This testimony was confirmed by Hunt's family and a home employee of the Hunts. In , a magazine called The Spotlight ran an article accusing Hunt of being in Dallas on November 22, , and of having a role in the assassination. Hunt won a libel judgment against the magazine in , but this verdict was overturned on appeal. The magazine was found not liable when the case was retried in In , Hunt was in court again in a libel suit against Liberty Lobby.
During the trial, defense attorney Mark Lane was successful in creating doubt among the jury as to Hunt's location on the day of the Kennedy assassination through depositions from David Atlee Phillips , Richard Helms , G. In August , while in failing health, Hunt allegedly confessed to his son of his knowledge of a conspiracy in the JFK assassination. However, Hunt's health improved and he went on to live four more years. Shortly before Hunt's death in , he authored an autobiography which implicated Lyndon B. Johnson in the assassination, suggesting that Johnson had orchestrated the killing with the help of CIA agents who had been angered by Kennedy's actions as President.
Morales' friend, Ruben Carbajal, claimed that in Morales opened up about his involvement with the Bay of Pigs Invasion operation, and stated that "Kennedy had been responsible for him having to watch all the men he recruited and trained get wiped out. When he was questioned by the FBI about this story, Sturgis claimed that Buchanan had misquoted him regarding his comments about Oswald. According to a memo sent by L. Haldeman on June 19, , "[s]ources in Miami say he [Sturgis] is now associated with organized crime activities".
De Mohrenschildt would later write an extensive memoir in which he discussed his friendship with Oswald. Bush , appealing to Bush to stop the agency from taking action against him. Walton Moore to meet Oswald. He also told Epstein that he would not have met Oswald had he not been ordered to do so.
In fact, de Mohrenschildt had met Oswald several times, from the summer of to April De Mohrenschildt then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head shortly thereafter. De Mohrenschildt's wife later told sheriff's office investigators that her husband had been hospitalized for depression and paranoia in late and had tried to kill himself four times that year.
Findings by the Warren Commission and other federal investigations have conclusively ruled that Oswald either acted alone or conspired with others in the assassination, citing his actions in the years leading up to the event in support of that conclusion. Evidence of Oswald's pro-communist and radical tendencies include his defection to Russia, the New Orleans branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee he had organized, and also various public and private statements made by him espousing Marxism and extreme leftist ideologies.
Other researchers have argued that his behavior was in fact a carefully planned ruse as part of an effort by U. Oswald himself claimed to be an innocent, denying all charges and even declaring to reporters that he was "just a patsy ". He also insisted that the photos of him with a rifle had been faked, an assertion contradicted by statements made by his wife, Marina who claimed to have taken the photos , and the analysis of photographic experts such as Lyndal L.
Shaneyfelt of the FBI. In any case, less than 48 hours after his arrest Oswald was murdered, leaving many unanswered questions and even fueling speculation by some as evidence of a cover-up. Oswald's role as FBI informant was investigated by Lee Rankin and others of the Warren Commission, but their findings were inconclusive.
Several FBI employees had made statements indicating that Oswald was indeed a paid informant, but the commission was nonetheless unable to verify the veracity of those claims. Hosty reported that his office's interactions with Oswald were limited to dealing with his complaints about being harassed by the Bureau for being a communist sympathizer. In the weeks before the assassination Oswald made a personal visit to the FBI's Dallas branch office with a hand-delivered letter which purportedly contained a threat of some sort but, controversially, Hosty destroyed the letter by order of J.
Gordon Shanklin, his supervisor. Some researchers suggest that Oswald was an active agent of the Central Intelligence Agency, often pointing to the fact that he attempted to defect to Russia but was nonetheless able to return without difficulty even receiving a repatriation loan from the State Department   as evidence of such. A former roommate of Oswald, James Botelho who would later become a California judge stated in an interview with Mark Lane that he believed that Oswald was involved in an intelligence assignment in Russia,   although Botelho made no mention of those suspicions in his testimony to the Warren Commission years earlier.
