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CIA role claim in Kennedy killing

New video and pho­to­graph­ic evi­dence that puts three senior CIA oper­a­tives at the scene of Robert Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion has been brought to light.

The evi­dence was shown in a report by Shane O’Sul­li­van, broad­cast on BBC News­night.

It reveals that the oper­a­tives and four uniden­ti­fied asso­ciates were at the Ambas­sador Hotel, Los Ange­les in the moments before and after the shoot­ing on 5 June, 1968.

The CIA had no domes­tic juris­dic­tion and some of the offi­cers were based in South-East Asia at the time, with no rea­son to be in Los Ange­les.


Kennedy had just won the Cal­i­for­nia Demo­c­ra­t­ic pri­ma­ry on an anti-War tick­et and was set to chal­lenge Nixon for the White House when he was shot in a kitchen pantry.

A 24-year-old Pales­tin­ian, Sirhan Sirhan, was arrest­ed as the lone assas­sin and note­books at his house seemed to incrim­i­nate him.

How­ev­er, even under hyp­no­sis, he has nev­er been able to remem­ber the shoot­ing and defence psy­chi­a­trists con­clud­ed he was in a trance at the time.

Wit­ness­es placed Sirhan’s gun sev­er­al feet in front of Kennedy but the autop­sy showed the fatal shot came from one inch behind.

Dr Her­bert Spiegel, a world author­i­ty on hyp­no­sis at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, believes Sirhan may have been hyp­not­i­cal­ly pro­grammed to act as a decoy for the real assas­sin.


The report is the result of a three-year inves­ti­ga­tion by film­mak­er Shane O’Sul­li­van. He reveals new video and pho­tographs show­ing three senior CIA oper­a­tives at the hotel.

Three of these men have been pos­i­tive­ly iden­ti­fied as senior offi­cers who worked togeth­er in 1963 at JMWAVE, the CIA’s Mia­mi base for its Secret War on Cas­tro.

David Morales was Chief of Oper­a­tions and once told friends:

“I was in Dal­las when we got the son of a bitch and I was in Los Ange­les when we got the lit­tle bas­tard.”

Gor­don Camp­bell was Chief of Mar­itime Oper­a­tions and George Joan­nides was Chief of Psy­cho­log­i­cal War­fare Oper­a­tions.

Joan­nides was called out of retire­ment in 1978 to act as the CIA liai­son to the Con­gres­sion­al inves­ti­ga­tion into the JFK assas­si­na­tion. Now, we see him at the Ambas­sador Hotel the night a sec­ond Kennedy is assas­si­nat­ed.


Mon­day, 20 Novem­ber would have been Bob­by Kennedy’s 81st birth­day. In Los Ange­les, his son Max has just bro­ken ground on a new high-school project in mem­o­ry of his father on the old Ambas­sador Hotel site.

Paul Schrade, a key fig­ure behind the school project, was walk­ing behind Robert Kennedy that night and was shot in the head. He believes this new evi­dence mer­its fresh inves­ti­ga­tion:

“It seems very strange to me that these guys would be at a Kennedy cel­e­bra­tion. What were they doing there? And why were they there? It’s our oblig­a­tion as friends of Bob Kennedy to inves­ti­gate this.”

Ed Lopez, a for­mer Con­gres­sion­al inves­ti­ga­tor who worked with Joan­nides in 1978, says:

“I think the key peo­ple at the CIA need to go back to any­body who might have been around back then, bring them in and inter­view them, and ask — is this Gor­don Camp­bell? Is this George Joan­nides?”

This report was shown on News­night on Mon­day, 20 Novem­ber, 2006.


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