October 19 2021 — Victor L. Marchetti, Jr. was a former special assistant to the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and a prominent critic of the United States Intelligence Community and the Israel lobby in the United States. Marchetti died on October 19 2018 at his home in Ashburn, Virginia. He was 88. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Victor Leo Marchetti Jr. was born December 23, 1929, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. His father was a professional boxer who later worked in the family hardware store and plumbing business.
After high school, Marchetti moved to New York and later Paris, then joined the Army, working in an intelligence unit in Germany.
By the time he graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1955, he had been recruited by the CIA.
Marchetti joined the Agency near the end of 1955 and worked as a specialist on the USSR.
He was a leading CIA expert on Third World aid, with a focus on USSR military supplies to Cuba after the end of the Kennedy administration.
In 1966, Marchetti was promoted to the office of special assistant to the Chief of Planning, Programming, and Budgeting, and special assistant to CIA Director Richard Helms.
By 1968, he was executive assistant to the CIA’s deputy director, Rufus Taylor.
Among other projects with which he was involved, Marchetti worked on setting up the Pine Gap satellite ground station near Alice Springs in Central Australia.
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Marchetti became disillusioned with the policies and practices of the CIA. On September 2, 1969, Marchetti resigned from the CIA.
“Sitting up there I began to see how it’s all pulled together, the interplay with the rest of the executive branch of the government.
The agency is the most romantic segment of the intelligence community, but I began to lose faith in it and its purpose, in intelligence in general.”
After leaving the CIA, Marchetti wrote a novel called The Rope-Dancer that accused the Agency of waste and interference in the affairs of other countries.
Marchetti published books critical of the CIA with author John D. Marks, such as The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence (1973).
“CIA officers are required to sign an agreement that any books or articles they write about espionage, whether fact or fiction, must be cleared by the agency beforehand. When Marchetti and Marks submitted their book to the CIA for review, it came back with demands that 339 passages be removed for compromising national security.
The authors and their publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed suit.
They charged that the CIA was improperly imposing “prior restraint” before publication and therefore violating the First Amendment right of freedom of the press.
“The agency’s attempt to muzzle Marchetti was one of the first maneuvers to put a curtain of secrecy in front of itself,” historian John Prados, the author of several books about the CIA, said Saturday.
Marchetti and his legal team argued that much of the information in the book was already on the public record or was absurdly benign — such as descriptions of wood-paneled offices.” (Washington Post)
The “CIA and the Cult of Intelligence” became a best seller. In 1975, CIA Director William Colby admitted the agency had violated its charter by spying on U.S. citizens – one of whom was Victor Marchetti.
Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!
To make it easier for the readers to retrieve various chapters of my book, I have created a special page “Lockerbie” where all the links to the chapters will be listed with a brief description. You can access that page directly as it appears at the far right of the top bar of this blog.
Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!
Marchetti & Lockerbie
Marchetti believed that the presence of Major Charles – Chuck – Dennis McKee (December 3, 1948 – December 21, 1988) on board of Pan Am 103 was an important clue to solve the Lockerbie affair.
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McKee was an intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency stationed in Beirut, Lebanon.
“The presence of the team on Flight 103 is a clue that should not be ignored. It’s like the loose thread of a sweater.
Pull on it, and the whole thing may unravel.
The Mossad knew about it and didn’t give proper warning. The CIA knew about it and screwed up,” Marchetti argued.
During its investigation, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission [SCCRC] uncovered the existence of a “Lockerbie X File”. The relevant part of their 2007 800 pages report reads:
“The presence of Mr McKee on PA103, along with certain others, appears to have been the focus of high level discussions between Senior Police, Security Service and American officials.
It is clear that the American authorities were keen to recover any items that may have belonged to McKee in particular, which could be linked to their duties.
It may well have been the case that certain items were not recorded in the normal manner to protect American interests …”
The 2 No-Go Zones of Lockerbie
The first 24 hours are always the most critical for any major investigation. And yet, to this day, we do not really know what went on in the fields of Lockerbie during these critical hours.
But I can tell you that the authorities quickly sealed off two areas for reasons that have never been revealed to the public.
Area #1 — The first no-go area is located a few miles east of Lockerbie at position 293 817.
A large object — the size of a small car — was concealed under a red tarpaulin. Overnight, it was removed from the field by a mechanical digger and taken away on a low loader. Never to be seen again.
There is simply no way of knowing what happened there. Over the years, most experts have speculated that this area was probably sealed off to recover items belonging to a CIA crew travelling aboard Pan Am 103.
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We know that the Joint Intelligence Group [JIG] created a dossier — known as File X — that deals with this aspect of the story.
Three decades later, File X has yet to be declassified and … The truth is still out there.
What do I think? In my opinion, File X contains no information directly relevant to the destruction of Pan Am 103.
Moreover, I know this much for certain. Whatever was removed — from this no-go area #1 — fell on the southern line.
Area #2 — The second no-go area is — in my opinion — far more interesting.
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In the first book about Lockerbie, David Johnson wrote that several pieces of the plane were recovered on the farm lands of Chris Graham. A specific location — Torbeckhill — was declared a no-go area.
Lockerbie investigator John Ashton sent me a document ( 77 pages) of plane debris locations prepared by the defence team. Not a single item in that document is recorded anywhere near this area.
The AAIB report does not say a word about these pieces of the aircraft that fell near Torbeckhill. Why on Earth not?
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