Four Years Ago — Wormwood : Searching the Truth to the Bitter End [The mysterious death of Cold War era military scientist Frank Olson]

“You think that finding the answer to this is gonna restore the path of your own life. But how can it possibly do that if you’ve lost yourself along the way?”

Eric Olson (Wormwood)

 

January 23 2018 — Wormwood is a 2017 American six-part docudrama miniseries directed by Errol Morris and released on Netflix on December 15, 2017. The series follows a scientist who participates in a secret government biological warfare program.

In the final chapter (Episode 6), Seymour Hersh states that the CIA murdered Colonel Frank Olson. Intel Today believes that Frank Olson knew that the US Military had used biological weapons in the Korean war and I suspect that he was about to reveal the truth. Follow us on Twitter:  @INTEL_TODAY

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“What Wormwood tries to do is tell a story about how we know what we know and how reliable is that knowledge.”

Errol Morris — Documentary Director

Like Eric Olson and Hersh Seymour, I believe that the death of Frank Olson was neither an accident — induced or not by LSD — nor a suicide.

But Frank Olson was not merely murdered. I suggest that Olson was assassinated by his own government.

I believe that Frank Olson knew that the US Military had used biological weapons in the Korean war.

Moreover, I suspect that Frank Olson could prove it and he was about to reveal the truth.

Therefore, the US government had “no choice” but to silence him in order to avoid a major international crisis.

As always, your feedback is welcome! And INTEL TODAY would like to know what you think!

“The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface.”
CIA assassination manual (1953)

Although, he has a source that backs up this story, Hersh refuses to speak out because the story would expose how his source acquired the necessary information.

He claims he knows what Frank did that got him killed.  But he will not reveal it. At least, not now…

The Plot

Wormwood is told through Eric Olson, the son of Frank Olson, an American biological warfare scientist and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1953.

Nine days after Olson was covertly dosed with LSD by his CIA supervisor as part of Project MKUltra, he plunged to his death from the window of a hotel room in New York City.

His death was initially regarded as a suicide, but subsequent investigations have raised questions of a coverup of an alleged murder. [Wikipedia]

“While the court must limit its analysis to the four corners of the complaint, the skeptical reader may wish to know that the public record supports many of the allegations [in the family’s suit], far-fetched as they may sound.”

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg — Frank Olson Case

Reception

The New York Times awarded it a NYT Critic’s Pick with reviewer A. O. Scott saying:

“Mr. Morris presents a powerful historical argument in the guise of a beguiling work of cinematic art — and vice versa.”

Matt Zoller Seitz wrote for Vulture.com that:

“The filmmaking gathers all the bits and pieces of the story together and arranges them in ways that are clever, surprising, and so aggressively (and deliberately) self-conscious that there are times when the whole thing gets close to turning into an intellectualized formal exercise…there’s never a moment where Olson or Morris fail to fascinate”

Vanity Fair called it:

“One of the most original things you’ll see all year”.

“He was letting them know that he was marching to a different drummer and you couldn’t do it back then. He was a man who was profoundly, profoundly distressed about what he was learning… And he was dangerous. Back then, if you thought somebody was detrimental to the cold war, you had no problem dealing with them.”

American journalist Seymour Hersh

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Witness the untold true story of the CIA, LSD experiments, mind control, and the death of a family man. Wormwood, only on Netflix December 15 2017.

“The hotel’s switchboard operator reported having connected a call from room 1018 A to a number listed as belonging to Dr. Harold Abramson. According to the operator, who overheard the entirety of the brief call, the occupant in 1018 A reported ‘Well, he’s gone.’ to which the call’s recipient had replied ‘Well, that’s too bad.’”

What Did the C.I.A. Do to His Father?

Ignatieff Michael

The New York Times (April 1, 2001)

UPDATE (January 23 2019) — I believe that Frank Olson knew that the US Military had used biological weapons in the Korean war and I suspect that he was about to reveal the truth.

Published in Japan in 2001, the book Rikugun Noborito Kenkyujo no shinjitsu — The Truth About the Army Noborito Institute — revealed that members of a covert section of the Imperial Japanese Army that took part in biological warfare during World War II also worked for the “chemical section” of a U.S. clandestine unit hidden within Yokosuka Naval Base during the Korean War as well as on projects inside the United States from 1955 to 1959.

“The United States and Biological Warfare: Secrets of the Early Cold War and Korea” — written by Stephen Endicott and Edward Hagerman — provides an in-depth analysis of the U.S. military use — and coverup — of  biological weapons against the Korean and Chinese people during the Korean War of 1950-53.

Endicott and Hagerman conducted extensive archival research and interviews with Chinese, U.S., Canadian, Japanese, and British officials and civilians. They were the firsts to gain access to declassified U.S. records regarding the Korean War.

Endicott and Hagerman concluded that the U.S. Military had employed biological weapons whose use was banned by the 1925 Geneva Protocol.

