DCI John McCone and the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy David Robarge

‘Walter Elder dashed in and cried out, 'The President been shot!’

(U) In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on 22nd November 1963, Studies in Intelligence reprints the below, which originally appeared as a chapter in Chief Historian David Robarge’s book John McCone as Director of Central Intelligence,1961-1965, published by the Center for the Study of Intelligence in 2005.

(U) Misconceptions abound regarding CIA’s connection to the assassination and its role in subsequent investigations, contributing to the fact that, according to a recent poll taken by the History Channel, 71percent of the American public still believes that Kennedy's death resulted from a conspiracy.

(U) Robarge tells a very different story about CIA’s immediate response to the assassination, its interaction with the FBI and Warren Commission, the surprise appearance of KGB defector Yurl Nosenko with troubling information about Lee Harvey Oswald. and DCI McCone's involvement with later inquiries about Kennedy's murder. Nothing in the numerous books and articles about the assassination that have appeared since the publication of McCone has materially changed any of Robarge’s conclusions. (U) Source notes for this article can be found in the original published versions of the book on line in CIALink and linelink.

All statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed in this article are those of the author. Nothing in the article should be construed as asserting or implying US government endorsement of Its factual statements and Interpretations.

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