In the final episode of season 1, Vice President Clark leaves the spaceship taking President Santiago around the Solar System. The spaceship explodes near Io killing everyone on board. Clark is then sworn in as Earth's new president.

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In later seasons, we learn that Clark was a power hungry tyrant who ran EarthGov with an authoritarian and militaristic attitude. (In the very scene for the image below, we hear an off-screen voice congratulating William Morgan Clark on becoming president. I'm unsure if that voice was Ed Wasser's, the actor who played Mr. Morden on B-5.)

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By this time, Mr. Morden was already contacting people in power around the galaxy asking "What do you want?" In the same episode where Santiago died, he and his associates even arranged the deaths of 10,000 Narns as a gift to Ambassador Londo Mollari, to make Mollari seem more powerful to other Centauri.

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Was there any evidence Mr. Morden was behind the assassination of President Santiago? This is the sort of thing he would do. He would kill somebody just to help a power-hungry person with a desire for glory take over. He thought nothing of killing 10,000 people just to start a war.

Please provide answers based on canon sources. (e.g. - screenplays, official novels, interviews with writers, etc...)

  • Of course he was. He or his associates
    – Valorum
    Commented May 31, 2018 at 7:07

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Joe Straczynski confirmed in a message on the Compuserve Babylon 5 Forum that the voice heard in the clip from Voices of Authority shown above was Ed Wassers, strongly implying that Morden was involved in the assassination of President Santiago.

The message is archived here although it lacks context; the context is included here but provides less detail about the response.

Was that Ed Wasser's voice? (He plays Morden.)
Joe Straczynski: It was definitely Ed Wasser.

Why didn't [the crew] recognize Morden's voice?
Joe Straczynski: Who said they didn't recognize it?

  • I have added the quotes from the episode page for you; admittedly, I cannot parse enough of the forum dump to tell what context you are referring to there.
    – Radhil
    Commented May 31, 2018 at 10:29
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    And the second link also mentions this unanswered question. "How did the Machine record the conversation between Clark and Morden?" So more proof that Mr. Morden was involved in the assassination.
    – RichS
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 4:37

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