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The Marilyn Monroe CIA Memo

This is a CIA document that appeared sometime in

the early 1990s and has been (unwittingly)
authenticated by the CIA itself, in that when Dr.
Donald R. Burleson, author of UFOs and the
Murder of Marilyn Monroe, filed his appeal of the
CIA's refusal to release transcripts of government
wiretaps on Marilyn Monroe's telephones, the
appeal, which was based largely on the 3 August
1962 document in question, was accepted;
ultimately no transcripts were released, but the
acceptance-of-appeal process did demonstrate that
the document is of authentic CIA provenance. The
CIA could have denied the authenticity of the
document and could thus have turned the appeal
down, but they did not. It is contrary to Agency
policy to accept any Freedom of Information Act
request or appeal based on documents which the
CIA does not acknowledge to be authentic; so,
tacitly, they acknowledged that the document is

Not only does the Freedom of Information Act appeal-acceptance show that the "Marilyn
memo" is of authentic CIA provenance-- it also proves that the transcripts of wiretaps on
Marilyn's phones do exist. When an appeal is accepted and the requester is told that the
matter has gone to the CIA's Agency Release Panel, that means that a debate is under
way as to whether to release existing documents, documents in possession of the Agency.
It's nonsense for the CIA to debate with itself over releasing nonexistent documents! The
wiretap transcripts undeniably do exist, and given what is now known about Marilyn's
death, they must be extraordinarily revealing.

The 3 August 1962 CIA document, written only a day before Marilyn Monroe's death,
reveals that some high government officials were in a state of extreme anxiety over the
fact that the Kennedy brothers (Jack and Bobby) had been imparting sensitive
information to Marilyn, and that she was writing a lot of it down in her little red "diary of
secrets." Of special interest is the CIA document's mention of the fact that one of the
secrets everyone was afraid Marilyn might have written down had to do with "the visit by
the President at a secret air base for the purpose of inspecting things from outer space."
The obvious inference is that JFK had told Marilyn about the Roswell UFO crash and the
retrieval, in 1947, of debris and alien bodies. (John Kennedy was notorious for having a
difficult time separating his hormonal life from his political career. It got him into trouble
more than once. Marilyn wasn't the first such instance, nor the last.)
When the Kennedys started distancing themselves from Marilyn, she grew angry and
(mentioning it on the telephone, unfortunately) started planning to hold a news
conference and "tell all." According to the hypothesis set forth in Dr. Burleson's book,
Attorney General Robert Kennedy then became so fearful that "tell all" meant telling the
big secret-- the government retrieval and coverup of UFO crash debris and bodies-- that
he simply could not afford to let her live long enough to hold such a press conference as
she was threatening to hold. Dr. Burleson's book explores the likelihood that had Marilyn
indeed told the world the "secret of secrets," the President would have been indicted for
disclosing highly classified information to an unauthorized recipient, an offense quite
possibly to be construed as treason. The Kennedys couldn't risk the potential political
disaster, and Marilyn became the victim of their fears.

For easier reference, here is a transcription of the text of the CIA document:

Wiretape of telephone conversation between reporter Dorothy Kilgallen and her

close friend, Howard Rothberg (A); from wiretap of telephone conversation of
Marilyn Monroe and Attorney General Robert Kennedy (B). Appraisal of Content:
[A portion redacted.]

1. Rothberg discussed the apparent comeback of subject with Kilgallen and the
break up with the Kennedys. Rothberg told Kilgallen that she was attending
Hollywood parties hosted by the "inner circle" among Hollywood's elite and was
becoming the talk of the town again. Rothberg indicated in so many words, that she
had secrets to tell, no doubt arising from her trists [sic] with the President and the
Attorney General. One such "secret" mentions the visit by the President at a secret
air base for the purpose of inspecting things from outer space. Kilgallen replied that
she knew what might be the source of visit. In the mid-fifties Kilgallen learned of
secret effort by US and UK governments to identify the origins of crashed
spacecraft and dead bodies, from a British government official. Kilgallen believed
the story may have come from the New Mexico story in the late forties. Kilgallen
said that if the story is true, it would cause terrible embarrassment for Jack and his
plans to have NASA put men on the moon.

2. Subject repeatedly called the Attorney General and complained about the way
she was being ignored by the President and his brother.

3. Subject threatened to hold a press conference and would tell all.

4. Subject made reference to "bases" in Cuba and knew of the President's plan to
kill Castro.

5. Subject made reference to her "diary of secrets" and what the newspapers would
do with such disclosures.
[An indented block of text is redacted near the bottom of the page, and the
document is signed JAMES ANGLETON, who at the time was the Chief of
Counterintelligence for the CIA.]

The UFO connection becomes all the more compelling with the discovery, described in
Burleson's UFOs and the Murder of Marilyn Monroe, of an imprint to the left of the
"TOP SECRET" stamp near the top of the document; the imprint, when Burleson
enhanced it by computer imaging techniques, turns out to contain the name of Brigadier
General George Shulgen, who was formerly the chief UFO investigation-coordinator for
the U.S. Air Force. (The imprint also refers to General Schulgen's Intelligence Collection
Memorandum, a document known to have existed.) This imprint or "bleed-in," however
it came to be on a CIA document about Marilyn Monroe, makes a clear connection
between her murder and the question of UFO secrecy, as someone, somewhere at some
time, evidently thought it logical to archive the documents together. When all the
evidence is considered, the case becomes very strong that government people murdered
Marilyn because of what she knew about the UFO coverup.