Here are the juiciest bits of JFK’s secret document dump
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The National Archives and Records Administration on Wednesday released 1,500 secret documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The 1963 murder shocked the nation and continues to arouse the fascination of historians and conspiracy theorists.
The National Archives document dump was supposed to happen a year ago, but President Joe Biden delayed it, blaming the coronavirus pandemic. Another launch date was canceled a month ago. Some files, initially promised to be released with those released on Wednesday, will be withheld until December 2022. Congress has demanded that all Warren Commission documents be made public by 2017 in 1992. According to the National Archives , more than 90 percent of the files relating to the assassination have been published.
While these documents may not reconfigure the assassination in the American imagination, here are some of the juiciest pieces of once-hidden cables.
Oliver Stone once again proves the CIA killed JFK
Lee Harvey Oswald met with KGB before assassination
JFK’s assassin, former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald, met a KGB agent in Mexico City just months before killing the president, according to a CIA memo.
“According to an intercepted phone call in Mexico City, Lee Oswald was at the Soviet embassy on September 23 and spoke to Consul Valeriy Vladimirovich,” the memo reads.
Oswald would call the same Soviet embassy a week later, identifying himself by name in rough Russian, CIA officers wrote.
“Hello here [is] Lee Oswald speaking, ”he told the USSR diplomat who answered the phone. “I was at your house last Saturday and spoke to a consul, and they said they would send a telegram to Washington, so I wanted to know if you had anything new. But I don’t remember the name of this consul.
According to the transcript of the call, Valery Kostikov, a KGB officer, told Oswald: “They say they haven’t received anything yet.”
“Did they do something? Oswald asked.
“Yes, they say a request has been sent, but nothing has been received yet,” Kostikov said. Then he hung up.
Oswald returned to the United States via the Texas-Mexico border in October 1963.
Anonymous caller said Soviets would fund Kennedy’s murder a year before it happened
Someone called the US Embassy in Australia a year before Kennedy’s assassination, warning that the Soviets would pay $ 100,000 for it. The CIA never got wind of the pipe, the New York Post reports.
A 1964 State Department memo read, “Wired to Canberra to request full details of the November 23 telephone conversation and the October 15, 1962. It should be noted that the CIA did not not heard of the 1962 telephone call. “
Two days after the assassination, another person called about the possibility of the Soviets funding the coup on Kennedy, this time calling a U.S. Navy attaché, CIA cables said. The man identified himself as Polish and a driver for the Soviet Embassy in Canberra, and CIA agents believed he was the same person who had called a year earlier.
But, CIA officers wrote: “In the opinion of the Australian authorities, the appellant was an eccentric”, and the Australian intelligence services could not identify a Polish employee of the Russian embassy there. low.
Fidel Castro was prominent in the CIA investigation
US intelligence agents continued an investigation involving a visit by Oswald to the Cuban consulate in Mexico City to plot with the Cubans. A Mexican employee of the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City arrested by Mexican authorities said Oswald “declared himself a Communist and admirer of Castro”.
This theory was later refuted when a Nicaraguan man confessed that he had invented seeing Oswald at the embassy in order to “implicate the United States in a way that would result in the overthrow of Castro,” according to a cable sent to the Secretary of State.
The CIA also speculated that an Associated Press interview may have influenced Oswald. While the assassin was living in New Orleans, a local newspaper published an interview with Fidel Castro in which the Communist leader warned the United States against the aggression against Cuba and the assassination of its officials, promising reprisals.
Another CIA document, this one marked “Secret Eyes Only,” describes the agency’s own plans to assassinate Fidel Castro, which “involved the use of the underworld with contacts inside Cuba,” reports the AP.
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