NEW DOCUMENTARY: Who Really Killed Kennedy?
… A second investigation years later, by a congressional
committee, reported that there had “probably” been two snipers
â€” one of them Oswald â€” and thus a conspiracy. As with the Warren
commission, the committee said that it found no evidence to implicate Cuba.
The German documentary, aired for the first time last
night by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, claims to have found such evidence. Wilfried
Huismann, an award-winning film-maker, presented a chilling scenario.
On July 18, 1962, soon after Oswald’s return
to America from the Soviet Union, Vladimir Kryuchkov, a future KGB chief,
sent a telegram about Oswald to the head of Cuban intelligence, Comandante
Ramiro Valdes. Though Oswald was “unstable”, he said, the Cubans
should take a look at him.
SeÃ±or Valdes’ staff did as their Soviet
counterparts suggested, and had their first contact with Oswald in November,
a few weeks after the Cuban missile crisis. More contacts followed â€”
directed, according to the documentary, by Rolando Cubela, then a trusted
Castro associate. Oswald was supplied with modest sums of money, and acquired
a file at Havana headquarters in a section assigned to “Foreign Collaborators”.
The pivotal encounter, the episode most incriminating
to the Cubans, took place less than two months before the assassination. FabiÃ¡n
Escalante, a future chief of intelligence, and his nephew AnÃbal, the
son of a former president of the Cuban Communist Party, are named in the programme
as having met Oswald.
The young American said that he wanted to become a
“soldier of the Revolution”. To prove it he would kill Kennedy.
He was supposedly twice observed in the Cuban Embassy’s garage â€”
a location chosen because the Cubans knew the offices and corridors of their
diplomatic mission were riddled with CIA bugs and hopelessly insecure â€”
with another agent of State Security, a tall, thin, black man called CÃ©sar
Morales Mesa. He allegedly paid Oswald the less than princely sum of $6,500.
On November 22, 1963, after Kennedy was killed, the
Cubans abandoned Oswald to his fate. He had been given certain assurances,
presumably of a safe haven, but these were now forgotten. Oswald was arrested
by Dallas police, but was shot dead by Jack Ruby, a local nightclub owner
while being transferred to the county jail. …
A German television documentary is claiming to have put the case
together, which links Castro with Oswald and also establishes that he killed
Kennedy for $6,500.
Obviously, I can't speak
to it after simply reading the article, but it's very interesting. I've been
studying John F. Kennedy since I was a kid, as many readers know. My political
show is entitled “Weeping for JFK.” So, whenever I find new writings
or theories about Kennedy it's impossible not to investigate.
Will American audiences see the documentary? Doesn't look like
it so far.
The common theory among most is that the mob, due to Bobby Kennedy's
zealotry, killed JFK out of revenge. After all, it was the mob in West Virginia,
not Illinois, that helped put Kennedy over the top in 1960. In fact, back then,
a Catholic getting elected in West Virginia was seen as near impossible. Thanks
to Daddy Joe and the mob, with a little help from Frank Sinatra, the JFK team
pulled it off. However, many believe even this theory to be bogus, due to FBI
surveillance records that have recently been release. I'm still not convinced.
Gerald Posner's Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination
of JFK, has changed many minds to the theory that Oswald acted alone. I'm
an amateur compared to investigative Gerald Posner, who has delved
extensively into every aspect, but I remain a skeptic.
Many years ago, in my youth, I attended John F. Kennedy seminars
conducted by Mark Lane, who convinced me that the Kennedy assassination could
not have possibly been done by a lone wolf like Oswald. However, Lane was definitely
in the Oliver Stone category of conspiracy theorists, which is a little wild
for me to accept today.
After studying Arlen Specter's single bullet theory, I found it
totally ludicrous, as does my weapons expert husband.
Morley of the Washington Post has much more on this story, which
he's covered for decades.
The rational reader is confronted by the
paradox that while plenty of wacko theories circulate on the Internet, a good-faith
parsing of the evidence can still yield reasonable doubt. After all, many
people in high places concluded that JFK had been ambushed by his enemies.
Lyndon B. Johnson, for one, never believed that Oswald acted alone;
he suspected Cuba's Fidel Castro had retaliated for CIA efforts to kill him.
House Speaker Tip O'Neill said that JFK aide Kenneth O'Donnell had
told him in 1968 that “he had heard two shots” from the “grassy
knoll.” Conspiratorial fears found support in 1979 when the
House Select Committee on Assassinations, led by former federal prosecutor
G. Robert Blakey, concluded that JFK had been killed by unidentifiable conspirators.
Former cabinet secretary Joseph Califano, intimately involved in JFK's Cuba
policy, wrote in his autobiography that he had “come to share LBJ's view”
that Oswald was not a loner.
In 1997 it was revealed that Bobby and Jacqueline Kennedy
believed there was a conspiracy in Dallas.
Theories, by Jefferson Morley
But Jefferson Morley didn't just do the research, he filed a Freedom
of Information Act lawsuit to get the documents.
It is disappointing to learn that
the Central Intelligence Agency filed motions in federal court in May 2005
to block disclosure of records related to the assassination of President John
F. Kennedy forty-one years ago.
In response to the journalist
Jefferson Morley's lawsuit brought under the Freedom of Information Act, the
CIA is seek-ing to prevent release of records about a deceased CIA operations
officer named George E. Joannides.
Joannides's story is clearly of substantial
historical interest. CIA records show that the New Orleans chapter of a Cuban
exile group that Joannides guided and monitored in Miami had a series of encounters
with the accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald three months before Kennedy was
murdered. Fifteen years later, Joannides also served as the agency's liaison
to the House Select Committee on Assassinations. He did not disclose his role
in the events of 1963 to Congress. The public record of the assassination
and its confused investigatory aftermath will not be complete without his
The spirit of the law is clear. The JFK Records
Act of 1992, approved unanimously by Congress, mandated that all assassination-related
records be reviewed and disclosed “immediately.”
There is no conclusive proof of a conspiracy and never has been,
which Gerald Posner drew out to a definitive conclusion in his book, which garnered
much praise and changed a lot of minds.
However, there are just too many oddities that add up to the possibility
there was a conspiracy. That's where I remain, but the bottom line is that we'll
likely never know for sure, especially since our government doesn't want us