Oswald's mother, Marguerite , often insisted that her son was recruited by an agency of the U. Government and sent to Russia. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence remarked that "everywhere you look with [Oswald], there're fingerprints of intelligence". House Select Committee on Assassinations , stated that if he "had to do it over again", he would have investigated the Kennedy assassination by probing Oswald's ties to the Central Intelligence Agency. Robert Blakey , staff director and chief counsel for the U.
House Select Committee on Assassinations supported that assessment in his conclusions as well. Kennedy was murdered by a conspiracy involving disgruntled CIA agents, anti-Castro Cubans, and members of the Mafia, all of whom were extremely angry at what they viewed as Kennedy's appeasement policies toward Communist Cuba and the Soviet Union. Jack Van Lanningham, a prison cellmate of Mafia boss Carlos Marcello , claimed that Marcello confessed to him in to having organized Kennedy's assassination. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Retrieved April 20, Anderson November 17, America Magazine. Archived from the original on May 12, The Miami News. Miami, Florida. Retrieved December 8, Texas Monthly. Retrieved December 14, The Washington Post. December 13, Henderson, North Carolina. Cox News Service. And then of course there was the national security issue. Echoes of what I just stated above- a lone gunman is far more acceptable than a conspiracy.
Unfortunately the facts on Oswald seem about too pat too obvious Marxist, Cuba, Russian wife, etc. The Dallas police have put out statements on the Communist conspiracy theory, and it was they who were in charge when he was shot and thus silenced. Katzenbach, whose memo sets out the Warren report results a year before the commission reached them, suggests that a "Presidential Commission of unimpeachable personnel" be appointed to examine evidence and reach conclusions. In closing he writes, I think, however, that a statement that all the facts will be made public property in an orderly and responsible way should be made now.
We need something to head off public speculation or Congressional hearings of the wrong sort. Actually, this is typical bureaucratic fulmination. The [New York] Times did not quit with the Warren report. The accounts of those witnesses whose testimony deviated the slightest from the official story were simply edited out.
Not included, for instance, was one man's testimony to the Warren Commission that on the day of JFK's murder he had seen two men on the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository, where the official line says there was just Oswald. The FBI told this witness to "forget it. Arguments rage over this- but some of the witnesses were, upon further investigation, wrong or distorting.
In addition, the section of the transcript where three Secret Service agents' autopsy observations contradict the official autopsy report was deleted. No wonder readers of this expurgated version of the commission's report became true believers. With the issuance of the Warren report, Oswald became the assassin. Although from the very beginning with a November Life article on Oswald headlined, "The Assassin: A Cold Lonely Man Who Resented All Authority" there was no presumption of innocence and little inclination to consider other explanations. Much of this is true, although the observations of agents does not hold the weight of the contradictory coroners.
Life was in Dallas making arrangements to buy the original Zapruder film only four hours after the assassination. Of the four existing home movies taken that day in Dealey Plaza, the 8mm film, shot by a middle-aged dress manufacturer, was considered to be the best record of JFK's murder. According to Richard Stolley, who is currently the editorial director of Time Inc. And who was C.
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A staunch anticommunist who played a crucial role in the direction of U. By permitting the chain of custody to include Life magazine, and by accepting a mere copy of a crucial piece of evidence, the law-enforcement authorities were well on their way to compromising their investigation. The critical Zapruder film was kept exclusively in the hands of Time Inc. In its very first issue after the assassination, Life seriously misrepresented the content of the Zapruder film, a practice that would continue until the film finally gained general release in The doctors at Parkland Hospital, who had worked on the president, had reported that he had suffered an "apparent" entrance wound to the throat.
Since the book depository, from which Oswald had allegedly fired, was to the presidential limousine's rear, how, some were beginning to wonder, did the president suffer a frontal throat wound? Life's December 6, , edition gave a simple and conclusive explanation, based on the Zapruder film, an answer only Life could provide.
