Further proof has emerged of the tremendous investment that the CIA placed in Kenyan politician Tom Mboya in 1962 at the height of the Cold War and in the months preceding Kenya's independence from Britain. Mboya was the mentor of Barack Obama, Sr. who arranged for President Obama's father to be selected over more qualified candidates to be sent to the University of Hawaii as part of the CIA-linked Airlift Africa project to groom future pro-U.S. leaders of newly-independent English-speaking African states in east and southern Africa.
The main objective of the CIA, according to a formerly Secret CIA "Current Intelligence Weekly Summary," dated February 8, 1962, was to isolate Kenya's main leftist leader Oginga Odinga from the post-independence government of Kenya. Odinga's son, Raila Odinga, is now Prime Minister of Kenya, having achieved the post after the input of financial support for his "Orange" movement's election victory from George Soros. President Obama and Raila Odinga maintain a cordial relationship unlike their fathers. Oginga Odinga, although an ethnic Luo like Mboya and Barack Obama, Sr., was a political adversary of both.
In 1962, Obama, Sr. was participating in a CIA "sheep dipping" program at the University of Hawaii and was married to President Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. They were together raising one-year old Barack Obama, Jr. Obama, Sr. left Hawaii for Harvard in the fall of 1962 and Obama and his mother briefly joined him there before moving to Mercer Island, Washington before ultimately moving back to Hawaii. The Obamas divorced in 1964. In 1965, Obama, Sr. moved back to Kenya with his new Jewish-American wife and became involved in Mboya's political movement that pitched him against Odinga, the pro-Soviet Bloc leftist, and President Jomo Kenya, an ethic Kikuyu nationalist who was a leader of the Mau Mau rebellion against the British. Kenyatta's anti-European sentiments made the CIA uncomfortable about his leanings during the Cold War in the early- and mid-1960s.
The CIA document indicates the CIA wanted moderates to emerge as a single bloc in 1962 prior to independence. The bloc favored by the CIA was the Kenyan African National Union (KANU) but the agency noted with alarm that KANU was divided over three issues: "the cleavage between the Kikuyu and the Luo, the two main tribes which support the party; the activities of its left wing, which unites former Mau Mau 'old guard' Kikuyu leaders with Oginga Odinga, a Luo extremist [REDACTED] party secretary general Tom Mboya, also a Luo." The CIA's redaction appears to be an attempt to cover up the CIA's support for Mboya.
A formerly Secret CIA Special Report titled "Leftist Activity in Kenya," dated July 31, 1964, describes the CIA's fear of Odinga and his recruitment of students to study in the Soviet Bloc: ". . . the 51-year-old Odinga has nevertheless established his power base largely through his astute dispensing of Communist funds and scholarships supplied by both Moscow and Peiping. It has been estimated that at least 1,000 men in reasonably important positions in the government, civil service, and trade unions owe personal allegiance to Odinga,who has either sent them to study in Communist countries or supplied them with regular financial aid. Several members of Parliament almost certainly owe their election to financial support from Odinga."
The CIA Special Report also states that Odinga, not the CIA's man Mboya, was "the undisputed leader of the Luo tribe, second only in members and influence to Kenyatta's Kikuyu with whom it shares power in a sort of uneasy tribal coalition."
Ignoring the fact that Mboya personally selected students like Barack Obama, Sr. to study in the United States as part of Airlift Africa, the Special Report states:"On more than one occasion Odinga has personally selected students to go to Communist countries, bypassing both the minister of education and the KANU selection committee . . . The Kenyan ambassador to the UN and US is an Odinga partisan, as is the minister of information, Achieng Oneko. As vice president of KANU, Odinga organized a KANU "Friendship Delegation" which left Nairobi in June for visits to the USSR, North Korea, and Communist China. . . He also selected the Kenyan representative to the 26 July celebration in Havana. . . [REDACTED][perhaps signals intelligence intercepts revealed] in March a chartered Czechoslovak aircraft left Nairobi with 50 Kenyan students, mostly Luos, for an unknown destination . . .Some Kenyan 'students' in Communist countries are receiving paramilitary training. A group of five, selected by Odinga, reportedly returned in June from several months of such training in Bulgaria . . .Almost immediately after independence, the state controlled Kenya News Agency (KNA) began using Soviet-installed radio receivers and teleprinters flown in from the USSR, while Kenyans trained in Czechoslovakia and the USSR arrived to work in the agency. Others have reportedly arrived since, and in June the Czechoslovak News Agency representative in Nairobi was quietly appointed by Oneko [the pro-Odinga Information Minister] as 'informal' adviser and editorial and training expert for KNA, although the previous month Oneko had shown some enthusiasm for the suggestion of naming an American adviser . . . the Soviets plan to build a powerful radio station in Kenya."
