Advanced Arafat studies

Former National Security Agency analyst James Welsh called me on Friday regarding the posts we ran earlier this week on Yasser Arafat’s responsibility for the murder of U.S. Ambassador to Sudan Cleo Noel and the subsequent cover-up of Arafat’s involvement. I asked Jim about the cable dated March 15, 1973, from then-Secretary of State William Rogers to American embassies around the world that he had earlier provided me.
Jim directed me to the interesting Web site created by Russ Braley that is devoted to the accomplishments of Richard Nixon: President Richard Nixon’s site. Braley has the site organized into chapters discussing different Nixon-related subjects. One of the chapters is “Arafat’s murders in Khartoum.”
The chapter contains a good account of Jim Welsh’s description of his role in the events of late February-early March 1973, of the purging of most of the relevant records from the archives, and of Braley’s discovery of the March 15 cable from which I quoted in “What the cables say: Arafat murdered Noel.”


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