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State Secret: Chapter 4

Chapter 4: Mexico City Intrigue – The World of Surveillance of Bill Simpich's new book State Secret: Wiretapping in Mexico City, Double Agents, and the Framing of Lee Oswald is now available for reading online here at MFF.

Chapter 4 takes a close look at Mexico City's highly sensitive wiretapping programs; how the Mexico City station was partnered with the Mexican secret service - described by the CIA's Anne Goodpasture as "cruel and corrupt" - in running the insecure LIENVOY wiretap program; how the LIENVOY program was designed for the CIA to address the surveillance requirements of the National Security Agency; and how the wiretaps of a man calling himself Lee Oswald were suppressed for more than thirty years. Only now do we have enough documents to move towards a conclusion about what happened during the time that the man called Oswald was in Mexico City.

State Secret is being serialized a chapter at a time, with a new chapter appearing approximately weekly. During the month of November, we will be publishing chapters 5 and 6, to be followed by a concluding chapter.

Read Chapter 4: Mexico City Intrigue – The World of Surveillance

See also previously-published chapters:


Chapter 1: The Double Dangle

Chapter 2: Three Counterintelligence Teams Watched Oswald

Chapter 3: The Cuban Compound in Mexico City Was Ground Zero

Editor's note:

Bill Simpich and the MFF are providing this book online free of charge. If you would like to support this effort and the other activities of the Mary Ferrell Foundation, please consider a membership or

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