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who knew him and had worked with him.
As it turned out, that ruling was a mistake
attributable to the department’s mis-
handling of his personnel file. Sadly, it
was probably a contributing factor in his
decision to take his own life.
Shortly before his last day in the State
Department in 1969, Thomas composed
a memo to Secretary of State William
Rogers, spelling out the allegations that
had been made to him about Lee Harvey
Oswald’s Cuban contacts in Mexico City
and noting that if these became public
without further investigation, they could
add fuel to continuing conspiracy theo-
ries and undercut the Warren Commis-
State asked the CIA to comment on
that memo and his reports. The CIA
replied curtly that there was “no need for
further action.” The department did not
From interviews Philip Shenon con-
ducted for a new 2014 edition of his book,he wrote in The Washington Post on Sept. 24, 2014, that the Kennedy assassination
conspiracy theories are still alive half a
century later and that evenmembers of
the Warren Commission staff have come
around to believing that Oswaldmay have
beenmanipulated, even if he acted alone.
Thomas’ warning to Sec. Rogers was
prophetic, and it is surely time for the
Foreign Service to recognize his heroic
persistence and loyalty. We who served
with Charles Thomas remember him as a
loyal and brilliant colleague, an FSO who
deserves to be remembered by the newer
generations of the Foreign Service as a
devoted American public servant.
Ralph C. (Robin) Porter III
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