Wrote Life: "The 8mm [Zapruder] film shows the President turning his body far around to the right as he waves to someone in the crowd. His throat is exposed to the sniper's nest just before he clutches it. There was only one problem: The description of the Zapruder film was a total fabrication. Although the film shows Kennedy turning to the right toward the grassy knoll, that is at no time does he turn degrees toward the book depository.
Indeed, by the time he is hit, he is once again turning toward the front. Herein is 1 of the central forensic mysteries- has the Zapruder film been tampered with? Both sides gloss over this fact by accepting the Zapruder film face up.
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The October 2, , issue underwent two major revisions after it hit the stands, expensive changes that required breaking and resetting plates twice, a highly unusual occurrence. That issue of Life was illustrated with eight frames of the Zapruder film along with descriptive captions. One version of caption 6 read: "The assassin's shot struck the right rear portion of the President's skull, causing a massive wound and snapping his head to one side. The photo makes it look as though shots came from the front the railroad trestle or the right the grassy knoll.
A second version of the issue replaces this frame with another, the graphic shot of the president's head exploding frame Blood fills the air and all details are obscured. The caption, oddly enough, remained the same describing his head snapping to one side. A third version carries this same slide frame has been thrown on the dumpheap of history but now with a new caption, one that jibes perfectly with the Warren Commission's findings.
Of course, as all the world would learn years later, it was the back of the president's skull that would explode, suggesting an exit wound, and sending Jackie Kennedy crawling reflexively across the trunk of the limousine to try to salvage the pieces. But this would not be fully understood until the Zapruder film itself had been seen in its entirety. That question- why did Jackie sprawl across the back of the car? It sure seems as if she were trying to recover something shot from the opposite direction, or instinctively hide in the opposite direction. By The Times seemed to be moving away from its stance of unquestioning support for the Warren report.
In a November editorial, the paper acknowledged that there were "Unanswered Questions. That investigation lasted for less than a month. The best look inside the brief investigation came in a Rolling Stone interview with New York Times reporter and assassination investigation team member Martin Waldron. Waldron told Rolling Stone that the team found "a lot of unanswered questions" that the Times did not choose to pursue…. But finally, the lid blew off in when activist Dick Gregory and optics expert Robert Groden approached Geraldo Rivera with a newly unearthed clear copy of the Zapruder film.
Finally, the American public was to see the Zapruder film in its entirety, unmediated by any editors or censors. ABC's Good Night America show was the first national television airing of the film to include the deadly frame Pirated copies had started to crop up in the mid '60s but were of such poor quality they had no dramatic impact. ABC relented, but only after Rivera agreed to sign a waiver accepting sole financial responsibility if Time or the Zapruder family sued. Rivera maintains that Time-Life did not sue because "they were blown away by the reaction to the program.
Oliver Stone's movie JFK relies on the Zapruder film to support the film's central contention that Kennedy's fatal wound came from the front, and that therefore a conspiracy existed. Referring to the 8mm film, Stone told the Voice: "It was key. It is the best smoking gun we have to date. Oddly enough, the man who shot the film, Abraham Zapruder, according to an article authored by Stolley in the November Esquire, told the Life reporter, "My first impression was that the shots were coming from behind me" that is, from the infamous grassy knoll.
This claim is something that is consistently downplayed by the anti-conspiracists. CBS decided to go ahead with a documentary series in the fall of , as the cynicism about the assassination continued to mount.
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Books on the subject were starting to stimulate a national debate. Reports on the suppression of crucial evidence including the fact the Warren Commission never even saw the actual autopsy photos and X-rays of JFK had became parlor talk around the country. Buzz phrases like "magic bullet" were being used for the first time to express a growing cynicism. Public opinion polls indicated that a majority of the respondents had begun to doubt that Oswald was the whole story.
