(PP) The “deathbed confession” audio tape in which former CIA agent and Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt admits he was approached to be part of a CIA assassination team to kill JFK was aired this weekend – an astounding development that has gone completely ignored by the establishment media.
Saint John Hunt, son of E. Howard Hunt, appeared on the nationally syndicated Coast to Coast Liveradio show to discuss the revelations contained in the tape.
Hunt said that his father had mailed cassette the tape to him alone in January 2004 and asked that it be released after his death. The tape was originally 20 minutes long but was edited down to four and a half minutes for the Coast to Coast broadcast. Hunt promises that the whole tape will be uploaded soon at his website.
Watch the video below:
E. Howard Hunt names numerous individuals with both direct and indirect CIA connections as having played a role in the assassination of Kennedy, while describing himself as a “bench warmer” in the plot. Saint John Hunt agreed that the use of this term indicates that Hunt was willing to play a larger role in the murder conspiracy had he been required.
Hunt alleges on the tape that then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was involved in the planning of the assassination and in the cover-up, stating that LBJ, “Had an almost maniacal urge to become president, he regarded JFK as an obstacle to achieving that.”
Asked if his father followed the conspiracy theories into the Kennedy assassination, Saint John said the elder Hunt did follow the work of AJ Weberman, a New York freelance writer, who in the early 70’s first accused Hunt of being one of three bums who were arrested in Dealy Plaza. The so-called bums (pictured above) were interrogated and later released by authorities shortly after the assassination. Weberman, one of the founders of the Youth International Party, the Vippies, published photographs of the tramps and found that two of them bore striking similarities to Hunt andFrank Sturgis, also named by Hunt in the tape as having been played a role in the assassination conspiracy.
Asked for his opinion as to whether his father was indeed one of the Dealy Plaza tramps, Saint John, in a stunning revelation, said one of the tramps indeed looked much like his father did in 1963 (see comparison above).
CIA operative Frank Stugis’ striking resemblance to one of the “tramps”.
Other researchers believe the “Hunt tramp” to really be Chauncey Holt, who apparently later confessedto the fact. Charles Harrelson was allegedly identified as the third tramp.
Saint John Hunt said that shortly before his death, his father had felt “deeply conflicted and deeply remorseful” that he didn’t blow the whistle on the plot at the time and prevent the assassination, but that everyone in the government hated Kennedy and wanted him gone in one way or another. Kennedy’s promise to “shatter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter the remnants to the wind” was being carried out and this infuriated almost everyone at the agency.
Confession of Howard Hunt
Before his death in January 2007, CIA master spy and convicted Watergate conspirator Howard Hunt confessed to being peripherally involved in the assassination of President Kennedy, and named several other participants.
In notes and conversations with his son Saint John, and in anaudiotape he created in 2004 to be played after his death, Hunt described being invited into the “big event” at a Miami safehouse in 1963. Others named in the plot:
- Frank Sturgis, an anti-Castro paramilitary closely associated with Hunt. Sturgis was one of the Watergate burglars.
- David Morales, Chief of Operations at the CIA’s JMWAVE station in Miami. Morales himself told a few close associates of his involvement.
- David Phillips, CIA propaganda specialist and later Chief of Western Hemisphere Division. Phillips was assigned to Mexico City during the mysterious trip of Lee Harvey Oswald, or someone using his name, to that city in the fall of 1963.
- Antonio Veciana, Cuban exile leader of Alpha 66. Veciana told the HSCA that a “Maurice Bishop,” thought by many to be Phillips, pointed out Lee Harvey Oswald to him.
- William Harvey, a CIA officer who ran the ZR/RIFLE “executive action” program. Harvey fell out of favor with the Kennedys when he sent sabotage teams into Cuba during the 1962 Missile Crisis.
- Cord Meyer, a high-level CIA officer whose ex-wife Mary Meyer was having an affair with JFK.
- French Gunman Grassy Knoll. Hunt’s chart included an unnamed French hit man on the infamous grassy knoll.
- Lyndon Johnson, Vice-President.
Hunt says he declined active participation but did have a “benchwarmer” role in the plot. In the tape excerpt made available so far, Hunt made no claims which would prove his allegations. However, the people he names have all been suspects in the assassination for some time, and many of them worked closely together in anti-Castro operations.
In the “smoking gun” tape which helped drive him from office, President Richard Nixon said this of Hunt: “You open that scab there’s a hell of a lot of things…” He then instructed Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman to take a message to CIA Director Richard Helms, asking Helms to intervene in the FBI’s early Watergate investigation because “the President believes that it is going to open the whole Bay of Pigs thing up again.” In his book The Ends of Power, Haldeman described Helms’ reaction: “Turmoil in the room. Helms gripping the arms of his chair leaning forward and shouting, ‘The Bay of Pigs had nothing to do with this. I have no concern about the Bay of Pigs’.” Haldeman came to believe that the “Bay of Pigs” referred to the Kennedy assassination.
Some will accept Hunt’s confession as the truth. For others, Hunt’s naming of LBJ at the top of the plot will be seen as a bit of “spin” to present the assassination as a “rogue operation,” deflecting attention from higher-level sponsors within the government. For that matter, Hunt was not necessarily in a position to know the ultimate authors of the conspiracy.
For others, the confession will be dismissed, seen as a parting gift to a ne’er-do-well son or perhaps a “last laugh” on America.
Still, it is striking how this confession from such a famous person is not considered newsworthy by the New York Times, Washington Post, or other major news deciders. “Someone would have talked,” goes the old refrain. This presumes that there is someone listening.
The Last Confessions of E. Howard Hunt, by Erik Hedegaard.
JFK Murder Plot “Deathbed Confession Aired on National Radio, by Paul Joseph Watson.
Watergate Plotter May Have a Last Tale, by Carol Williams.
The Three Oswald Deceptions: The Operation, the Cover-Up and the Conspiracy, by Peter Dale Scott.
Partial Recording of Howard Hunt Tape. The cassette was mailed by Hunt to his son Saint John in Jan 2004, and was played on the Coast to Coast Live radio show on May 1, 2007.
saintjohnhunt.com. The website of the son of E. Howard Hunt.
E. Howard Hunt on Spartacus Educational.
American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate, and Beyond. Published in February 2007, Hunt’s last book talks about CIA involvement in the JFK assassination in more of a “what if it happened this way” manner.
Pages on Spartacus Educational:
House Select Committee on Assassinations: