Brigadier General James Hunt was a lieutenant colonel in 1971, Hunt ran the Phoenix training program in Saigon and Vung Tau. Privy to the inner-workings of the Phoenix Directorate, it bothered him that John Mason, the CIA officer in charge in 1970-1971, "blatantly lied." Hunt explains that, "Phoenix had been under the CIA; then MACV supposedly took it over. But we didn't really understand it, and that bothered us. There was always a suspicion. My impression was that John Mason worked for Colby through Jake, but he also had a close relationship with the chief of station - a professional relationship, back-channeling messages."
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