The CBS effort was nothing if not monumental. Whereas those who had come before had used fixed targets to test the magic bullet hypothesis, CBS went a giant step further, rigging up a moving target. But the money and manpower thrown at the project was undercut all along the way by errors in procedure and logic; if not motive. For instance, in trying to determine whether Oswald could possibly have fired all the rounds believed to have been squeezed off in Dealey Plaza, CBS used a rifle that was faster than Oswald's: capable of three shots in 4.
The 11 CBS marksmen fired 37 firing runs of three shots each; of those, an amazing 17 of the 37 runs were disqualified as Cronkite said "because of trouble with the rifle. Oswald, a notoriously bad shot firing with a slower gun, is alleged to have done much better three shots and two direct hits in 5. CBS neglected to inform its viewers of the poor total average hit ratio.
How did CBS interpret these rifle tests? But these were not normal circumstances.
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Oswald was shooting at a president. So our answer is: probably fast enough. Such reasoning, applied to other things, would probably have gotten Uncle Walter pink slipped years earlier. Cronkite tells Schechter that Johnson invoked "national security" to get CBS to edit out his remarks long after they had been captured on film. Cronkite and CBS, of course, reflexively complied. But perhaps nothing revealed CBS's prejudice in the series more tellingly than the network's treatment of Orville Nix, a man who was wielding a movie camera across from the grassy knoll on that fateful day. But, according to his granddaughter Gayle Nix Jackson, the film only brought him heartache.
They said they needed to analyze it. They returned it in pieces," recalls Jackson. In Nix dutifully turned out for the CBS re-creation. Recalls his granddaughter: "His turn came to reenact what he saw. Nix, where did the shots come from? Birnbaum says CBS did give Warren Commission critics air time and cites a segment of the documentary where another eyewitness contends shots came from the grassy knoll. Throughout the early s, when Walter Cronkite said, "That's the way it is While Stone's film does take serious liberty with history, the virulence with which the film has been attacked seems to say more about a defensive press that missed and continues to miss a major story than it does about any flaws in JFK.
Another interesting point- the attacks against JFK , the film, are far out of proportion with its impact. The Film JFK. By accepting the tyranny of the known, the media inevitably relies on the official version of the truth, seldom asking the government to prove its case, while demanding of critics of that official version the most exacting tests of evidence.
The original, official findings are accepted without serious scrutiny, as if the government was institutionally incapable of anything but impartiality. Challenges, by contrast, are run through the most withering gauntlet, perhaps for the obvious reason that it is the government that sits in judgment of the merits of the challenge…. Other than the Zapruder film the autopsies remain the most central evidence pertaining to the question of a 2 nd shooter.
That so many questions abound is 1 thing- that no questions are raised in the mainstream media another, even more damning 1. Again, the silence from the mainstream media is too much to ignore in this regard. So does the evidence merit a reexamination by a new panel of experts? The reader will have to decide for himself how much suppressed, and contradictory, evidence it takes to justify a reappraisal.
Or to justify lack of confidence in prior appraisals. But today it is not an exaggeration to argue that still, nearly 40 years later, there remain myriad unanswered questions. This is a very good point. Why so many apparently covert maneuvers if LHO was truly a singular wacko? You do so and, magically, you find a small piece of paper contain a single message: "7.
If you had tried again and said "Ten," the gypsy would have asked you to look beneath the teapot. There you would have found a slip of paper with the number "10" written on it.
But the gypsy quickly directs your attention to other matters — he dares not perform more than one demonstration of his clairvoyance per session, or even the most gullible would catch on. The above scenario demonstrates the power of undetected selectivity. Once it is detected, it loses its power. There is a long history of selectivity in the reporting of images on the x-rays of the neck and torso of the late John F. Yet, this technique has been equally applied to other aspects of the murder, which I have illustrated.
