Exactly what I meant, hxxx. Almost an ally.
The only suggestion otherwise I could locate is from a NY Times article written 40 years after JFK died by a Mr. Roger Morris. (You can tell by his name he's a super-spy who knows all the facts.
I don't believe we could have pulled of an Iraq coup in 1963 for two reasons. One, the KGB would have known about it and Nikita Kruschev would have blabbed it all over the world.
Two, the US has never had effective spies. IMHO, the CIA couldn't find their collective ass with both their collective hands two times out of three, even with guard rails, GPS and laser sights.
Forget about 'Secret Agent' Pierce Brosnan. If you can picture Ralph Kramden getting screwed/screwed over in the back seat of an Isuzu econobox by some little Russian chippie and losing his career over it, you've got the US spy picture.