Ion Mihai Pacepa


Pacepa, Ion Mihai. "The Arafat I Know." Wall Street Journal, 10 Jan. 2002.

The former head of the Romanian foreign intelligence service, who defected to the West in 1978, claims to have aided the Soviet KGB in the indoctrination and training of PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat.


Pacepa, Ion Mihai. Programmed to Kill: Lee Harvey Oswald, the Soviet KGB, and the Kennedy Assassination. Chicago, IL: Ivan R. Dee, 2007.

Clark comment: The author is the former head of the Romanian foreign intelligence service; he defected to the West in 1978.

The reviewer for Publishers Weekly, 14 Sep. 2007, (via finds that "[e]ven those inclined to suspect a conspiracy was behind JFK's murder will likely remain unpersuaded by Pacepa's circumstantial, speculative case that the Soviet Union ordered Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate Kennedy.... While there is reason to doubt that the former Soviet Union was fully forthcoming about Oswald's time there, this book offers no convincing Soviet motive for the assassination."

Goulden, Intelligencer 15.3 (Summer-Fall 2007), sees this as an "account that rests rather flimsily on circumstantial evidence and supposition." The one saving grace is the book's revelation concerning Moscow's "directive to all satellite spy services" to blame the CIA for President Kennedy's assassination. For Peake, Studies 52.2 (Jun. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), the author "presents a conceivable explanation of Kennedy's assassination, but it is also implausible. Pacepa doesn't connect the dots, he adds new ones."

[CIA/Accusations/00s; Russia/Overviews/00s]

Pacepa, Ion Mihai. Red Horizons: Chronicles of a Communist Spy Chief. Washington, DC: Regnery, 1987. London: Heinemann, 1988.

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