The U. Government has gotten out of the business of answering these questions, having done so twice in and , with different answers. Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone and Jack Ruby acted alone when he killed Oswald in the basement of a police station two days later. Was there really a government coverup? No, although there was perhaps excessive secrecy and a desire to avoid inflaming the situation given Oswald's Communist background.
Are there any smoking guns in the new records? No not that it is necessary to actually read them to discover this. Will we ever know what happened? The Warren Commission figured it out in , but irresponsible "conspiracy theorists" have misled a public all too willing to believe that such a larger-than-life figure as Kennedy could not be brought down by a single disturbed loner. Does it matter anymore? Hey, it was almost 40 years ago. Get a life! Note how these points echo through every bit of information put out by the anti-conspiracists- a group that, in comparison to the pro-conspiracists, are as homogeneous as milk.
Later on some more questions of merit are pointed out:. Other aspects of coverup are so overt and open that they often escape comment. An honest and aggressive investigation would have immediately hauled Ruby to Washington for several days of grilling. Instead, the Commission put off interviewing Ruby until June 7, , when chapters of the Warren Report were already being drafted and edited.
During his single interview, held in a jail cell in Dallas, Ruby begged several times to be taken to Washington where he could speak more freely. Ruby said at one point: "Gentlemen, unless you get me to Washington, you can't get a fair shake out of me. As Warren noted: "And I wish we had gotten here a little sooner after your trial was over, but I know you had other things on your mind, and we had other work, and it got to this late date.
Members of the general public, like the journalists and pundits who mostly live on the other side of the fault line, are not particularly well-versed on the particulars of the assassination. In both cases, shared assumptions and general belief systems matter more than detailed arguments over facts and evidence. In defense of the general public's belief in conspiracy, it can be argued that the populace "smells a rat" for many very good reasons, including basic commonsense ones like Jack Ruby's shooting of Oswald.
In defense of the elite opinion, the Warren Report and modern versions of it such as Case Closed seem to effectively debunk many of the conspiracy arguments. The emphasis here is on the word "seem. Also, many of the arguments which seem so effective ultimately devolve to appeals to authority, and rely on the assumption that those in law enforcement and high political positions would not lie about such important matters.
This is an issue of belief more than provable fact, and there is good reason to doubt its truth in many instances. Any serious investigation of the Kennedy assassination quickly becomes an adventure in epistemology—the issue quickly becomes not "what does the evidence say" but "how do we know what we know? But there is a paucity of such evidence to begin with, much of it having mysteriously disappeared. Furthermore, legal traditions and common sense dictate that there be a "chain of possession" for such evidence, in order that the veracity of the physical evidence be upheld.
But most of the primary physical evidence in this case has no such chain of possession, or is of suspect origin in the first place. The "magic bullet," for instance, tied to Oswald's rifle to the exclusion of all others by its rifling marks, was found in Parkland hospital well after the shooting. It was found on a stretcher near some elevators by a hospital employee.
The Warren Commission asserted that the stretcher was Governor Connally's, but more detailed analyses have shown it was probably that of a patient unrelated to the shootings. The bullet is slightly flattened at the base but otherwise unmangled, and looks remarkably similar to test bullets fired into tubes of cotton. In other words, it has all the earkmarks of a "plant," and the scene of confusion at Parkland Hospital provided ample opportunity.
And what about the societal and historical view of the assassination, that which appears in history textbooks, encyclopedias, articles in the New York Times, or any other indicator of official opinion? These, with a few exceptions, have remained strikingly free of the grim reality which has come pouring out over the decades. Microsoft Encarta, based on the Funk and Wagnalls encyclopedia, contains this in its brief description of the JFK assassination: "two shots were fired Kennedy fell forward First, the Warren Commission found that three shots were fired there may have been more, but there certainly weren't less.
