This changed with the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, inherited from the Eisenhower administration.
Kennedy accepted responsibility publicly, but privately blamed the CIA and obtained the resignation of longtime Director Allen Dulles and others.
Bitterness continued as Robert Kennedy took control of Cuban operations, haranguing the CIA to "do something" about Castro.
Meanwhile, many CIA and Pentagon officers viewed the subsequent sabotage program, Operation Mongoose, as insufficient to overthrow the ever-stronger Castro.
An internal CIA memo from September 1967 lists those claimed by Garrison to have Agency ties: Clay Shaw, Lawrence La Borde, Emilio Santana, Victor Manuel Paneque, Alberto Fernandez Hechavarria, Carlos Bringuier, Gerald Patrick Hemming, Jack Rogers, William Dalzell, Schlumberger Corp., Donald Norton, and Gordon Novel.
Only in the latter two cases did the CIA claim absolutely no relationship; others were at least contacts or in some cases more (Carlos Bringuier's DRE anti-Castro organization was "conceived, created, and funded by the CIA").
recur over and over again in the Kennedy assassination saga, with many unanswered questions.
What have we learned from the voluminous CIA declassifications of the 1990s? President Kennedy entered office as an advocate of a stronger line against Fidel Castro's Cuba, and was a fan of the kind of counterinsurgent warfare employed by the CIA.
Both Fitzgerald and his boss Richard Helms later testified that RFK had not been informed.
Were the Kennedy brothers trying to kill Castro at the same time they were trying to reach an accomodation with him?