Thursday 19th of May 2022

spilling the beans on "the dismissal"...


As early as the 1960s, James Jesus Angleton insinuated that numerous Western leaders were KGB agents. The most famous allegations concerned the British Harold Wilson, the Swede Olof Palme, the Canadians Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, and the German Willy Brandt. At one point, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was also suspected by James, of being a KGB agent. This state of affairs created chaos in the CIA, paralysing many of its activities. 


When Angleton also accused aides of President Gerald Ford, CIA Director William Colby received the green light to send "his almighty colleague" to retire on the spot, together with many of his collaborators. It took years to reorganise the CIA, including rebuilding its USSR Section — and find the real moles. Angleton died of cancer in 1987.


Angleton had friendly relations with Junio Valerio Borghese who was a “socialo-proto-fascist” in Italy… In the 1980s, US investigative journalist David C Martin provided many clues that Angleton had actually been a pro-Communist, including Angleton's friendship with Philby


Without ever contacting the Russians, who “may" not have suspected Angleton was working for them, Angleton acted alone to destroy the CIA from within, with increasingly complex, paranoid and inefficient operations that generated chaos inside the Agency… The operations included recruitment of ex-Nazis, having exclusive relationships with Italy, Germany and Israel, reading all American correspondence with foreign countries, wiretapping all phone calls from East Berlin, continuously hunting for non-existent spies within the CIA, without ever finding the real ones... All real moles were eventually identified by other CIA offices. James has also been accused for the overthrow of Allende, but I believe this was done to taint him. This kind of dirty ops was not in his departmental briefs...


In 1977, James Jesus was interviewed by an ABC Australian news crew… 


Here is the view (edited for clarity) from producer Andrew Leslie Phillips:



In May 1977 I received a call to come to the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) office in New York for an assignment with Australia’s top television documentary program, Four Corners. Ray Martin had landed an interview with James Jesus Angleton who had been head of counter intelligence at the CIA for twenty-five years. Angleton was ready to spill the beans on the CIA’s influence in sacking Australia’s Labor Party Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. I’d heard speculation about CIA involvement in Australian politics but here it was from the horse’s mouth, from the man who knew the back-story.



Gough Whitlam was a charismatic, ambitious and intelligent politician, He was loved by the left and hated by the right. After twenty-three years of conservative government, in 1972 he  became Prime Minister. In his first days in office Whitlam pulled Australian troops out of Vietnam and reinstated the passport of renegade Australian journalist Wilfred Burtchet. Burchett was demonised by the former conservative government and a pliant Australian media because of his left-wing leanings and highly critical reporting of the Vietnam War. It was a symbol of a new era. I was to meet Wilfred Burchett in Cuba some years later.


I was in Papua New Guinea in 1972 when Whitlam was elected and for the first time in my life felt an affinity toward the political process. At last Australia was showing backbone instead of knee-bending supplication to the American bully boys.  It had been “all the way with LBJ”, as Australia followed America into Vietnam in the 1960’s and it sickened me. With Whitlam’s election it seemed Australia finally might stand up. The CIA quaked as Whitlam articulately outlined a new Australian independence particularly when it came to uncovering and expelling Pine Gap, the secret American communications node smack bang in the center of the nation and where no Australian was permitted.


Whitlam was brash and outspoken in his first years but gradually altruism turned sour and realpolitik kicked in.  When the money supply was halted by a bickering parliament, government ground to a halt. The 1975 Australian constitutional crisis, commonly called The Dismissal, culminated with Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s dismissal by the Queen of England’s Governor-General Sir John Kerr. Australia was part of the British Commonwealth and the queen is more than symbolic head of empire. 


The queen’s Governor General  appointed the  Leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Fraser, as caretaker Prime Minister. It was the greatest political and constitutional crisis in Australia's history. The nation was still under the boot of the British imperium and in the pocket of America. I was disgusted. During the ABC interview Angleton  outlined the web of CIA’s control. The revelations about the undermining of the Australian Labor government confirmed my worst speculations as I came of age in America.


A common allegation was the CIA influenced Kerr's decision to dismiss Whitlam. In 1966 Kerr had worked in intelligence and had joined The Association for Cultural Freedom, a conservative group funded by the  CIA.  Christopher Boyce was a young American employee at TRW and a CIA civilian contractor. He analysed data gathered by satellite. Like Edward Snowden, Boyce made public documents that revealed the CIA wanted Whitlam removed because he threatened to close US military bases in Australia. Boyce said the CIA described Sir John Kerr as "our man Kerr". These allegations were made in Parliament in 1986.