Second, the Zapruder film shows unequivocally that Kennedy fell backward rather than forward. That such mis-information appears in encyclopedias to this day is hardly a good omen for the future. So who did kill JFK? The short and easy answer is that we do not know, the crime having never been honestly investigated by those who had, at least in theory, the judicial power to get to the bottom of it. That failure is a bitter legacy from which there is no escape….
What follows, it should be obvious, is one person's overview analysis of the historical record; others can and do vehemently disagree. Lee Oswald - It was proven long ago that one man did not fire all the shots in Dealey Plaza that Friday afternoon in Dallas. More than three decades of additional information has only confirmed this judgment, despite the ferocity with which it is still held in some quarters. This is not to say that Oswald was necessarily an innocent patsy—it seems quite possible that he was part of the murder plot.
That too is uncertain. Oswald remains a true enigma, in many ways the most mysterious figure of the assassination landscape. Oswald remains a mystery, despite the attempts to flatten him into two-dimensional cartoons, whether that of the Crazy Marxist of the James Bond CIA Spy. The truth is likely stranger and more complex than either caricature, and may never be untangled. Yet he asserts that it was proven long ago that there was more than 1 gunman. Unfortunately, as noted previously, too much corroborating evidence is not around anymore. There are indeed some mysteries related to Oswald's sojourn in the Soviet Union, and the Soviet defector Nosenko who came to America in with the untrue story that the KGB never had any interest in Oswald.
But why the Soviet government would want to kill Kennedy, other than to fulfill its reputation as the Evil Empire, has never been clear. In any case, the tapped phone calls in which Oswald was impersonated shatter any such notion. It is very unlikely, to say the least, that the KGB would fake evidence of an incriminating contact between Oswald and one of their assassination experts.
The episode instead smacks of, as Katzenbach wrote in his memo, "a right-wing conspiracy to blame it on the Communists. This is probably true, since any link to murder may have provoked Armageddon. Fidel Castro - While the public reports generated by the investigations have been careful not to point the finger at Cuba's Fidel Castro, behind the scenes a great deal of attention has been focused there.
Tapped phone lines produced ambiguous but sinister information. Dissecting this and related evidence is well outside the scope of this essay, and will instead be treated under essays in the topic The Framing of Oswald. It is this author's strong view that the connection is ultimately false and indeed a setup, and has been used effectively to throw off track the various investigations, particularly the Schweiker subcommittee of the Church Committee.
The Mafia - The books promoting the "organized crime hit" theory are generally uncompelling to this writer, crystallized in the absurd depiction of a Mafia chieftain lamenting to near-stranger Edward Becker "Take the stone out of my shoe! Rather than an organized crime hit, what seems more likely is a new use by CIA officers or agents of an existing relationship. The choice of the "hoodlum" Ruby to silence Oswald is perhaps a classic case of the use of "cutouts" to keep suspicion away from an operation's ultimate sponsors. As Peter Dale Scott has noted, Ruby's connections are broader than just the mob in other ways, extending via his Teamsters contacts into the political realm.
To me, most people who blithely dismiss the Mafia as a source of the JFK killing do not fundamentally understand the organized crime mentality.
I will go on about that a bit later, but consider that since the end of Prohibition Organized Crime enjoyed almost 3 decades of unparalleled freedom to engage in illegalities. The RFK investigations smacked of betrayal by the scion of a man the Mafia made 1 of the 10 richest men in America, at 1 time. But, that the Mafia acted alone is not likely. The Mafia also saw JFK as a weakling who could not even take out Castro- a man who cost the mob billions in illegal revenue annually.
Weakness is a despicable trait in Mafia circles. The use of JR as a beard also seems quite possible, as he was in debt to Mafia figures for his very livelihood. Plus, unlike the young healthy LHO. JR was less likely to go pigeon on them, as he already knew he was dying of cancer. So there was no need to silence the silencer. Anti-Castro Exiles - Another group known to hate President Kennedy were the anti-Castro exiles, for whom Kennedy's failure to provide support during the Bay of Pigs invasion was unforgivable. Oswald's summer in New Orleans put him in contact with members of exile groups, including DRE member Carlos Bringuier, who engaged Oswald in a possibly-staged fracas.
