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Its purpose was to remove suspicion that the Soviet Union was in charge of the assassination.

In accordance with this former CIA chief under the Clinton government, James Woolsey, and the former head of Romania’s equivalent of the KGB, the appropriately named DIE, Ion Mihai Pacepa, President Kennedy was shot orders coming from Nikita Khrushchev himself from representatives of the Soviet Union. Operation Dragon advances a new version of the concept already proposed by Gen. Pacepa in a prior book printed in 2007, Programmed to Kill.

The one difference is that now around Pacepa is connected by the former head of the CIA, James Woolsey. From my reading, it’s unclear what if anything else Woolsey donated, since all the discussions come from Pacepa with a couple of references to Woolsey believing some of this book’s promises. Why a nicely thought of intelligence and businessman leader would lend his name to this job remains a puzzle, since almost everything in this book is absolute fantasy introduced without compelling evidence.

Delusion and Disinformation

The plot was called off following Stalin’s death, and the would-be assassin retired by the KGB. That proposed plot was really detailed in Britain from the defector Vasili Mitrokhin from 1992, when he copied extensive files in the KGB archives and revealed many Cold War keys to the West. The assassination was carried out with a Soviet agent named Grigulevich working under the alias Tedoro Castro, a wealthy Costa Rica coffee merchant, who met regularly with the Pope.

Why is this actually included? Perhaps it’s there to inform readers that actual plots to kill foreign leaders were in fact exactly what the KGB did. The story does not have any relation to the book’s most important point.

After writing this, Woolsey and Pacepa present several paragraphs that anyone knowing the history of the American left will howl about in response. They consult with an American citizen named Bob Avakian, a supporter of Maoism, who once posted a photograph of himself standing next to Mao in Tiananmen Square.

Avakian formed an American Maoist set in California, he called the Revolutionary Communist Party. A small and hardly influential Marxist-Leninist sect, the group was anything but a mass movement, and never approached the membership from the American Communist Party, even in its era of decline, when the party could boast just a few million members. The authors then inquire whether Avakian has been”a contemporary version of Grigulevich.” They admit that they have no”contemporary source” with this assertion. Their proof, such as it is, consists only in the fact in the time of the own writing, Avakian was at the practice of writing a brand fresh Soviet-style Constitution to the united states of america.

Sadlythis is the kind of”evidence” presented throughout the book for all its claims, however, especially for the concept that the Soviet Union was in charge of J.F.K.’s assassination. The reader is assumed to trust the authors and their conclusion, though the”evidence” that they provide is based on dubious sources and relies on a single record in particular that most likely doesn’t exist or was a KGB forged disinformation source.

After a couple of chapters providing the history and growth of Soviet espionage, that was treated by other people but sets the platform for its thesis of the novel, Pacepa and Woolsey get down to business in a chapter titled”Stealing America’s Nuclear Bomb.” Here, the focus is on the chief scientist of the Manhattan Project, J. Robert Oppenheimer. In their eyes, Oppenheimer has been the best Soviet spy in America’s secret wartime job. The obligation to recruit scientists to provide the data for creating a bomb was placed in the control of a leading intelligence representative, Lt. General Pavel Sudoplatov, whose accounts Pacepa and Woolsey trust implicitly.

The problem is that none of Oppenheimer’s biographers have found any evidence he was a Soviet agent. Indeedback in 2011 the preeminent founders of Soviet espionage, Harvey Klehr and John Earl Haynes demonstrated Sudoplatov’s lack of credibility in a lengthy newspaper,”Particular Tasks and Holy Secrets on Soviet Atomic Espionage.”

Woolsey and Pacepa rely so heavily on Sacred Secrets that Klehr and Haynes’ demolition of this book casts serious doubt on all of Operation Dragon’s promises as well.

A Credibility Gap

Woolsey and Pacepa ignore the very best available study on Soviet espionage (Klehr, Haynes, and Vassiliev’s Spies) from slander, asserting that the authors take”the barrage of disinformation the Russians have spread.” After the collapse of the Soviet Union along with his turn from intellect to fiction, he was offered the mission of writing a history of the KGB. During this time, Vassiliev faithfully replicated several of the files he was granted to support his study. After emigrating to the U.K. in 1996, he was able to recover his study, which became the basis for two books on Soviet espionage.

Pacepa and Woolsey don’t take the documents in Spies, a lot of which can be confirmed by records found in the Venona Project–a cache of information Soviet KGB messages sent to representatives from the United States that allowed scholars to understand the Soviet intelligence operated. Instead, they smear Vassiliev, asserting without a shred of evidence that the KGB gave Vassiliev the records to launch at London as Soviet disinformation. Woolsey and Pacepa compose:

The Vassiliev laptops are not credible, since they have been made by the KGB especially because of their book in the United States and surfaced soon after the book of Sudoplatov’s memoirs. Its most references to the unrecruited Oppenheimer appear to be disinformation made to hide the fact he was really a cooperative source who allowed Russia to construct its own atomic bomb.

