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VERY Curious George: George Plimpton, the Paris Review, the CIA and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

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COMMENT: In a past post, we noted the profound relationship between the prestigious “progressive” literary periodical The Paris Review and the CIA.

Exemplifying what is known as “the left CIA,” the agents and assets gracing the pages of the Paris Review comprise a significant element of post-World War II American literati and intelligentsia.

The publication was edited by George Plimpton, perhaps best known for his book Paper Lion.

The latest issue of Vanity Fair contains a short  article about George Plimpton. 

In this story, we find an interesting and, perhaps, very significant detail about Plimpton’s career.

Plimpton was at Robert F. Kennedy’s elbow at the Ambassador Hotel the night he was killed and “disarmed the attacker”–a presumed reference to patsy Sirhan Sirhan.

Although one certainly cannot draw conclusions from this, it raises some interesting questions:

  • Might Plimpton actually have been CIA himself?
  • Might his presence at the Ambassador have been connected to the assassination plot?
  • One wonders why this detail has not emerged before–at least we’ve never heard of George Plimpton’s presence at the Ambassador before. Plimpton was noteworthy and it is “curious” that this detail has remained eclipsed over all these years. (After the publication of this post, a number of readers/listeners supplied references to the Plimpton/RFK assassination link. See the comments below.
  • If, in fact, Plimpton was CIA, was he part of the “Democratic Party/Good Guy” CIA (as described by John Loftus) or the much larger, much more powerful GOP/transnational corporate/Underground Reich CIA?

We should not fail to note that the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy is again under scrutiny, and may wind up back in court. 

“Curious George” by A. M. Homes; Vanity Fair; June, 2013.

EXCERPT: . . . .He would sort of pop up around the edges of these important moments in history. For example, he was standing next to Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated in Los Angeles, and George literally helped disarm and subdue the attacker,” says Bean. . . .


3 comments for “VERY Curious George: George Plimpton, the Paris Review, the CIA and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy”

  1. Pete Hamill described this scene in the Village Voice: June 13, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 35

    “The scene assumed a kind of insane fury, all jump cuts, screams, noise, hurtling bodies, blood. The shots went pap-pap-pap-pap-pap, small sharp noises like a distant firefight or the sound of firecrackers in a backyard. Rosey Grier of the Los Angeles Rams came from nowhere and slammed his great bulk into the gunman, crunching him against a serving table. George Plimpton grabbed the guy’s arm, and Rafer Johnson moved to him, right behind Bill Barry, Kennedy’s friend and security chief, and they were all making deep animal sounds and still the bullets came.”

    from: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2010/05/pete_hamills_ey.php

    Posted by Mark | May 19, 2013, 8:00 pm
  2. I had to check that too, I had always thought ex-football player Rosey Grier disarmed Sirhan.

    Here’s a two-minute clip from a PBS show where Grier does say George Plimpton was there, but was not strong enough to get the gun out of Sirhan’s hand. Grier disarmed him.

    It would be interesting to hear what Grier would say about Thane Eugene Ceasar-


    Posted by Swamp | May 20, 2013, 8:49 am
  3. Plimpton at the Ambassador has been mentioned in a cursory fashion. Turner & Christian p. 197 of Carroll & Graf edition Assassination of RFK and Talbot’s Brothers p. 367 Free Press hardcover edition. But more effort
    has gone into discrediting Shane O’Sullivans’s documentary alleging the presence of CIA operatives Joannides, Morales and Campbell at the Ambassador.
    Was Plimpton the other CIA man there?

    Posted by Dennis Ziebart | May 20, 2013, 9:41 am

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