The story of Sylvia Odio remains unresolved, as well. Odio, daughter of an imprisoned anti-Castro Cuban, told the Warren Commission that three men came to her door one evening in September , two of them Latins and the third Lee Harvey Oswald. One of the men told her on the phone the next day that Oswald was "loco" and wanted to kill Kennedy. These and other stories possibly implicating anti-Castro Cubans have never been satisfactorily resolved.
But even if members of these groups were involved with Oswald, or with the setup of Oswald, they hardly had the power or knowledge to conduct sophisticated operations like the Mexico City frameup. At most, such groups would have been working under the direction of their CIA handlers, who included among them David Phillips or Howard Hunt. Lyndon Johnson - Que bono? Who benefits?
The fact that Lyndon Johnson came from Texas provided for some an immediate circumstantial case for his involvement in the murder of his predecessor. Nearly forty years of subsequent research has never answered this question one way or another.
Certainly it is true that Johnson was aware that the Oswald lone-nut story was untrue—he said so many times, including in a conversation with Warren Commissioner Richard Russell on the eve of the Warren Report's publication. But Johnson nonetheless used the false Communist conspiracy evidence to press Earl Warren onto the Commission against his will, as Warren noted in his memoirs and as evidence in LBJ's November 29 phone call with Richard Russell. Johnson played an active early role in the coverup, but the charge that he was involved in the murder remains speculation.
Doesn't register with you, does it? Wealthy oilman H. Hunt, whose son had met with Ruby just prior to the assassination, went into hiding for a time after the Kennedy murder. A locally-based right-wing plot, by itself doesn't begin to explain the sophisticated setup of Oswald in New Orleans and Mexico City. To the extent, however, that right-wing figures were enmeshed in the broader anti-Kennedy political landscape, their involvement seems much more plausible. But, as stated, they were probably marginal figures used by people with greater power. An entire book, Spy Saga by Dr.
Philip Melanson, explored many of the reasons for this conclusion.
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The release of Oswald's CIA "" file shows that the CIA had a much more active pre-assassination interest in Oswald than previously admitted, and anomalies in the record add to, rather than reduce, the mystery of Oswald's intelligence connections. John Newman's Oswald and the CIA explores some of the new revelations in the documentary record released in the s. In fact, it raises the likelihood that this association is what led to his selection as a "patsy.
In any case, the CIA as an organization, vast as it is, is hardly a credible suspect in the assassination per se. But individual officers, and possibly a powerful cabal of them as opposed to merely a few "rogue" agents, may very well have been part of the plot. More importantly, the pre-assassination activities of some of these persons and the handling of the "Oswald" telephone taps has never been adequately explained. This includes the actions of counterintelligence officers in CIA headquarters, who opened the file on a Lee "Henry" Oswald and created the deceitful October cables reporting falsely on the Oswald Embassy contacts.
The CIA has lied for over 35 years about the taped Embassy phone calls, and its story of why a photograph of Oswald in Mexico City was never obtained by its photographic surveillance is hard to believe. This photographic surveillance became known to the Warren Commission, though only because Oswald's mother Marguerite complained loudly that she had been shown a picture of Jack Ruby before Ruby killed her son. The identity of this person has never been determined, and the CIA expressed great concern about the Warren Commission's plan to publish the photo, even with the background cut out.
One CIA memo even suggested that the face of the man might be altered in the published photo. If this idea was really promoted to protect the identity of an innocent bystander, it shows a touching sensitivity in an agency otherwise involved in larger matters such as overthrowing foreign governments. The stories of the telephone taps, photographic surveillance, the interrogation and handling of various Mexico City witnesses, and CIA files on Oswald, are far too complex to discuss adequately here—see The Framing of Oswald topic.
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