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Anne Goodpasture

John Simkin

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I thought it might be worth starting a thread on Anne Goodpasture.

Lisa Pease quotes Eddie Lopez in an article in Probe as saying that that Goodpasture, "in addition to her duties for Scott, ran all of David Phillips’ operations." Goodpasture was later to receive a career achievement award on the recommendation of David Atlee Phillips, who cited her for having discovered Oswald at the Cuban embassy.

According to John Newman (Oswald, the CIA and Mexico City) Anne Goodpasture took part in the CIA cover-up of the assassination of JFK: "The cover-up was apparently put in motion the day after the assassination by Anne Goodpasture (unless someone else altered the cables she sent after the fact) in the CIA station in Mexico City. But it was a sloppy cover-up. Files released in the mid-1990s show she sent a cable at noon (1pm EST) on Nov. 23 stating that a voice comparison (between two intercepted phone calls) had not been made at the time of Oswald's visit because one tape (presumably of the Saturday, Sept. 28 call) had been erased before another had been received (presumably from the Oct. 1 intercept). It was unlikely this would have happened, however, as tapes were kept for at least two weeks before erasure. It was necessary to deny that a voice comparison with the Cuban consulate tape had taken place, in order to facilitate the cover story that the station had not realized that Oswald had visited the Cuban consulate."

In 1995 Anne Goodpasture gave evidence to the Assassination Records Review Board. As Lisa Pease points out, when asked about the politics of David Atlee Phillips: "Goodpasture tells a story that remains redacted, a fact especially disturbing when one considers the whole purpose of the ARRB was to release previously classified materials, not to add to the secrets. But from the nature of the testimony around the redacted portion, we can gather that she is giving us some indication that Phillips was not the liberal he painted himself to be."


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  • 3 years later...

John, the 2008 book by Jefferson Morley, Our Man In Mexico, has a bit about Ann Goodpasture as it relates to the CIA career of Winston (Win) Scott, CIA chief in Mexico City.

Anne served in the OSS during WW2 along with Julia McWilliams (who became known as TV cook, Julia Child). Anne went on to become the CIA secretary of James Jesus Angleton, and she was so efficient that when she traveled to Mexico in 1958 for a routine reporting task, Win Scott demanded that she stay and serve as his secretary. Angleton allowed this for several years.

Anne's claim to fame is that she spotted Lee Harvey Oswald attempting to hurry his way into Cuba in the late summer of 1963. An American trying to get into Cuba always set off CIA bells. Although no photograph of Oswald at the Mexico City consulates has ever surfaced, there is eye-witness information that affirms these photographs do exist.

Anne not only gathered the photographs of Oswald together, but she also transcribed the tape recordings of Oswald's conversations at the Cuba consulate, as well as telephone calls that he made in Mexico to the Soviet consulate. Some of these transcriptions were duplicated and filed away in the CIA's ponderous Oswald files.

However -- due to exceptions in our Freedom Of Information Act, these files are not available to the American public. Even the Warren Commission and the HSCA were not allowed to see these.

However, maybe now, after the USSR has fallen, the alleged threat to National Security imputed to the Oswald Files has now passed. Maybe now the American public can be allowed to peek at these historical documents.

Best regards,

--Paul Trejo

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