The CIA released a collection of documents describing its “family jewels,” operations that, in the opinion of the official who assembled them, “conflict with the provisions of the National Security Act of 1947.”
The operations span the period between March 1959 and May 1973. In most cases the revelations are of purely historical interest but in the case of
Pages 12-19 of this 151-page pdf document describe a “sensitive mission requiring gangster-type action” in 1960. “The mission target was Fidel Castro.”
You can read it yourself, but I’ll summarize the memo for the record.
Robert Maheu of the CIA was assigned to seek “entrée into the gangster elements” in
The idea was to approach Roselli under false pretenses, with a story that some businesses that were losing money in
“Sam” then came to Maheu with a personal request. “Sam’s” girlfriend, Phyllis McGuire, was “getting much attention from Dan Rowan while both were booked at a
Roselli was subsequently convicted of immigration and gambling violations. His lawyer wanted the CIA’s assistance and threatened to spill the beans about Roselli’s activities with the CIA. The CIA declined. Two Jack Anderson columns about CIA attempts to kill Castro subsequently appeared in 1971; both are in the pdf document.
“The last known residence of Roselli was the Federal Penitentiary in
Lessons, apart from the obvious one that truth is stranger than fiction:
The CIA is not omnipotent. Far from it.
The CIA and Justice Department worked at cross purposes.
When Fidel Castro complains about American plots to kill him, he may be out of date, but he is not wrong.