Tuesday, October 6, 2015

CIA Memo: Lee Harvey Oswald visited embassies in Cuba and the Soviet Union

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Declassified CIA memo reveals Lee Harvey Oswald visited... Daily Mail Sep 16, 2015 - Lee Harvey Oswald visited embassies in Cuba and the Soviet Union to plot  his escape before assassinating President John F Kennedy, declassified documents reveal. The bombshell news was disclosed to Lyndon B Johnson three days after the shooting in Dallas, Texas, on November 22 1963. But it has remained a secret until today, when the CIA released 19,000 confidential documents from the 1960s.

... In Washington, a senior FBI official responded to one version of the CIA's benign assessment by taking Oswald's name off an "alert" list of people of special interest to the Bureau. Thanks to the CIA, the U.S. government relaxed its surveillance of Oswald in the same week that he made his way to Dallas.

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The Career of Lee Harvey Oswald : The JFK Assassination

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22 November 1963: A Brief Guide to the JFK Assassination. Find out more ... Lee Oswald moved to New Orleans in April 1963, ostensibly to find work. .... See John Newman, Oswald and the CIA , Carroll and Graf, 1995, pp.169–73, 182–90.

Oswald 201 File (201-289248) - Mary Ferrell Foundation

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fter the assassination, this file became a repository for much of the CIA's investigative work, .... AMMUG/1 INFORMATION ON LEE HARVEY OSWALD .... FEELING HE IS NOT FULLY ENOUGH BRIEFED ON OSWALD/RUBENSTEIN CASES

Declassified CIA memo reveals Lee Harvey Oswald visited...

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Sep 16, 2015 - Lee Harvey Oswald visited embassies in Cuba and the Soviet Union to plot .... was assassinated in Dallas, the CIA published a second briefLee Harvey Oswald visited embassies in Cuba and the Soviet Union to plot his escape before assassinating President John F Kennedy, declassified documents reveal.
The bombshell news was disclosed to Lyndon B Johnson three days after the shooting in Dallas, Texas, on November 22 1963.
But it has remained a secret until today, when the CIA released 19,000 confidential documents from the 1960s.

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It’s easy to reach wrong conclusions about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination based on a 1963 CIA document released this month.

Among 2,500 declassified Top Secret CIA Presidential Daily Briefings (“PDBs”) released Sept. 16 is a briefing stating that Kennedy’s accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald visited two Communist embassies in Mexico City six weeks before he allegedly shot Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. We reported the overall document dump Sept. 27 in a routine summary story that has already received nearly two thousand website hits. Today, we drill down on the document that has received the most JFK and the Unspeakable by James Douglass coverattention so far nationally.

The CIA assertion provided a news peg for a Washington Times story this month headlined, CIA confirmed Oswald contacted Cubans, Soviets before assassination, memo shows. Reporter Kellan Howell wrote, “According to the Nov. 25, 1963 briefing, Oswald — a former U.S. Marine who defected to the Soviet Union in 1959 — visited both the Cuban and Soviet embassies on Sept. 28, 1963.”

The Times reporter, busy also preparing an advance story for the GOP presidential debate that evening, used the CIA document to imply the conventional story line. The official story was, as summarized in the Warren Commission report in 1964: that Oswald was a Communist sympathizer who killed the American president for reasons associated with Cold War animosities. The reporter’s brief story this month promptly received nearly one thousand reader comments and some 2,500 “likes” on Facebook, thereby illustrating the public’s ongoing thirst for knowledge about the crime of the century.

But the newspaper failed to explore strong evidence that the official CIA report on Oswald, made to Kennedy’s presidential successor Lyndon B. Johnson, was at best incomplete, confusing, and otherwise unreliable.

Less charitably, the newly released CIA document can also be interpreted as being evidence of a suspected plan by federal authorities to implicate frame their operative Oswald in Communist and otherwise suspicious activities in the months before the assassination so that he would become a convenient patsy for Kennedy’s murder by others.

The Warren Commission asserted in 1964 that Oswald visited Mexico City from Sept. 27 to Oct. 2 and undertook activities there that showed his pro-Communist and anti-American mind-set.

But the seven-member commission and its investigators disregarded significant questions about whether Oswald undertook his suspicious “anti-American activities” as an undercover federal agent playing a role. Oswald began his career as a Marine and held a high-level secrecy clearance because he worked at the Atsugi Air Force base in Japan on the secret U-2 spy plane overflights of the Soviet Union and China. He defected to the Soviet Union after learning to speak Russian in the Marines, but developed extensive contacts with CIA, FBI, and military personnel upon his return. After his arrest in 1963, he tried unsuccessfully to phone Nags Head, North Carolina, the location of the military’s secret “false defector” program training personnel to defect and act as double agents.

