The only person to ever bring anyone to trial for conspiracy in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison.
The CIA's Interest in Garrison's Case
Once Garrison started looking into the case, people affiliated with the CIA kept popping up over and over. Garrison came to believe the CIA had direct involvement in the assassination. Garrison's interest in the CIA was returned in kind. This file from the Assassination Archives in Washington demonstrates the CIA's keen interest not just in the defendent Clay Shaw, who had covert security clearance to operate with the CIA, but in a man solely called to testify about the impossibility of the "single bullet theory".
That Counterintelligence Director for the CIA Jim Angleton would find it necessary not only to spy but to work with Hoover's FBI in an attempt to dig up dirt on this innocent man's background is key to understanding the nature of (and perhaps reason for) the CIA's intense interest in wrecking Garrison's case.
The Perry Russo Story
Perry Russo became a key witness for Garrison. Russo, upon the death of David Ferrie whom he had known and of whom he was afraid, went to the press and told them how David Ferrie had been talking of killing President Kennedy. Russo told Garrison's staff that one of the men involved in this planning was Clay Bertrand. In the Warren Commission evidence, a Clay Bertrand was reported to have telephoned New Orleans attorney Dean Andrews the night of November 22, 1963, asking Dean Andrews to represent Lee Harvey Oswald. When Perry Russo said Clay Bertrand was really Clay Shaw, a monumental effort began to discredit Perry Russo.
Journalist and intelligence asset James Phelan combed through a long memo that young staff attorney "Moo Moo" Sciambra had written after talking to Perry Russo. Phelan noticed one key thing: in the whole "Sciambra Memorandum", there was no reference to Clay Shaw! Sciambra was stunned, as he had already written about Russo in an earlier memo (partially included below) and could not understand what the fuss was about. Each item below references information from Garrison's files on Russo, as well as some of the testimony from the trial.
Garrison Refutes His Critics: The Famous Playboy Interview
Most of the people who attack Garrison won't let his case and his own words speak for themselves. They quote convicts in jail and journalists who tried to bribe Garrison's witnesses in their attempts to discredit Garrison. Hear from Garrison in his own words and decide for yourselves whether this was a crazy man or a man who "had something":