Thursday, August 28, 2008

U.S. Tortured Russian Truth-Teller

I've got a JFK file so you can cruise those labels, readers. The idea that JFK was gunned down by Oswald with a defective rifle and magic bullet, etc, etc, is just preposterous, so I no longer argue those. If someone defends that ridiculous lie, I stop listening. That generation's 9/11.

But look at how the U.S. treated this guy:

"the horrific things that the agency and government did to him - the torture and mental deprivation

How little things change, huh? I wonder if we used
Soviet techniques on him.

"Yuri Nosenko, 81; KGB agent defected, detained 3 years in US" by Walter Pincus, Washington Post | August 28, 2008

WASHINGTON - Yuri Nosenko, a Soviet KGB agent whose defection to the United States in 1964 and subsequent three-year detention and hostile interrogation by CIA officials remains immensely controversial, died Aug. 23 under an assumed name in a Southern state, according to intelligence officials. No cause of death was reported other than "a long illness." He was 81.

Mr. Nosenko, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet secret police and intelligence agency, personally interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald during his time in the Soviet Union from 1959 to 1962. When Mr. Nosenko defected in 1964, he provided the first information that Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was not a Soviet agent.

Senior CIA officers at the time, including James Jesus Angleton, the agency's counterintelligence chief, and David Murphy of the Soviet division, did not believe Mr. Nosenko was a real defector and ordered his imprisonment.

Here's a question for you: If Oswald wasn't a US double-agent, then how did he get back into the US after defecting during the height of the Cold War? Why did the government help him when he got back?

Of course, since the CIA had a big hand in blasting JFK's head off and covering it up, well, the position isn't surprising, is it?

Mr. Nosenko initially had made inaccurate statements about his past, and some of his information conflicted with that of another KGB officer, Anatoly Golitsin, who had defected the year before. As a result, they considered him a plant sent by Moscow to confuse Washington about Oswald.

Richard Helms, then CIA director of operations, in 1966 ordered that a conclusion be reached in the Nosenko case. In 1967, after passing multiple polygraphs, Mr. Nosenko was released, and in 1969 he was found to be a legitimate defector. He subsequently became a consultant to the agency, was given a new identity, and was provided a home in an undisclosed location in the South.

Last month, several senior CIA officials visited him and presented him with a ceremonial flag and a letter from CIA Director Michael V. Hayden honoring his service to the United States, a senior intelligence official said Tuesday. First word of his death came Tuesday from Pete Earley, an author of books on the CIA who had been trying for four years to get an interview with Mr. Nosenko.

Earley said Mr. Nosenko was bothered by a book released last year called "Spy Wars," written by Tennent Bagley, a key CIA player in Mr. Nosenko's defection and arrest. The book continued to argue that Mr. Nosenko was not a bona fide defector, but in fact was sent to cover up the KGB's influence over Oswald.

"I was fascinated by Nosenko because in spite of the horrific things that the agency and government did to him - the torture and mental deprivation - in the only public speech that he ever gave at the CIA, he praised the United States as being the world's best hope for humanity, condemned Communism and Moscow, and said he never regretted his defection nor held a grudge against the officials who had persecuted him," Earley said.

That's what happens when you torture someone: they will say ANYTHING!

Yuri Ivanovich Nosenko was born in 1927, in Nikolayev, a Ukrainian town on the Black Sea.