Former director of the CIA killed himself

Publié le par Daily Mail by Daniel Bates

The former director of the CIA in the 1970s killed himself because he was 'tortured' by U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War under his watch, his son has claimed.

Former director of the CIA killed himself

William Colby 'had had enough' by the time he quit the organisation in 1975 and was wracked with guilt over his actions, said Carl Colby. He later supposedly drowned himself on a solo canoe trip in a death that was ruled an accident by a coroner in 1996 - but sparked endless conspiracy theories. Now Carl Colby's claims have reignited the speculation but also split his own family apart as not all of them believe it was a suicide. colby's son Carl believes his father killed himself, after decades plagues with guilt about Vietnam and his absentee parenting.

William Colby, who died in 1996 at the age of 76, served as the 10th director of the CIA between 1973 and 1976. He was known as the man who was gave away the CIA's 'family jewels', or details about its covert actions between the 1950s and 1970s. Even though he was ordered to do so by the Senate, many of his colleagues in the intelligence community considered it a huge betrayal. When he died theories emerged that somebody - or a foreign government - from the long list of enemies he built up over the years could have killed him.

A coroner ruled the death was accidental but now Carl Colby, a filmmaker, has said it was in fact a suicide in a new documentary he has directed called: 'The Man Nobody Knew'. He said his father had a 'tortured soul' after helping create the counterintelligence tactic in the Vietnam War called The Phoenix Program which involved using locals to help overthrow their government. Such a tactic is still in use today and has been deployed in Afghanistan to fight Al Qaeda.

Carl Colby said: 'My father's death was ruled an accident - a stroke or a heart attack - but I think he was done. He didn't have a lot left to live for. 'And he never wanted to grow old.' He added that another factor in his father's death could have been guilt over the death of his sister Catherine, who suffered from epilepsy and died at the age of 24 in 1973. Carl Colby said that 'while she was alive, (her father) was never there for her' and that two weeks before his death their father phoned him 'seeking absolution for his not doing enough when Catherine was so ill'.

The claims have caused division within the Colby family - William Colby's eldest son Jonathan has pointed out that their father had plaque in his arteries which could cause a fatal heart attack. The body was also found with no shoes on which he suggests is evidence he was kicking in the water. Jonathan Colby told the Huffington Post: 'I respect my brother's movie, but the implication that my father took his life is not correct, and we felt it was important for people to see the final report of how he died in writing.'

He added that another striking feature was that his father was not more anguished than he appeared to be. 'With all that happened in the Vietnam years, what's really striking to me is why he wasn't tortured by it more,' he said. The claims have caused division within the Colby family - William Colby's eldest son Jonathan has pointed out that their father had plaque in his arteries which could cause a fatal heart attack. The body was also found with no shoes on which he suggests is evidence he was kicking in the water.

Jonathan Colby told the Huffington Post: 'I respect my brother's movie, but the implication that my father took his life is not correct, and we felt it was important for people to see the final report of how he died in writing.' He added that another striking feature was that his father was not more anguished than he appeared to be. 'With all that happened in the Vietnam years, what's really striking to me is why he wasn't tortured by it more,' he said.

The claims have caused division within the Colby family - William Colby's eldest son Jonathan has pointed out that their father had plaque in his arteries which could cause a fatal heart attack. The body was also found with no shoes on which he suggests is evidence he was kicking in the water. Jonathan Colby told the Huffington Post: 'I respect my brother's movie, but the implication that my father took his life is not correct, and we felt it was important for people to see the final report of how he died in writing.' He added that another striking feature was that his father was not more anguished than he appeared to be. 'With all that happened in the Vietnam years, what's really striking to me is why he wasn't tortured by it more,' he said.

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