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Victor L. Marchetti, Jr. (born December 23, 1929) is a former special assistant to the
Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and a prominent
paleoconservative critic of the United States Intelligence Community and the Israel
lobby in the United States. While serving as an active-duty American soldier,
Marchetti was recruited into the intelligence agencies in 1952 during the Cold War to
engage in espionage against East Germany. Marchetti joined the Central Intelligence
Agency in 1955, working as a specialist on the USSR. He was a leading CIA expert on
Third World aid, with a focus on USSR military supplies to Cuba after the end of the
Kennedy administration.

In 1966 Marchetti was promoted to the office of special assistant to the Chief of
Planning, Programming, and Budgeting, and a special assistant to CIA Director
Richard Helms. Within three years Marchetti became disillusioned with the policies
and practices of the CIA, and resigned in 1969, writing an exposé of the CIA in a
book published in 1971 entitled The Rope Dancer.

Later Marchetti published books critical of the CIA with author John D. Marks. The
books included, The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence (1973). Before this book was
published, the CIA demanded that Marchetti remove 399 passages, but Marchetti
resisted and only 168 passages were censored. It is the first book the federal
government of the United States ever went to court to censor before its publication.
The publisher (Alfred A. Knopf) chose to publish the book with blanks for censored
passages and with boldface type for passages that were challenged but later
uncensored. The publication of this book was one of the events that led to the
establishment of the Church Committee by Frank Church.

In 1976 Marchetti published Foreign and Military Intelligence and in 1978 he
published an article about the JFK assassination in the far-right newspaper of the
Liberty Lobby, The Spotlight. Marchetti, a proponent of the organized crime and the
CIA conspiracy theory, claimed that the House Select Committee on Assassinations
revealed a CIA memo from 1966 that named E. Howard Hunt, Frank Sturgis and
Gerry Patrick Hemming in the JFK assassination. Marchetti also claimed that Marita
Lorenz offered sworn testimony to confirm this.

In 1981, E. Howard Hunt sued the Liberty Lobby and Marchetti for defamation and
won $650,000 in damages. Liberty Lobby appealed the case with lawyer, Mark Lane.
Marchetti, Liberty Lobby and Lane won the appeal in 1995. Lane wrote a book,
Plausible Denial, to describe the unfolding of that historic trial.