Some scholars, including James Douglass in his 2008 best-seller JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, argue that the CIA and allied authorities sought to use imposters and false paperwork to create suspicions of pro-Communist and erratic behavior by Oswald to help confirm his guilt in the public mind after the assassination. Remember the title of the Douglass book. As explained below, the word “unspeakable” is relevant to the Pope Francis address to Congress last week and to each U.S. citizen.

Beyond such questions about the JFK assassination, the debate this month over the CIA’s 1963 PDB on Oswald illustrates why official documents are not always accurate even when they describe, as here, secrets never expected to become public.

Therefore, those relying on such research should always regard such documents as a tool but not necessarily the truth.

Faked Oswald Photos?

The Washington Times story failed to mention at least two major pieces of evidence directly discrediting the CIA’s Nov. 25 PDB for Johnson, the Texas-reared vice president who assumed the nation’s top office Nov. 22 after JFK’s death.

Mexico City Lee Harvey Oswald

First, CIA surveillance photos of the balding, heavyset man visiting the Soviet embassy (shown above and included in the 1964 Warren Report exhibits) suggest that he was not Oswald, whose photo is below left on his visa application to Cuba from that period. Jefferson Morley authored the biography Our Man in Mexico on the career of the CIA’s Mexico City Bureau Chief Winfield Scott. Morley flatly states in his book that Scott, the powerful CIA bureau chief from 1956 to 1969, mistakenly thought “the Lee Harvey Oswald Cuba Passport applicationMystery Man” leaving the Soviet Embassy on Oct. 1 was Oswald. So, Scott reported that finding to the CIA, which included that information (with an apparently mistaken date) in the PDB sent to the new president Nov. 25.

Second, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover told Johnson on Nov. 25, according to now-declassified records, that FBI voice tests indicated that Oswald did not make the phone calls that the CIA claimed Oswald had made in Mexico City to set up appointments at the embassies. That’s correct: The FBI was contradicting the CIA, and no one disclosed the contradiction to the public.

The reasons are tangled. But they can be summarized this way, thanks to scholarly study: Hoover (shown below right in a 1967 portrait) and his FBI competed fiercely with the CIA, while also cooperating on some matters. Kennedy had forced out the CIA’s top three officials in 1961 in fury over their war-mongering behavior. Kennedy was planning also to oust Hoover, who hated both the president and his brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Hoover’s nominal boss at the Justice Department.

With a new president in office, Hoover doubtless wanted to show off on Nov. 25 his insider knowledge, his willingness to help Johnson, and the kind of mistakes and over-reaching that the rival CIA was making. It helped that Johnson was Hoover’s close political ally and neighbor. For years, they had lived across a street from one another in the capital’s northwest section.

After Hoover made his point his FBI conveniently lost the suspected phony “Oswald” audiotapes discrediting the CIA. The CIA also lost key evidence regarding Mexico City. Then, the FBI promptly authored an 800-page report in early December 1963 confirming what Hoover told the president on the day of the assassination: that Oswald killed Kennedy and a Dallas policeman, J.D. Tippet, and acted alone in doing so. Johnson told his eminent recruits for the Warren Commission they merely needed to confirm Hoover’s FBI report. Thus, the busy commissioners participated in few of the witness examinations of their supposed probe, which was tightly controlled by staff focused almost solely on evidence that could portray Oswald as guilty.


But even the Warren Commission hand-picked by Johnson with a mandate to blame Oswald could not cite the FBI’s 800-page report in its 26-book report issued in September 1964. In the report and followup, Hoover and his staff stubbornly insisted that all three “Oswald” shots hit Kennedy. But that failed to explain how a shot discovered in March 1964 to have wounded a bystander could be reconciled with an Oswald-only crime using a bolt-action rifle in a seven-second time-frame.

The commission, leaning heavily on staffer Arlen Specter, the future U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, then adopted a theory that one bullet changed direction multiple times and created multiple wounds, including through bone. The bullet emerged in near-pristine condition on a hospital gurney even though Texas Gov. John Connally, shot at the same time as JFK, insisted (as did experienced Dallas hospital personnel) that some bullet fragments were found during Connally’s treatment and also remained in his body.


Soviet-bloc defector sheds light on new JFK document
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Sep 20, 2015 - CIA surveillance photo of “Lee Harvey Oswald” outside Soviet embassy... told WND he believes the CIA briefing-book release provides further ...