Prof Masataka Mori — a professor of history at Shizuoka University in Japan, who has studied the activities for Unit 731 for many years — believes that a new investigation should be carried out and that it is time the US, China and both North and South Korea open up their archives and provide unfettered access to their documents.

“The use of germ weapons in war is a breach of the Geneva Convention and I think that is why they are refusing to admit the allegations.

The criterion for my judgment is not whether North Korea’s claim is correct or the American claim is right; the criterion is whether the incidents actually happened or not.

I went to North Korea and met people who had suffered the effects of germ warfare. They told me their stories, shedding tears and grimacing with anger. They told me what actually happened and I cannot question that.”

“The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface.”

CIA assassination manual (1953)

UPDATE (January 23 2020) — In her review [NYT Sept. 10 2019] of Stephen Kinzer’s new book [Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control], Sharon Weinberger writes:

“Gottlieb has previously been treated as a historical footnote, but Kinzer elevates him to his proper place as one of the C.I.A.’s most influential and despicable characters. (…)

Kinzer also goes far beyond the story of Frank Olson, which is well-worn territory, covered most recently in Errol Morris’s docudrama ‘Wormwood.’

Whether murdered or driven to suicide, Olson was a reluctant soldier in Gottlieb’s mind-control army.

Yet his death has overshadowed the ‘expendables.’ We just don’t know most of their names since Gottlieb destroyed the records.”

I must disagree with Sharon Weinberger. Like Eric Olson and Hersh Seymour, I believe that the death of Frank Olson was neither an accident — induced or not by LSD — nor a suicide.

But Frank Olson was not merely murdered. I suggest that Olson was executed to prevent him from revealing an ugly truth.

I believe that Frank Olson knew that the US Military had used biological weapons in the Korean war.

Moreover, I suspect that Frank Olson could prove it and he was about to reveal the truth.

Therefore, the US government had “no choice” but to silence him in order to avoid a major international crisis.

As always, your feedback is welcome! And INTEL TODAY would like to know what you think!

The Mysterious Death of Frank Olson (CIA Scientist) – Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World

“If this would have been a suicide, it would have been very difficult to accomplish. There was motive to kill him. He knew the deepest, darkest secrets of the cold war. Would the American government kill an American citizen who was a scientist, who was working for the CIA and the army, if they thought he was a security risk? There are people who say: ‘Definitely.’”

Stephen Saracco — Retired New York assistant district attorney (2019)

UPDATE (January 23 2021) — The election of John F. Kennedy caused fear among Mobutu’s faction, and within the CIA, that his administration would favor Lumumba.

Three days before Kennedy’s inauguration on January 20 1961, Lumumba was assassinated. 

A report published in 2001 by a special Belgian Commission describes previous U.S. and Belgian plots to kill Lumumba. Among them was a Central Intelligence Agency-sponsored attempt to poison him, which was ordered by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

CIA chemist Sidney Gottlieb, a key person in the plan, devised a poison resembling toothpaste.

In September 1960, Gottlieb brought a vial of the poison to the Congo with plans to place it on Lumumba’s toothbrush.

If the name of Sidney Gottlieb rings a bell, it may be because I have mentioned him before in connection with the assassination of American biological warfare scientist Frank Olson.

Sidney Gottlieb is better known as the CIA Poisoner in Chief, widely and rightly regarded as one of the most despicable characters of the agency. Not a easy feat…

END of UPDATE

REFERENCES

A Guide to the People, Places, and CIA Mind-Control Programs of Wormwood — Vulture.com

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Four Years Ago — Wormwood : Searching the Truth to the Bitter End [The mysterious death of Cold War era military scientist Frank Olson]

“To what extent can a democracy lie to its citizens and still, in the end, remain a democracy? (…) I believe what separates us from dumb animals is that we pursue, maybe we don’t achieve it, but we pursue certainty. It’s a goal. A dream. To deny that importance of that goal or that dream is unspeakable. Where would we be without it?”

Errol Morris — Statement about Wormwood

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1 Response to Four Years Ago — Wormwood : Searching the Truth to the Bitter End [The mysterious death of Cold War era military scientist Frank Olson]

  1. I watched this only recently. If I’m honest I wasn’t really too impressed with the details. I don’t think the episodes gave enough information in regards to what they were trying to achieve other than allude to it not being a suicide. Olson’s case is the first where no conspiracy is strong enough to raise my suspicion of physical murder. It was presented as another , ” he knew too much’ scenario without anything hard to back it up. Clearly the chap was unwell is all I could determine for sure.

    Dr David Kelly (British biological weapons inspector) case is far more damning in terms of details. That said, I do believe Dr Kelly took his own life possibly by force of the dark arts. Bush later admitted they made a mistake insisting there were WMDs.
    Gilligan’s source, the BBC, warmongering Murdoch HQ and The Spectator all in the mix.
    Just like when Diana was killed, they all keep tight-lipped on their own doings and say nothing in case culpability shows through.
    It all needs revisiting!

    Somewhere, somebody knows the truth .

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