January 10

In his Jan. 7 Fine Print column, “CIA and questions of trust,” Walter Pincus wrote in discussing John Rizzo’s book “Company Man” that Rizzo “arrived [at the CIA] in the aftermath of the Church Committee’s exposure in 1975 of CIA assassinations.”

The lengthy Church Committee volume on alleged CIA assassinations reported that it had not identified a single instance in which the CIA had assassinated anyone. Under Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, schemes were devised and some put in motion to kill Cuban President Fidel Castro — apparently on orders from the White House. But those plans failed. A decision was made to kill Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, but the Church Committee concluded that the agency was not involved in his death. Other allegations of CIA involvement in killing foreign leaders were examined in depth and found to be false.

Indeed, long before the Church Committee began its work, Directors of Central Intelligence Richard Helms and William Colby issued internal directives prohibiting any agency involvement in assassination.

Robert F. Turner, Charlottesville