James Jesus Angleton
American Security Council
Angleton began working at the Washington office of the American Security Council in the summer of 1976. He served as President of an organization created by ASC and run out of the Council’s offices, known as the Security and Intelligence Fund. According to the ASC, Angleton gave a grim summary of the outlook for the CIA, during his first visit to the Council's Congressional Conference Center.
- According to Angleton, the CIA’s counterintelligence division was effectively disbanded, and for all practical purposes covert operations were also shut down. He also said morale at Langley was dismal.
The ASC gives the following account of comments by Angleton, apparently at an ASC luncheon in May 1976:
- Angleton said it was essential for America’s national security for both the CIA and the FBI to be rescued. He thought William Colby’s firing was an excellent start, and he had a high opinion of the current Director, George H.W. Bush. Because of the Church Committee and other investigations, he thought Bush needed considerable support. “This is the first time in history that the CIA needs overt public support, and we have to let the American people know what is happening,” Angleton said.
- Raymond Rocca - Deputy Chief of the CIA Counterintelligence Division
- William J. Hood - executive officer of the CIA Counterintelligence Division
- Newton S. Miler - chief of operations of the CIA Counterintelligence Division
- Jay Lovestone
- Spartacus Educational James Angleton, accessed 28 March 2009
- Edward Jay Epstein, James Jesus Angleton: The Orchid Man, edwardjayepstein.com
- David Robarge, Moles, Defectors, and Deceptions: James Angleton and CIA Counterintelligence, The Journal of Intelligence History, Winter 2003.
- Ronald Kessler, James Angleton’s Dangerous CIA Legacy, Newsmax, 28 March 2012.