New Documents Released About the Kennedy Assassination


President Kennedy before his assassination

From multiple gunmen to a CIA funded assassination plan, here’s what was learned from the new JFK files.

Over the past few days people have slowly been combing over the newly released documents about the Kennedy Assassination, required by law to be released October 26th. 2800 pages have been released to the public and give new details about Lee Harvey Oswald and the government cover-up after the assassination.

For a quick recap, Lee Harvey Oswald was the man who shot Kennedy. He was later arrested by the government and died in custody so his testimony was never heard.

Following Oswald’s death, the government started an investigation into what happened, although some details leaked to the public a majority of information was kept secret and led people to wonder what happened November 22nd, 1963. Although many had hoped for a full release of documents, the government elected for a 180-day buffer for more review. For now, historians and conspirators have to be content with what they have.

Interestingly a lot of the documents released form the National Archives are not about the assassination but about Kennedy and his life. For example the U.S. government was deeply interested in the assassination of Fidel Castro, the dictator of Cuba. Not only did the U.S government try to kill him through the CIA, the bay of Pigs invasion, and 681 other plans to kill him, they also tried to hire people in the mafia to do their dirty work. The CIA offered Chicago mob boss Sam “Momo” Giancana and his top lieutenant John Rosselli over $100,000 to give the Cuban leader a poison pill, although they denied payment. The mob boss did collect at least $11,000 for expenses. The U.S. government never successfully assassinated Fidel Castro and he died naturally at age 90. “If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal,” he said.

Although some had hoped for a great conspiracy to become unmasked, unfortunately there was nothing insanely surprising in the newly released files. The documents all generally point to what the U.S. government has declared the official explanation for the Kennedy assassinations. Lee Harvey Oswald shot John F. Kennedy and before telling anyone why, he was shot by Jack Ruby who wanted to put Oswald to Justice. Although this is what most of the documents tell us there are some strange outliers published by the National Archives. 

The Russians thought Lyndon B. Johnson was responsible for the assassination.

FBI source claimed KGB had data indicating LBJ was responsible for assassination of JFK. A memo sent from J Edgar Hoover to the White in 1966 includes material from the Soviet Union theorizing that the United States Gov. had Kennedy killed.

America’s ‘ultraright’: “According to our source, officials of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union believed there was some well-organized conspiracy on the part of the ‘ultraright’ in the United States to effect a ‘coup.’ They seem convinced that the assassination was not the deed of one man, but that it arose out of a carefully planned campaign in which several people played a part.”

Fears of a rogue general: “Our source further stated that Soviet officials were fearful that without leadership, some irresponsible general in the United States might launch a missile at the Soviet Union.”

Finally, the paper ends by saying, “Our source added that in the instructions from Moscow, it was indicated that ‘now’ the KGB was in possession of data purporting to indicate President Johnson was responsible for the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy.”

LBJ told people JFK was shot for the assassination of President Diem

CIA Director said LBJ used to say JFK was murdered as payback for assassinating President Diem of Vietnam. Director Heims during one of his depositions said “President Johnson used to go around saying that the reason President Kennedy was assassinated was that he had assassinated President Diem of Vietnam and this was just justice.

The Answer that was never revealed

Finally, the last strange, or mysterious part of the Kennedy Assassination records reveal a deposition given before the presidential Commission on CIA Activities in 1975 by Richard Helms, previously the director of the agency. David Belin, an attorney for the commission, asked whether the CIA was involved in Kennedy’s killing.

“Well, now, the final area of my investigation relates to charges that the CIA was in some way conspiratorially involved with the assassination of President Kennedy. During the time of the Warren Commission, you were Deputy Director of Plans, is that correct?” Belin asked.

After Heims replied “yes”, Belin then asked: “Is there any information involved with the assassination of President Kennedy which in any way shows that Lee Harvey Oswald was in some way a CIA agent or agent…”

Then, suddenly, the document cuts off. It is unclear whether or not there is more to this document but it could be the answer to the conspiracies about Kennedy.

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