In an explosive revelation, Normand Hodges, a retired CIA has come out with the controversial claim of assassinating American actress and model Marilyn Monroe.
The fiery confession was made during his stay at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, while he was on deathbed languishing from an unspecified illness.
Expelling the reason for murdering Monroe, the CIA sleuth said, “We had evidence that Marilyn Monroe had not only slept with Kennedy, but also with Fidel Castro.
“My commanding officer, Jimmy Hayworth, told me that she had to die, and that it had to look like a suicide or an overdose. I had never killed a woman before, but I obeyed orders. I did it for America. She could have transmitted strategic information to the communists, and we couldn’t allow that! She had to die! I just did what I had to do!”
Hodges said that, while Marilyn was asleep, he snuck into her bedroom and injected the Hollywood actress with a huge dose of the barbiturate, Nembutal, combined with a powerful sedative known as chloral hydrate.
Marilyn Monroe died at home in her bedroom on August 5, 1962 between midnight and 1:00 AM.
Hodges said he and four other CIA operatives carried out political assassinations across the country.
According to Normand, the majority of the victims were union leaders, political activists, and journalists. However, he confessed that some scientists and artists, whose thoughts and actions threatened the interests of the United States, were also on the hit list.
All the four CIA operatives that worked in conjunction with Hodges are either dead or missing.
The US Senate has approved Gina Haspel as the first female Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) despite her role in the spy agency's brutal detention and interrogation programmes post-9/11 terror attacks.
The US Senate has approved Gina Haspel as the first female Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) despite her role in the spy agency’s brutal detention and interrogation programmes post-9/11 terror attacks.
Haspel’s confirmation on Thursday in a 54-45 vote followed a partisan fight among senators about Haspel’s past ties to the CIA’s former rendition, detention and interrogation activities, carried out in the years following the September 11 attacks, with the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding, now widely considered torture.
Six Democrats crossed party lines to vote in her favour. According to the Washington Post, Haspel appeared to have been helped by some last-minute arm-twisting by former CIA Directors John Brennan and Leon Panetta, who contacted at least five of the six Democrats to endorse her bid to join President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.
One of the six senators, Mark Warner, said Haspel had told him the agency should never have resorted to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques.
Warner said she had pledged never to use such methods even if Trump demanded it. “I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the President, who will speak truth to power if this President orders her to do something illegal or immoral, like a return to torture,” he said before the vote.
Two Republicans — Jeff Flake and Rand Paul — voted against Haspel. Opponents of her nomination included more than 100 retired admirals and generals who said her role in the agency’s use of torture would encourage foreign governments to torture American soldiers.
Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Richard Burr said the confirmation of a woman as CIA head would send an important message.
“Many others who have served, or are currently serving, have cracked the glass ceiling at the agency. Gina is poised to break it,” he said.
“It may be impossible to measure the importance of that breakthrough but I do know that it will send a signal to the current workforce and to the workforce of the future that a lifetime of commitment to the agency can and will be rewarded.”
A 33-year veteran of the agency, 61-year-old Haspel spent most of her career as an undercover operative, the US media reported.
Haspel supervised a secret prison in Thailand in 2002 where harsh interrogations were conducted and she destroyed CIA interrogation tapes years later. Her specific role in the programme remains classified.
One suspect that was brought there, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was brutalised using methods that were later banned by President Barack Obama.
Al-Nashiri, who was interrogated after Haspel took over the post, was also subjected to sleep deprivation, nudity, extreme temperatures, being held in a small box, and “walling” (being slammed repeatedly into a wall).