I have semi-vowed to stay away from 1963 in these pages, but David Talbot's piece in Salon is worth reading
. That said, I am heterodox: I do not believe that Allen Dulles orchestrated the event, although he oversaw much of the cover-up. In my view, the event itself was planned on the second floor of CIA HQ by one James Jesus Angleton, who hoped to spark World War III. A great mischief-maker, Jimmy was.
To get a little closer to the truth, or at least my
idea of the truth, you may want to hear this interview with the remarkable Kevin Coogan
. The first part will strike many of you as overly-detailed stuff for the advanced students. But stick with it. The interview derives from this article
by Coogan, published in Lobster.