After years of being hidden away in classified lockers, thousands of documents have been released to the public about the JFK assassination. Many conspiracy theorists believed they would get vindication for their ideas, but it seems like all these documents just create more questions. They have also revealed other programs and conspiracies our government was part of or knew about. Here are some of the best we are able to find so far.
11. A CIA and mafia plot to kill Fidel Castro
The CIA has always made some shady deals in the past, but this one is really up there. According to documents, the CIA had planned to use an intermediary to approach Sam Giancana, a widely known mobster, to pay him $150,000 to have someone go to Cuba and shoot Castro. There was also a later conversation about using a poison pill.
Next: Why the CIA never went through with it.
10. Bobby Kennedy steps in to put a stop to it
The plan obviously never went live, but that is only because Robert Kennedy stepped in. Then-Attorney General said that dealings like this would make it very difficult to prosecute Giancana in the future. This essentially put a stop to the CIA ever trying that sort of thing again… officially anyway.
Next: The FBI knew of a threat on Oswald’s life the day before he was killed.
9. A death threat on Lee Harvey Oswald the day before he was killed
Unsurprisingly, the day before Lee Harvey Oswald was gunned down by Jack Ruby, the FBI’s Dallas office received a phone call “from a man talking in a calm voice,” a document says. The man claimed to be working with a committee to assassinate Lee Harvey Oswald. The threat was taken seriously and was passed on to the Dallas police. Obviously, we know how that went, but just in case you didn’t know, Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby the next day.
Next: Hoover expressed concerns the public would believe the story that Oswald acted alone.
8. Hoover didn’t think the public would buy the story
In the documents released surrounding Oswald’s death, Hoover takes an apathetic tone to the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald. In it, Hoover says, “There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead.” However, Hoover does express concern about how the public would take the official account of what happened in the investigation and Oswald’s guilt.
Next: More plots to kill Castro
7. Operation Mongoose
In the days leading up to the murder of JFK, “Operation Mongoose” was brought up in a security council document. Operation Mongoose was the covert plan to topple the Cuban government. This involved the plans to Assassinate Castro as we had mentioned before. They also referenced a more complex plan where they would sabotage plain parts that were being produced in Canada and shipped to Cuba.
Next: Top officials believe the Assassination of JFK was retaliation for another operation we never did.
6. JFKs assassination was conspired by Vietnam?
In a released document from the Rockefeller Commission, a testimony from then-CIA Director Richard Helms in 1975 outlines a conspiracy theory held by Richard Nixon. Nixon believed that the coup and death of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem and that the CIA was responsible for the whole thing. Nixon asserted that the assassination of JFK was revenge for that act.
Next: Did America try to overthrow the South Vietnamese government?
5. Helms claims there was no involvement
Helms states in his testimony, “There is absolutely no evidence of this in the agency records and the whole thing has been, I mean rather — what is the word I want — heated by the fact that President Johnson used to go around saying that the reason President Kennedy was assassinated was that he had assassinated President Diem and this was just … justice.” Helms also points out that he has no idea where he got this idea from.
Next: One line in that document will surely fan the flames of many conspiracy theorists
4. Was Lee Harvey Oswald actually a CIA agent?
One conspiracy theory asserts that Oswald was an agent for the CIA and was ordered to kill JFK. That, the conspiracy theory says, is why he was assassinated shortly after JFK. the problem is that the CIA never acknowledged Oswald as an agent. This document will only bolster that belief because at the end of Helms testimony he is asked if Oswald was ever an agent of the CIA and the then the document just ends. WHERE’S THE MISSING PAGE, DONNY!?
Next: Was Oswald a Cuban asset?
3. Lee Harvey Oswald was linked to Cuban intelligence
In another document released, Oswald is shown to have connections with Cuban intelligence officials. In a cable from the FBI in 1967, Cuban officials were discussing the assassination of JFK. In that conversation, one official remarked that he must have been a good shot, to which the other replied: “oh, he was.” He was asked how he knew that and the suspected Cuban agent said “I knew him”
Next: Everyone had their own theories. Even the Soviets.
2. Soviets believed it was a well-organized conspiracy
In probably one of the most cliche of all the theories to come out of the JFK assassination, the Soviets had their own idea about how JFK was assassinated. They believed that the ultra-right was behind it in a successful power grab in an attempted coup of our government. The Church Committee obtained a document that was classified top secret that was sent to the White House by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. The memo outlines what the Soviets thought.
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.
Next: That could have been a little misdirection
1. Oswald was in contact with the KGB
In September of 1963, Oswald had a meeting with known KGB agent Valeriy Vladimirovich Kostikov at the Russian Embassy in Mexico City. The document outlines that they knew of this because of an intercepted call in October of 1963 in which Oswald spoke “broken Russian.” The document points out that Oswald may have been attempting to get a visa or a passport.
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