The Special Report also refers to Odinga's foreign connections:"An extreme left-wing Goan journalist P. G. Pinto, long resident in Kenya -- and the only Asian detained during the Mau Mau emergency -- is a close associate of Odinga and Oneko, and appears to be lurking in the background of KNA, as well as engaging in clandestine political activity on their behalf. The editor of KNA, considered 'politically reliable" by Odinga and Oneko, lives in Pinto's home, and Pinto's wife is Oneko's secretary. She has a reputation for losing letters, shifting appointments, and otherwise sabotaging -- without his knowledge -- Western efforts to get to Oneko. The Nairobi papers somewhat belatedly raised a hue and cry over the case of the Kenyan students recently arrested following a fight with some New York policemen. The US Embassy believes that instructions to run this story came directly from Oneko and that he was responding to Soviet and Chinese pressure to keep the case alive . . . Kenyatta and his moderate associates -- Murumbi, Finance Minister Gichuru, Minister of Commerce and Industry Kiano, and even Tom Mboya, minister of justice and constitutional affairs and a Luo -- are more or less painfully aware of Odinga's operations. Odinga's suspected involvement in the Zanzibar coup, and the ease with which a small band of leftists overthrew the Sultan, opened Kenyatta's eyes to the personal and national danger represented by Odinga and his followers. Although Odinga's actual involvement in the coup has never been established, he did, as minister of home affairs, hide 'Field Marshal' Okello when the latter fled from Zanzibar. He apparently supplied him with money and a car, while professing complete ignorance of his whereabouts." John Okello was a Ugandan who led the Zanzibari revolution in 1964. It has been reported that Ugandan dictator Idi Amin had Okello murdered in Uganda in 1971.
The 1962 CIA report states that Kenyatta had "gravitated into the [REDACTED} company of Odinga and the hard-line extremists." The document also states that Mboya had indicated to the CIA that the Kenyan constitutional conference might be able to "isolate the extremists and form a 'national government' of moderate elements from both KANU and the governing party, the Kenya African Democratic Union -- with himself, by implication, in a leading position." Mboya never achieved the top leadership position in post-independence Kenya but it is certain had he done so, Barack Obama, Sr. would have been ready to assume a major position in the government, perhaps Finance Minister with a PhD in economics under his belt from Harvard. It is interesting to note how history might have changed had Obama, Sr. become a major political figure in Kenya under a CIA-backed President Mboya. Certainly, Obama, Jr. may have been tempted to live in luxury in Kenya and, instead of now being President of the United States, may have very well ended up as the President of Kenya.
As fate would have it, Mboya was assassinated in 1969 and Obama, Sr., with no political mentor, never achieved a major Cabinet post under Kenyatta, who distrusted the Luos and may have been behind Mboya's assassination. Obama, Sr., began drinking heavily and was killed in an automobile accident in Kenya in 1982.
The anti-Soviet program of the CIA in Africa also saw the agency's station in Leopoldville, Congo assisting in the assassination by Joseph Mobutu's government, installed by a CIA coup, of Congolese nationalist leader and former Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba in 1961. The Airlift Africa project of the CIA was a direct response to the establishment of a university in Moscow to train African leaders, renamed Patrice Lumumba University in 1961. The CIA document indicates that Congolese Premier Cyrille Adoula, who was a client of the CIA, and Katangan secessionist leader Moise Tshombe were both used by the CIA to stymie support for Lumumba's leftist successor, Antoine Gizenga. The CIA document states that officials in Leopoldville told the CIA that Gizenga's "removal from the capital to a small island off the Congo coast on 3 February was at his own request" [emphasis added] .The suppression of Gizenga's support in Kivu Province was a main element of CIA policy, with the document stating that "In conversation with US officials, the president of Kivu Province stated in early February that there is still the lack of security which enabled Stanleyville troops [Gizenga loyalists] last December to kidnap him and his ministers." Tshombe's Katanga was highly-prized by the CIA because of its natural resources, particularly gold, uranium, and diamonds, and the CIA saw Tshombe as a foil against the Soviet Bloc obtaining access to the resources. However, the CIA was acting against the wishes of President Kennedy who wanted to see a quick end to the Katangan secession from Congo. Gizenga, after years of exile,became Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2006 to 2008.
The CIA document provides a window into the inner workings of the CIA to stem actual and imagined Communist influence throughout the world in 1962. The CIA report states the United States rebuffed an attempt by communist Mongolia to establish diplomatic relations with Washington in 1962. The Taiwan Lobby, which was powerful in Washington, considered Mongolia to be a province of nationalist China and would not entertain the establishment of relations with Ulan Bator.
The CIA report states: "Mongolia, seeking wider recognition outside the Communist bloc, apparently feels sufficiently encouraged by its winning UN membership last fall to renew its approaches to free world countries. Two members of its UN delegation told an American official on 30 January of their country's desire to establish relations with the US and 'as many other non-Communist nations as possible.' Mongolia was disappointed over its failure last summer to secure US recognition, which it considers would prompt other Western countries to follow suit. Ulan Bator, successful than other Asian satellites in gaining recognition, has been recognized by 12 non-bloc nations -- most recently by Iraq, Afghanistan, and Ceylon . . . In his conversation with the American official, one of the Mongolian UN delegates intimated that the position of his country's remoteness was compounded by the "rather overpowering pressures of living between the USSR and Communist China."
In 1962, the CIA was more interested in propping up Asian regimes like that of Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan rather than reach out to North Vietnam and North Korea, which were also trying to establish diplomatic relations with the West. One of the CIA's contrivances in providing financial and military support to non-Communist Asian nations was the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, which is where Barack Obama, Sr. resided at the university when he met Stanley Ann Dunham.
In Laos, the CIA was violating the terms of the International Control Commission (ICC) and providing covert assistance, paid for by illicit opium smuggling, to the anti-Communist right-wing forces of Prince Boun Oum and General Phoumi Nosavan against the neutralist forces of Prince Souvanna Phouma and communist Pathet Lao forces and against the orders of President John F. Kennedy. The East-West Center and the affiliated Asia Society both colluded to provide propaganda and other assistance to the anti-Communists in Laos.
Ironically, the onset of the CIA affiliations of President Obama's family came at a time when the agency had adopted one of its most aggressive stances during the Cold War, even disregarding the orders of President Kennedy, whose one-time office Obama now occupies.