Richard Helms

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Person.png Richard Helms   C-SPAN History Commons NNDB Powerbase Sourcewatch SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, deep state actor, perjurer)
Richard Helms.jpg
Artist's impression of Richard Helms testifying to congress
BornRichard McGarrah Helms
St. Davids, Pennsylvania
DiedOctober 23, 2002 (Age 89)
Washington DC
NationalityUnited States
Alma materLe Rosey, Williams College
Member ofAssociation of Former Intelligence Officers, JFK/Assassination/Perpetrators, Office of Strategic Services

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Iran

In office
April 5, 1973 - January 1, 1977

Employment.png Director of Central Intelligence

In office
June 30, 1966 - February 2, 1973
DeputyRufus Taylor, Vernon A. Walters
Preceded byWilliam Raborn
Succeeded byJames R. Schlesinger
Covered up a lot of the details of Project MKUltra by ordering extensive destruction of the CIA documents on the matter.

Employment.png Deputy Director of Central Intelligence

In office
April 28, 1965 - June 30, 1966
Preceded byMarshall Carter

Employment.png CIA/Deputy Director for Plans Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
17 February 1962 - 28 April 1965
Preceded byRichard M. Bissell
Succeeded byDesmond FitzGerald

Richard M. Helms was a US spook and member of the US deep state who was caught lying to the US congress.[1]


Fletcher Prouty states that Richard Helms was second in command of the CIA's "focal point network" established under Allen Dulles, and that he took control of it after Dulles was fired.[2]

JFK Assassination

Peter Dale Scott writes that Richard Helms lied to the Warren Commission about the CIA and about Lee Harvey Oswald.[3]


Full article: Project MKUltra

As Director of Central Intelligence, Helms was boss of the Technical Services Division, whose Chemical Division was headed up by Sidney Gottlieb. The family of Stanley Glickman took unsuccessful legal action against the CIA in this regard,[4] which was hampered by Helms' 1973 decision just before leading as DCI to order the complete destruction of all documents regarding the CIA's Project MKUltra. In 1977 it transpired that around the purge had missed about 20,000 documents about the accounts since they had been wrongly located at the time.

Helms was found guilty of lying to congress about covert operations in relation to the overthrow of Salvador Allende in 1973[5] and given a 2 year suspended sentence.[1]

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