In a book, to be released on July 9th, author Brian Latell, reveals secret information, Cuban connections, and an ill-informed Warren Commission. He speaks of Oswald, Kennedy, and the CIA.
Latell was a CIA analyst, and the CIA’s national intelligence officer for Latin America from 1990 to 1994. He tells of Oswald’s connection with Cuba’s intelligence agency, and how the CIA knew about it, but failed to inform the Warren Commission.
The Cuban intelligence agency also hid the fact that they were involved with Oswald. However, he is not indicating that Havana had any connections with Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of President Kennedy. He believes Oswald performed the dastardly act in an attempt to impress Fidel Castro.
“I am now convinced that Oswald was engaged with the Cubans,” Latell told Reuters.
“I’m convinced he wanted to defect to Cuba,” Latell said. “He loved Cuba and Castro, and wanted to join the revolution.”
Latell’s book is revised from an original manuscript about Cuban intelligence. After reading the memoirs of Thomas Mann, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico at the time of the assassination, conversations with a former Cuban intelligence agent, and examining declassified government documents, Latell is convinced that Oswald was involved with the Cubans, and the CIA knew about it.
Mann’s memoirs may finally clear up a question that was never answered to the satisfaction of the American people, but for unknown reasons accepted as inconsequential by the Warren Commission. What was Oswald doing in Mexico just seven weeks before the November 22, 1963 assassination?
Cuba had declined Oswald a visa to visit Havana. When he traveled to Mexico, he stayed at Hotel del Comercio in Mexico City, known by the CIA to be a haven for Cuban spies in Mexico working for the DGI, Havana’s national intelligence agency. This agency was Castro’s personal ‘spy company.’
Mann had learned this information from a CIA section chief in Mexico. He dutifully reported it to Washington, but was ordered by the United States State Department to ‘cease all inquiries into Oswald’s stay in Mexico.’
Although he was angry, he acquiesced to the State Department, his superiors.
“In the week after the assassination Mann was convinced Cuba was involved. He was convinced Oswald was working for the Cubans at the hotel,” Latell said.
“He started getting very aggressive and upsetting apple carts in Washington.” Mann was reposted from Mexico, a month after Kennedy was assassinated.
Records prove that Oswald attempted to contact the Cubans as early as 1959 in Los Angeles.
Although Castro denied that he had any knowledge of Oswald, records and events tell otherwise. A CIA wiretap on the phones in Mexico, communicating with Havana shortly after the assassination, revealed the DGI discussing the events in Dallas. During the conversation, one of the men discussed how interesting it was that Oswald wanted to fight for the revolution. Latell suggests that they could not have known such information unless they already had a file on him.
Furthermore, in an interview with a Cuban agent, he was told to ‘focus all of his attention on November 22nd on Dallas.’ “Castro knew Kennedy was to be fired upon,” Latell says the agent told him.
Latell maintains that if Cuba had prior knowledge that an attempt on the life of the President of the United States was to take place, an invasion of Cuba would have been imminent.
He further claims that Lyndon Johnson did not want another Cuban conflict so soon after the missile crisis. The CIA squelched the information.
Once again, the book comes out tomorrow, July 9th. It is a tale of Oswald, Kennedy, and the CIA.
Alfred James reporting