Boyce’s story became a book and a movie, “The Falcon and the Snowman”,  by Robert Lindsey, a New York Times reporter.  Boyce was later convicted as a spy. He was an anti-hero. The Australian journalist John Pilger called the dismissal a "coup". He alleged the CIA used the Nugan Hand Bank as a front to "set up” the Whitlam Government. Pilger alleged the bank provided slush funds to opposition parties in Australia and, with the CIA, undermined the Australian government, subverted trade unions and liaised with Governor General Kerr during the crisis. The bank was later revealed to be a handmaiden for the CIA.


Angleton was a staunch right-wing conservative who believed in American exceptionalism. He said he loved Australia and had great respect for ASIO,  Australian Security and Intelligence Organization, and believed Australia to be a frontier nation. America sixty years ago. He seemed bitter and broken still smarting from his own dismissal from the CIA. he was not holding back. Angleton confirmed the narrative and Ray Martin, our reporter who later went on to host a popular, daily, national television talk show,  peppered Angleton with questions in the ABC bureau on the 19th floor in the center of Manhattan in Rockefeller Center that day.


The CIA has a history of underhanded involvement in destabilising freely elected governments and Angleton was instrumental in destabilising socialist President Salvador Allende in a CIA sponsored coup in Chile, September 1973. His stories were mesmerising and I pushed my Sennheiser shotgun microphone closer to gather every syllable and speech mannerism and made sure the recording levels were perfect. 


Before his dismissal, Prime Minister Whitlam charged publicly that  American Intelligence organisations  were secretly channeling funds to politicians who supported American secret bases in Australia. Whitlam demanded an investigation by the Australian Defense Department to identify, once and for all, the real purpose of the bases.


Pine Gap was located deep in central Australia collecting data from spy satellites. The base was an essential component of the America’s spy matrix.   If shut down, American surveillance would be blind. Pine Gap in central Australia near Alice Springs was off limits to Australians. The base was considered American territory. Few Australians knew it even existed until Whitlam blew the whistle.


On November 11, 1975, a few days before I was to leave Australia for America, Prime Minister Whitlam scheduled a speech in which he was to discuss the CIA and the mysterious installations in the Outback. But he never had the chance to deliver it. On that day, Governor General Sir John Kerr removed him from office. Like others in Australia, I was outraged and depressed at his dismissal. It was one reason I decided to leave Australia. I felt the bitter taste of cowardice and shame, frustration and disappointment.


We concluded the first part of the interview with Angleton in the ABC’s Rockefeller Plaza bureau in New York and a few days later flew to Washington D.C to his home in the leafy suburbs of Virginia. When we arrived he was in his garden. Angleton could easily have stepped out of the pages of a John le Carré thriller and in fact subsequent films and television series used him as their model. He was tall and thin with a pronounced stoop. His face was angular and his thick grey hair was combed backward from his broad forehead. He wore heavy black-framed eye- glasses and a cigarette held delicately between two long fingers traced the air.


As a young man he studied at Yale and as an undergraduate edited the literary magazine, Furioso, which published many of the best-known poets of the inter-war period, including William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings and Ezra Pound. He carried on an extensive correspondence with Pound, cummings and Eliot. We sat while his wife poured tea in fine china cups. There were orchids in pots near a window.


The investigative journalist, Jay Edward Epstein met Angleton and wrote of the spymaster’s fascination with orchids in a detailed diary entry. They sat together in the dining room at the Madison Hotel in Washington soon after Angleton had been fired by Director, William Colby.


“He was ghostly-thin with finely sculptured facial features set off by arched eyebrows. Throughout the evening, he drank vintage wine, chain-smoked Virginia Slims and coughed as if had consumption. A quarter of a century in counterintelligence had extracted some toll.


“And then Angleton talked about his love of orchids explaining that it was most deceptive orchid that survived. The perpetuation of most orchids depended on them misrepresenting themselves. Having no food to offer, they deceived insects to land and carry pollen to other orchids in the tribe. 


“To accomplish this deception, orchids use colour shape and odour to attract insects to their pollen. Some orchids capitalise on the sexual instincts of insects. The tricocerusorchid so perfectly mimics, in three-dimensions, the underside of a female fly including the hairs and smell, that they trigger mating response from passing male flies. Seeing what it thinks is a female, the male swoops down on the orchid and attempts to have sex - a process called pseudo-copulation. The motion causes the insect to collect pollen and thus it becomes an unwitting carrier. When the fly passes another tricocerusorchid, they repeat the process, and pollinate another orchid.


