Charles A. Briggs

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Person.png Charles A. Briggs
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Born August 1, 1926
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Died November 4, 2015 (Age 89)
Alma mater Wesleyan University
Spouse Caty Briggs
As the 3rd highest ranking CIA officer, he produced an affidavit, known by many CIA spooks to be mendacious, but which was only exposed after about 20 years.

Employment.png Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 1980 - September 1982
Preceded by John H. Waller
Succeeded by James H. Taylor
Produced the mendacious "Briggs affidavit". End date is presumed.

Charles Ackerly Briggs was the Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency in the early 1980s. He produced the Briggs affidavit which condemned Edwin Wilson to arond 20 years in jail after his deep state arms deal to Libya.

Official narrative

Charles A. Briggs had wikipedia page as of July 2017.


He served as a Corporal for two years in the US Army during WWII. He attended Wesleyan University and was an active member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He married Catherine (Murphy) on April 22, 1950. In September of 1952 he was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency and over the course of the following 34 years he climbed the governmental service ladder from a Junior Officer Trainee to the top position of the CIA Executive Director. He had administrative roles in all four divisions within the Agency, including postings as Inspector General, Comptroller, Director of Services Staff, Congressional Liaison and Executive Director. His participation in the US Government's Senior Seminar in 1970 was a highlight of his life.

CIA Top 3 jobs simultaneously

An obituary noted that "He holds the unique distinction (in June of 1983) while serving as the Executive Director, of being briefly designated as the Acting Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) and Acting Deputy Director (DDCI), serving in all 3 positions simultaneously"[1] although other sources such as Wikipedia of the official CIA website do not mention that he was ever DCI or DDCI.

"Briggs affidavit"

As a vital part of the Arms For Libya trial, Briggs produced a mendacious affidavit, claiming to have searched all the CIA's files for mention of Edwin P. Wilson's activities after 1971, and stating that there was only one reference, in 1972. In fact this was very far from the truth, as Wilson had had at least formal 80 meetings with CIA staff, and numerous less formal engagements.

'Too bad'

When the deception was exposed, around 20 years later, he was ruled immune from prosecution by judge Lee Rosenthal. As Edwin Wilson's lawyer, Steve Berman, summarised it "There were lies told before, during and after his trial, and the judge [Lee Rosenthal] basically said, 'too bad.'"[2]

Sixth Floor Museum

Briggs was the CIA's liaison officer for the creation of the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.[1]
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