J. C. King Joseph Caldwell King (1900–1977) was the Chief of the Western Hemisphere Division of the CIA in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also known by his CIA code name of Oliver G. Galbond and as Colonel J.C. King.
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King graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1923. King then became a vice-president at Johnson and Johnson in charge of Brazil and Argentina. After this, he joined Nelson Rockefeller's Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (CIAA), also known as the Rockefeller Office. He was stationed in Argentina from 1941 to 1945, where he was engaged in feeding deceptive information to Japanese agents (see Thaddeus Holt,The Deceivers), and Guatemala from 1952 to 1953. King is believed to have advocated assassination of Che Guevara and Fidel and Raul Castro as early as December 11, 1959. He is also believed to be the CIA point man of the overthrow of João Goulart, President of Brazil, in 1964. King officially retired from the CIA in 1967, but soon came back as a CIA consultant. He was CEO of the Amazon Natural Drug Company, known as a front for the CIA. King's health was deteriorating at that time due to a combination of his age and Parkinson's disease and he died in January 1977.
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- review by Bill Weinberg of book Thy Will Be Done by Gerard Colby with Charlotte Dennett
- A. J. Weberman
- Colby, Gerald with Dennett, Charlotte Thy Will Be Done 1996 Harper Perennial ISBN 0-06-092723-2