“It gradually became clear that Angleton was not just talking about insects being manipulated through deception but an intelligence service being similarly duped, seduced, provoked, blinded, lured down false trails and used by an enemy.”


The term Angletonian entered the parlance as an adjective used to describe something conspiratorial, overly paranoid, bizarre, eerie or arcane.


When our interview was over we retired for a drink to review what just happened! We were in a state of mild shock. We knew we had a scoop and next day we packed the film for air express to Australia. It didn't make it.


It disappeared without a trace!




Gus: informations from “deep throat” characters indicate that some RIGHT-WING (Liberal aligned) managers at the ABC “spirited” away the rolls of films to never be seen again.  Other sources would indicate the two-hour recordings over a four-hour stint never left the USA… Considering Angleton’s history, he would have been under CIA surveillance till he died. Anything to do with him would have been censored, “managed” and interviews would have been no-nos. Apparently, James had a daughter who, at the time of the interviews, seemed very hostile, belittling him, and she might have been the one who blew the whistle on James spilling the beans. Knowing that he himself could have been working for the KGB, revealing the CIA stint on Whitlam in a somewhat obtuse/obvious manner was possibly designed in his own mind to sink the CIA into deeper shit, as he himself had been retired from it in unceremonious manner, for having been “inefficient”…


In 1974, the missteps of Operations Chaos and HT-LINGUAL caught up with Angleton, when the New York Times investigative journalist Seymour Hersh made it known that he was writing an expose of these two government infringements on the rights of American citizens. Angleton was called into Director of Central Intelligence William Colby's office and advised that it was time for him to submit his resignation. Fervently believing that his work at the CIA wasn't done, Angleton resisted, and in desperation he called Hersh and tried to bribe the reporter with promises of other classified information if he buried the story he was working on. Hersh recalls that conversation with Angleton, and in Cold Warrior he describes Angleton as being "off the reservation" and "totally crazy." The article was published, and the backlash was, as expected, damaging to the agency.


Angleton put off his advised retirement for months, and even after he had submitted his letter of resignation, he continued to show up for work as usual. This continued for months until he finally resigned himself to his fate in the spring of 1975.



That the CIA pushed Whitlam out of the Australian government, is a given nonetheless… That the GG, Kerr, was working for the Americans — despite his letters to the Queen — can be assured… and Malcolm Fraser played along, probably without knowing what was happening. Later on, Fraser despised any Australian government sucking up to the Yanks, having possibly realised too late the CIA deceitful stunt on Whitlam... and on Australia in general... Malcolm Fraser would HATE THE PRESENT LIBERAL PARTY, that is bordering on FASCISM, while clowning in front of the people, to distract us from its nasty bend in its heart.





Links to various sources available...


If Angleton's work was to destroy the CIA, he did this as much as he possibly could... 





Words in the picture at top, "quoted" as remembered by the recordings that vanished... Angleton's words mimicked the CIA's, rather than his own beliefs, obtusely...


Devious and accurate to the hilt...

a note to young and old australians...

1 — Presently the Liberal (Conservative) government is trying to destroy the ABC. 

2 — The ABC has done tremendous programs that exposed the trickeries of governments, left or right

3 — FAR LESS than other news network, the ABC can do a few mistakes that can be rectified easily

4 — The ABC is the most trusted news network in Australia

5 — The Murdoch media hates the ABC because of this, and because the Murdoch media is incapable of not being biased on most issues.

6 — The ABC provides many services that are unsung, but extremely valuable at all echelons of society

7 — As well as being news and entertainment savvy, the ABC also provides philosophical platforms

8 — SBS also provides a tremendous service — unequalled on the planet...

9 — The Liberals (Conservatives) allied with the IPA and News Corp (Murdoch media) have decided in their policies to:

a) privatise the ABC and SBS.

b) and/or destroy the ABC and SBS.

c) do it slowly by reducing the budgets till both organisations are bled of talents and unable to perform essential services...

d) accuse the ABC of bias when the ABC is often more right-wing than left-wing, but not ultra-right-wing...


The importance of the ABC cannot be sung enough. Young people grew either on the ABC's homegrown children programs or on the commercial American shit (sorry big bird)...  This is why the ABC audience needs to be alerted to the IPA, Murdoch and Liberal not so secret alliance designed to kill off the ABC. The Friends of the ABC do a great job at promoting the ABC — and it's also up to the younger generations to hold the flame for the national PUBLIC BROADCASTERS — ABC and SBS — both unique gems in the world of news, entertainment and social awareness.


Thank you.