What the CIA Thought about Mehmet Ali Agca.


One of the interesting revelations of Paul Kengor’s book The Pope and the President is that William J. Casey, Ronald Reagan’s head of the CIA, had to fight against the institutional Central Intelligence Agency to push the narrative that Soviet intelligence was involved in the assassination attempt on John Paul II. Furthermore, Kengor himself was rebuffed by CIA men when he proposed the theory, and as Kengor reveals, the CIA even went out of its way to attack Claire Sterling, the journalist who first proposed the Soviet connection in Reader’s Digest.

Of course, there is evidence of collaboration between elements of American and Soviet governmental bodies during the Cold War. Was there collusion in the attempt on John Paul II’s life? Or was it just a rock the CIA did not want to turn over?

This dismissal of Agca by the Central Intelligence Agency leaves us with some interesting questions.

  1. Why is the narrative of Soviet involvement in the attempt so important to Catholic neocons?
  2. Why would the CIA so vehemently deny the involvement of the KGB or any other intelligence agency in the attempt?
  3. Was Agca working for someone else outside the main channels of Soviet or American intelligence?

One thought on “What the CIA Thought about Mehmet Ali Agca.

  1. According to the BBC: “The other mystery surrounds his Turkish connections.
    The Grey Wolves group, with which he was associated at the time of the shooting, was linked to an underground network known as Gladio.
    This was set up with CIA support in a number of European countries during the Cold War to prepare resistance to a possible Soviet invasion.
    In both Italy and Turkey, Gladio networks are believed to have been behind numerous bombings and assassinations.
    In Italy, the networks have been exposed and dismantled; in Turkey, they are still widely believed to exist as a so-called “deep state”, with support from elements of the military.
    There are ongoing trials of dozens of people accused of involvement in illegal, deep-state activities.
    Agca was certainly helped to escape from prison in 1979 by his guards and some well-known underground right-wing figures. He was given false passports and enough funds to enable him to travel around Europe for several months before the attempted assassination.”
    source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8465527.stm

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