Assassin spoke to KGB before murder: New secret documents on the Kennedy assassination attempt

Washington – It is a murder case around which conspiracy theories entwine and for which many details are still under lock and key: the fatal shot of the former US President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The murder caused astonishment worldwide!

The US government has now released numerous other documents relating to the Kennedy assassination that were previously kept under lock and key.

The nearly 1500 documents of the US foreign intelligence service CIA and the federal police FBI were on Wednesday at the National Archives website published in the USA. They show the extent of the efforts of the US investigators to find possible accomplices or clients of the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

Possible connections to secret services of the Soviet Union, communist groups in Africa and the Italian mafia were examined. The documents also show how the United States spied on Fidel Castro’s communist government in Cuba, with which Oswald was in contact and whose overthrow was a goal of Kennedy.

Spicy: The documents that have now been released contain CIA transcripts in which it was recorded in detail how assassin Oswald visited the Soviet and Cuban embassies in Mexico City.

The Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald during the identification service at a police station after his arrestPhoto: The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Images

In the days following the assassination, intelligence officials discussed the possibility of a Cuban involvement in the Kennedy assassination.

One of the CIA papers describes how the shooter Oswald called the Soviet embassy in Mexico City to apply for a visa for the Soviet Union. He visited the Cuban embassy because he wanted to travel to the communist country on a tourist visa and, according to the documents, wanted to continue flying from there to the Soviet Union.

90 seconds after this photo, John F. Kennedy was dead: then US President John F. Kennedy with his wife Jackie Kennedy before the fatal shot

90 seconds after this photo, John F. Kennedy was dead: then US President John F. Kennedy with his wife Jackie Kennedy before the fatal shotPhoto: REUTERS

On October 3, more than a month before the attack, he drove back to the United States from Mexico via a border crossing in Texas.

In a document relating to a telephone call made by the later assassin, a secret service evaluator stated: “4. October 1962. Oswald speaks in broken Spanish, then in English. He says hello. Visa to Russia. I would like a visa to travel to Russia. “

The CIA records show very precisely how the Americans recorded in detail who, among other things, from the Soviet side exchanged what and when with Oswald. Agents also appear to have taken photos of people entering the Soviet embassy in Mexico City.

Assassin spoke to KGB agents before the murder

Another intelligence protocol, dated the day after Kennedy’s murder, says that, according to an intercepted phone call in Mexico City, Oswald was communicating with a KGB officer identified by the authorities when he was at the Soviet embassy in September.

The US Democrat Kennedy was fatally shot while driving in an open car in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Numerous conspiracy theories have grown up around the assassination attempt on the charismatic president, which caused astonishment around the world.

An excerpt from a now published document showing the events in Mexico City at the time

An excerpt from a now published document describing the events in Mexico City at the time. CIA intelligence officials noted how assassin Oswald sought a Russia visaPhoto: The National Archives

An official investigation after Kennedy’s death came to the conclusion that he was shot by the lone perpetrator Oswald, who in turn was killed two days later by the nightclub owner Jack Ruby. The version was repeatedly questioned by conspiracy theorists in front of all.

The discussion about the background to the assassination attempt on Kennedy flared up through the 1991 film “JFK – Tatort Dallas” by US director Oliver Stone. In the following year, a law ordered the publication of almost all documents on Kennedy’s death – a total of more than five million pages – within 25 years, i.e. by 2017. Exceptions are possible for reasons of national security.

Former US President Donald Trump released more than 53,000 documents in seven parts. According to the National Archives, this corresponds to 88 percent of all documents. Thousands of other documents remained under lock and key, with references to national security.

Trump’s successor Joe Biden also postponed the publication of documents in order to avoid “damage to the military defense, intelligence operations, police work or foreign policy”.


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