The authors’ rejection of Spies is based only on the fact that its evidence doesn’t adapt to their contention that Oppenheimer was a Soviet spy. Againas Klehr and Haynes finish,”the signs the mid-1940s [Oppenheimer] had abandoned his earlier Communist allegiance behind and truly supported America’s part in the Cold War is entirely persuasive.”

Nonetheless, Woolsey and Pacepa insist that Vassiliev’s laptops are”spurious,” and that”the KGB officially published [them] for book in the U.S. in 2009.” (They make no distinction between the KGB and its successor organization, the SVR). They say that Klehr and Haynes”ardently dismiss all of Sudoplatov’s accounts on atomic espionage as the ramblings of a feeble mind based on’sparse documentation free of provenance. ”’ He neglects to mention that a lot of Vassiliev’s files are verified by their concurrence with files in the Venona transcripts, they completely ignore.

The 2 authors then use and current as major evidence a record that appeared in the Schechter’s book literary Keys. That document is supposedly a top-secret letter dated Oct. 2, 1944, supposedly written by the mind of Soviet Condition security, Boris Merkulov, to Stalin’s intelligence leader, Lavrenti Beria. It’s considered so essential that the authors replicate it in total.

The letter contains Merkulov telling Beria from 1941 to 1943, they were given reports about the A-bomb trainings on uranium and its growth from 2 KGB agents, Vasily Zarubin and Grigory Kheifetz. They were informed about the onset of this work in 1942, Merkulov says, by J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was”an undercover member of the apparat of Comrade [Earl] Browder”–in other words, a part of the American Communist Party. It goes on to say CPUSA chief Browder affirmed that Oppenheimer also”provided collaboration in access to this study for a number of our tested sources.” That contained”a comparative of Comrade Browder.” Merkulov then recommends that by 1944 on, American representatives have to”sever the connections of leaders and activists of the CPUSA with scientists and specialists participated in work on agriculture.”

There’s 1 issue about this Merkulov letter. The Schechter’s book, Sacred Secrets, Klehr and Haynes compose,”provided no information on the provenance of this record,” along with the Schechters provide”no explanation of the circumstances where they obtained it or the archive where it was found.”

According to the Schechters, also today Woolsey and Pacepa, Kheifitz along with yet another Soviet representative Eliazabeth Zarubina met with Oppenheimer, in a time when the FBI was closely tracking the Manhattan Project leader, which might make such a meeting unlikely. Sudoplatov argued in his book, and his first claim is repeated at Operation Dragon, that Zarubina, Vasily Zarubin’s spouse, took this data to”a pharmacy in Santa Fe, that was used as a meeting point…that became a safehouse where the Polish couple could also pass files to other unregistered illegals.” They’d then”act as couriers, carrying the documents to other unregistered illegals, who afterward would go to Mexico City, where”the Soviet intelligence leader Lev Vasilievsky would get them and make sure their covert transmission to Moscow.”

The problem is that this safe house, which the Soviet Union had purchased to use for participants in the Trotsky assassination in 1940, was run by Kitty Harris, whom the Schechters claim was a freelancer for atomic secrets. It was Harristhey say, who carried them herself to Vasilievsky in Mexico. Venona files that Woolsey and Pacepa appear to be oblivious of, however, reveal that Kitty Harris lived in Mexico City from 1943 to 1946, in which she was KGB liaison with left-wing trade union leaders. Not one Venona reference to Harris mentions that she’d courier function or was a participant in atomic espionage.

In terms of their evidence, the Schechters wrote that duplicates of these files that they used could be presented to the Hoover Library in Stanford, California, where scholars and researchers may use them. Klehr and Haynes did just that and could not locate the October 2 letter the Schechters and Woolsey and Pacepa swear by. Klehr and Haynes finish that Jerrold or even Leona Schechter were granted bogus documents. Up to now, Jerrold and Leona Schechter haven’t given any satisfactory answer as to the provenance of the October 2 letter. The single sound conclusion one can reach is that this record doesn’t exist, and it itself is most likely Soviet disinformation.

Communist Trutherism

There are quite a few different whoppers from the book; really, too many to mention cite. In 2014, Vladimir Putin declared at this yearly meeting a new intelligence service could be added to the FSB, called The Dzerzhinsky Division.

Woolsey and Pacepa subsequently inquire:”This must raise a query…. Is it a pure coincidence that the terrorist assault on the United States on September 11, 2001″ and the assault at Benghazi in 2012,”took place on the birthday of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the Cheka…?” Apparently, there is not any such thing as coincidence. The insinuation that these attacks were not orchestrated by Islamists, but in fact were undertaken with the successor agency to the KGB suggests a detachment from reality.

