CIA role claim in Robert Kennedy killing
Tuesday, 21 November 2006, 12:23 GMT
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
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
THE CIA CONNECTION
Are you convinced by the evidence in the report?
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
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
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
"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
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
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
"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