uncle,
the late Joseph P. Kamp, was an outspoken critic of the pro-Israel
policies promoted by Angleton. Miss Jolie is the daughter of actor
Jon Voight, Kamp’s nephew.
Some may recall Kamp as a correspondent for the former Spotlight
newspaper, following a stellar career in journalism going back to
the 1920s. Kamp produced dozens of reports, many of them relating
to the activities of the Israeli lobby in America, of which Angleton
was a trusted ally. In fact, Angleton was so valued by Israel that,
upon his death, the Israelis constructed a monument in Israel in
Even more ironic — considering the Jolie-Kamp-Spotlight
link — is that Angleton was the very CIA figure who generated
a disinformation campaign, through one of his media “cutouts”
— a slippery character named Robert Corson — that led
to The Spotlight being sued by ex-CIA
officer E. Howard Hunt.
Angleton — at the time retired, but still scheming —
used Corson to circulate a story suggesting Hunt had been in Dallas
the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Corson leaked
the story to several journalists, including former CIA official-turned-CIA
critic Victor Marchetti.
In writing an account of the tale for The Spotlight,
Marchetti concluded that Angleton’s story was a ruse to confuse
legitimate inquiries into the assassination, a “limited hangout,”
designed to make Hunt appear a “rogue” agent and thereby
absolve the CIA of any institutional blame in the crime. So even
though Angleton was attempting to throw Hunt to the wolves, Hunt
instead turned around and sued The Spotlight.
Had it not been for the skillful defense of the newspaper by famed
attorney and JFK assassination investigator Mark Lane — who
convinced a jury the CIA had been involved in the president’s
murder — The Spotlight would have
perished in 1984.
That Angleton promoted JFK disinformation is interesting since,
as Lane penned down in his book Plausible Denial,
it is clear Angleton was a key player in the JFK conspiracy. This
is no surprise, since Angleton is known to have been involved in
illicitly diverting American uranium to Israel to advance Israel’s
nuclear weapons program, which JFK was so determined to stop.
Thanks to the BBC documentary, USS Liberty — Dead
in the Water, it is believed that Angleton was also
a key player in the mass murder by Israel of 34 American sailors
aboard the USS Liberty.
On June 7, 1967, Israeli forces attacked the USS Liberty in the
Mediterranean. The BBC’s documentary noted that Angleton conspired
with the Israelis to place the Liberty on the scene to enable the
attack. Then, Angleton and other traitors attempted to trick President
Lyndon Johnson into believing the attack was an act of war against
the United States by Egypt.
Initially taken in, Johnson ordered a nuclear strike on Cairo, but
canceled it only at the last minute when the facts came to the fore,
thus scuttling this evil scheme by Angleton and his Israeli allies.
Incidentally, the Israeli attack on the Liberty was covered up by
the American press for nine years until 1976, when it was exposed
by The Spotlight.
However, the Angleton story gets murkier. Although ostensibly anti-Soviet,
constantly searching for a reputed KGB mole whom he said was operating
at the top levels of the CIA — a scenario that created havoc
within the CIA for years — details ultimately emerged pointing
to the belief now held by many former CIA officials (and which was
even the conclusion of an internal CIA inquiry) that the mole hunter
— Angleton — was, in fact, the mole.
The record also shows that, back as far as the 1950s, Angleton was
the key figure in forging CIA ties to the Meyer Lansky crime syndicate,
lending support to the heroin trade and utilizing mob gambling enterprises
for money laundering and other covert ventures.
Evidence also points to Angleton’s role in instigating the
“Watergate” scandal that brought down President Nixon
who — like JFK — had begun to move against Angleton’s
Israeli friends. Then, after Nixon fell, Angleton was thrown out
of the CIA by the new CIA director, William Colby, who was fed up
with Angleton’s pro- Israel intrigues. After he left the CIA,
Colby mysteriously died in an “accident.”
It is thus no surprise that Angleton’s bizarre career has
already been memorialized in Aaron Latham’s controversial,
hard-to-find and oddly-titled novel, Orchids for Mother.
Known by his CIA nickname, “Mother,” Angleton was an
avid cultivator of orchids, flowers known for changing their colors,
a point not unnoticed by those who have studied his strange career.
Photographs of James J. Angleton (subcaptioned: "Soviet
mole,"), Meyer Lansky ("Crime kingpin"),
Richard Nixon ("Fallen leader"), and William Colby
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