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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-18-04 07:52 PM
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195. David Atlee Phillips WAS Maurice Bishop
Edited on Sat Sep-18-04 07:53 PM by Minstrel Boy
The anti-Castro leader of Alpha 66, Antonio Veciana, was sponsored by the CIA, and his contact was an agent he knew as "Maurice Bishop."

In early September, 1963, in Dallas, Veciana met "Bishop" in the company of Lee Harvey Oswald.

"Bishop" was David Atlee Phillips, then-head of the CIA's Mexico City operations, and later the chief of covert ops for the Western Hemisphere.

Establishing that Bishop was Phillips is the subject of much of House Select Committee on Assassinations' investigator Gaeton Fonzi's The Last Investigation.

An update from the "Real History Archives":

Gaeton Fonzi has written a book that details his search for Maurice Bishop called The Last Investigation. To Fonzi's detailed summary of reasons that David Atlee Phillips was indeed the Maurice Bishop that Veciana saw with Oswald, there is a more recent addition. In the back of his updated paperback version of Conspiracy, Anthony Summers tells of Jim Hougan's talk with CIA agent Frank Terpil. Jim Hougan will be familiar to Probe readers from our last issue. He's the author of the best book on Watergate, Secret Agenda.

Hougan got to know Terpil rather well while making a PBS documentary about him. In a tape-recorded interview, Hougan asked why Terpil was going on and on about David Phillips and the AFIO. Among other things, Terpil alleged (as have others) that Phillips' "retirement" from the CIA was phony, and that he continued to work for the CIA through the AFIO. Hougan asked Terpil why he kept talking about Phillips-was it personal, or political? Political, Terpil replied. Hougan asked where Terpil and Phillips had met. Terpil's answer is astonishing, and terribly important. Terpil had met him in Florida while living there with Hal Hendrix's daughter. Really? Asked Hougan. Yeah, said Terpil, Phillips used to come around with Hal Hendrix, but he wasn't using his real name. He was using an alias. What alias? Bishop, Terpil said, Something Bishop. Maurice Bishop? Hougan asked. Yeah, Terpil replied, Maurice Bishop. Hougan wanted to be sure Terpil wasn't putting him on, but came away convinced that Terpil did not understand the significance of what he was saying and that Terpil was answering honestly. Hougan asked how Terpil knew Bishop was Phillips. Terpil said he had run Bishop through the agency's file system in the CIA's Miami headquarters to find out who this Bishop character was. The name that came out: David Atlee Phillips.

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