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NEW YORK – The CIA’s release Wednesday of a Presidential Daily Briefing given to President Lyndon B. Johnson four days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has renewed controversy over a trip Lee Harvey Oswald made to Mexico two months before the assassination.

The key paragraph confirmed press stories reporting Oswald visited both the Cuban and Soviet embassies in Mexico City on Sept. 8, 1963, in an attempt to arrange a visa to travel to the Soviet Union by way of Havana, Cuba.

The CIA has insisted since the assassination that Oswald visited the Soviet embassy in Mexico City in September 1963, but the agency has never been able to produce photographic evidence, even though the building was under photo surveillance at the time.

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Warren Commission exhibit
CIA surveillance photo of “Lee Harvey Oswald” outside Soviet embassy in Mexico City.

Jerome Corsi’s “Who Really Killed Kennedy?” presents stunning new revelations 50 years later.

The controversial photograph the Warren Commission published in Vol. XVI, labeled Commission Exhibit 237, identified a man the CIA photographed outside the embassy as Oswald, even though he bears no resemblance to the presumed assassin.

Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking defector from the former Eastern Bloc, told WND he believes the CIA briefing-book release provides further evidence the Soviet Union was responsible for killing Kennedy.

Pacepa, who was granted asylum in the United States by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, told WND in an email that the new CIA release confirms his theory that Lee Harvey Oswald was a KGB-trained assassin who returned to the United States with the mission of killing JFK.

“The CIA has been periodically releasing documents on the JFK assassination over the years, but this particular information was already in the Warren report,” Pacepa explained.


4 CIA officers who made a lethal mistake about Lee Harvey ...
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A handful of senior CIA officers were informed about the travels, contacts, and politics of Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before President Kennedy was killed and expressed no security concerns, according to a declassified CIA cable, Ideed when four CIA officers learned about Oswald in October 1963, they all signed off on a cable saying that he was “maturing.”(becoming less of a threat) Forty two days later, Oswald allegedly killed JFK in Dallas.

The names of the CIA officers who made this lethal mistake were Jane Roman, William J. Hood, Tom Karamessines, and John Whitten. All are deceased.

Their names appear on the once top-secret cable, dated October 10, 1963.

Did the CIA track Oswald before JFK was killed? - JFKfacts
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Feb 4, 2014 - These officials assured colleagues in the CIA and the FBI that Oswald was “maturing” and thus becoming less of a threat. This happened just ...

John Brennan and the CIA's Last JFK Secrets - Huffington Post
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The Huffington PostJan 11, 2013 - (Six weeks before JFK was killed, six top CIA officials signed off on a cable stating that Lee Harvey Oswald was "maturing.") This reassuring ...
 new JFK records go along way toward establishing a measure of historic accountability by providing a sobering new perspective on the causes of JFK's death. We now know that November 22, 1963 was a much more profound and preventable intelligence failure than U.S. national security agencies have ever acknowledged.

Contrary to what the Warren Commission told the American people in 1964, the CIA monitored the accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, constantly from October 1959 to October 1963. Indeed, one CIA cable -- not fully declassified until 2001-- shows that Oswald's travels, politics, and state of mind were the subject of discussion among senior agency officers just six weeks before JFK was killed. These officers (identified by name on the last page of the cable) concluded that Oswald was "maturing."

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(Six weeks before JFK was killed, six top CIA officials signed off on a cable stating that Lee Harvey Oswald was "maturing.")

This reassuring and inaccurate message kept the CIA's Mexico City station in the dark about the fact that Oswald had gone public with support for a pro-Castro group and had recently been arrested for fighting with anti-Castro exiles in New Orleans.

In Washington, a senior FBI official responded to one version of the CIA's benign assessment by taking Oswald's name off an "alert" list of people of special interest to the Bureau. Thanks to the CIA, the U.S. government relaxed its surveillance of Oswald in the same week that he made his way to Dallas.

Forty-four days later, JFK was shot dead, allegedly by the "maturing" Oswald.

Whether this cable embodies CIA incompetence or treachery is still a matter of debate. What is certain is that after JFK's death, CIA officials manipulated intelligence to plead a false ignorance about Oswald's travels and contacts. They relied on official secrecy to evade accountability and retain their positions of power. This same manipulation of intelligence and evasion of responsibility would recur at the CIA in the Iran-contra scandal of the 1980s and the run-up to the war in Iraq and its disastrous aftermath.


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Sep 17, 2015 - Politico included the November 25 briefing among “13 newly released ...CIA cable about one Lee Harvey Oswald, dated October 10, 1963.