Now it may be true that throughout the Cold War, the KGB coached some terrorists, such as al Zarqawi, just as they trained other terrorists from all over the globe. That doesn’t indicate that al Zarqawi,”was a secret KGB/FSB operative.” When Communists was able to assert that a half-truth or what other people believed a lie, they would also start by saying”It is no denying that….” Apparently Pacepa, who most likely awakened this argument, could not give his older Communist mindset.

Back to Oswald

The authors also assert that the Warren Commission demonstrated Oswald was trained by the KGB to kill J.F.K., which the proof was in secret”code words” embedded in the record; that somehow, Woolsey and Pacepa were the only folks to detect and decode. They clarify the 26 volumes of the Warren Commission report”contain heaps of KGB codes and operational routines,” that none of those Commission members even knew they were there. That’s because of its”associates’ lack of familiarity with KGB codes and patterns.” They supply no indication of exactly what the”code was,” or proof for their hypothesis. Nor do they explain why other American brokers along with other Soviet defectors never exposed those codes.

More”proof” the authors offer to demonstrate that Oswald was a KGB operative, is yet another conspiracy theory. Woolsey and Pacepa argue that since Oswald shot at Walker just once his doing this”was primarily an evaluation practice for Oswald to establish [to the KGB] he would be able to escape and hear from a real assassination at the U.S.”

The KGB if Khrushchev held Stalin’s old position as General Secretary was one Vladimir Yefimovich Semichastny. A hard-liner, he’d later recommend that Khrushchev be removed from office because he worried his liberalization would lead to the conclusion of the USSR. Since KGB mind, he had the task of investigating Lee Harvey Oswald following JFK’s death. Oswald had invested time in the Soviet Union, but following an exhaustive investigation, Semichastny concluded that Oswald hadn’t ever worked for the KGB.

The authors write that Oswald”was recruited from the KGB after he was stationed in Japan in 1957,” where he managed to give the KGB the details of this American secret U-2 plane, that would be taken down through the Eisenhower presidency before a scheduled summit between Ike and Khrushchev. The Soviets had no rockets that might have taken down the plane at that moment, despite Khrushchev’s bragging they did. “What they had actually completed,” the authors assert,”was construct a unique lightweight plane, whose pilot managed to maneuver into the U-2’s slipstream and cause it to collapse.” As usual, this assertion the authors made has no verification or source. Nor do they provide evidence that this sort of plane ever was built.

Moreover, the issue with this assertion is that Oswald had no access to some of those U-2 plane secrets while in Japan. That was just accessed by the Soviets when they took one down, employing the proximity that Julius Rosenberg had passed to them Christmas Day in 1944. Julius met his KGB control, Alexander Feklisov, in a Horn and Hardart cafĂ© on Broadway and West 38th Street in New York City. The fuse allowed a shell to explode at a brief distance from its aerial goal, thereby promising a hit, along with adjusting the route of an explosive charge towards a plane. It’s rather amazing that two ex-intelligence bureau heads wouldn’t know this and could attribute the Powers plane being taken down to information supposedly accumulated in Japan from Lee Harvey Oswald.

Feklisov writes that once the apparatus smuggled from the mill he functioned by Rosenberg, Soviet scientists and military leaders analyzed it. Immediately, new ones were put into production. “Due to this,” Feklisov writes,”the U-2 reconnaissance plane flown by Francis Gary Powers was shot down over Sverdlovsk on May 1, 1960.”

Finally, I must note another ridiculous claim that’s totally wrong. The authors write about the task of Morris and Jack Childsand two brothers who were reputable American Communists who met many times with Brezhnev and the Politburo, talking on behalf of the CPUSA.

On the Soviets along with Gus Hall, the CPUSA’s mind, they tended to be faithful Communists. Really, when they got cash for the American Party from Brezhnev, the FBI got it first and then gave the funds back to the Childs to be distributed to the CPUSA.

The authors develop a totally preposterous theory that the Politburo knew from the beginning the Morris and Jack Childs were FBI agents, but the Moscow Communist chiefs claimed they didn’t know, so that they could give the Childs brothers information that the Soviets were not accountable for JFK’s death, which the Americans would subsequently think. The true truth is that the revelations and substance offered to this U.S. by those brothers was extremely harmful to the Soviet Union. In the United States, the CPUSA leader Gus Hall would instantly have been expelled from the other Western Communist leaders.

Binder notes Pacepa”has many times changed his tales…which throw doubt on his veracity.” The tales he tells in that book, Binder says, are dubious and”at the very least a decade old.”

Kramer is the guy who brought and edited The Black Book of Communism to the United States. “He uttered crap,” he emailed me,”for decades… To draw attention to himselfhe would create increasingly more outlandish claims, especially about matters he couldn’t possibly have known.” Operation Dragon is simply the most recent example, and the past, since Pacepa passed away before the novel’s publication, sparing himself the pain of it being ignored, or receiving bad reviews. Why R. James Woolsey will include his name to the novel is a puzzle that Woolsey himself would have to reply.