News you may have missed #574

CIA documents

CIA documents

►►CIA told Kennedy Cuba invasion was ‘unachievable’. [Never mind. It turns out that the original article on Foreign Policy has been corrected to state that the meeting was not with Kennedy after all -- see reader's comment below]. More revelations from the newly declassified CIA Official History of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. According to the multi-volume history (pictured), a CIA team told President-Elect John F. Kennedy during a meeting in 1960 that toppling the Cuban government of Fidel Castro would not be feasible, considering the small invasion force that Kennedy insisted upon for the Bay of Pigs operation, in order to maintain plausible deniability.
►►NATO bombs home of Libyan intel chief. A compound in Tripoli destroyed overnight by NATO air strikes was the home of Abdullah Al-Senussi, former head of Libyan intelligence. This information allegedly comes from al-Senussi’s neighbor, oil engineer Omar Masood, who said he has lived across the street for 35 years. Meanwhile, several news outlets report that Abdel Salam Ahmed Jalloud, prime minister of Libya between 1972 and 1977, has defected to Italy.
►►Palestinian attacks took Israeli intel by surprise. The triple attacks, attributed by Israel to a Palestinian splinter group from the Gaza Strip, took Israel’s intelligence and security services by surprise, judging by the ensuing confusion and inaccuracy of initial reports. Between 15 and 20 Arab gunmen, some wearing Egyptian army fatigues, are believed to have taken part in the operation.

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2 Responses to News you may have missed #574

  1. b says:

    The first item is wrong and was corrected by the author.

    CIA in 1960 thought Cuba invasion plan was “unachievable” [Corrected]
    http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/08/16/cia_told_kennedy_in_1960_that_cuba_invasion_plan_was_unachievable

    “Correction: It appears I misread the document and inaccurately wrote that the minutes were from a meeting with Kennedy, rather than a meeting to prepare for his briefing. Kennedy was never informed of the CIA task force’s conclusion that the mission was unachievable. I apologize for the error and the cheap shot at President Kennedy. “

  2. intelNews says:

    Good catch. Thanks for letting us know. [IA]

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