Recently discharged records about the death of President John F. Kennedy have uncovered some hidden secrets that have been concealed for half a century. United States President Donald Trump, on Oct. 21, 2017, expressed on his Twitter account that he will permit the release of the rest of the archives. He tweeted, “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long-blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.”
The Assassination Records Collection Act
The Assassination Records Collection Act requires that every death record is exposed to the public in full. By law, this has to be done no later than 25 years from the time of authorization. The National Archives, on July 24, 2017, started the way toward discharging the rest of the documents. The main files consisted of over 441 FBI and CIA records. Before now, these files, which were withheld in full, consisted of roughly 3,369 reports.
However, Trump’s statement implied the likelihood of some papers possibly being withheld. Especially, if their release would damage military operations, the police force, or foreign relationships. The freeing of 2,800 previous withheld documents, on Oct. 26 were signed by Trump. This memo ensured that the remaining JFK files would stay up under review until April 26, 2018.
The Oswald Theory
For years, there have been several conspiracy theories involving the shooter of JFK. These mystery documents have since fueled bits of gossip and speculation that shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald was by all accounts, not the only individual associated with the assassination of JFK.
Very quickly, after the Warren Commission in 1964 decided that Oswald had been the lone shooter, other suspicions surfaced. These allegations centered on whether he had been the primary shooter. Also, whether or not the CIA had been associated with the death of Kennedy. However, before specialists could thoroughly address Oswald, the former U.S. Marine was shot and executed, on Nov. 24, 1963, by Texas club proprietor Jack Ruby. This only added more fuel to the theoretical fire that the U.S. government was covering up what it thought about the death.
Suspicions ran high among CIA authorities in the days after President John F. Kennedy’s death. One of those speculations, whether Lee Harvey Oswald’s tried to acquire visas to go to Russia, had been a piece of an escape design. Nevertheless, recently discharged government records might show that it is possible.
The files expose Oswald’s efforts to obtain visas to fly out of the U.S. through Cuba to the USSR. However, he would not go alone; his Russian-born spouse would join him. It would all take place in the two months preceding the assassination of JFK. This is all indicated by the records, which are among the significant number of pages of archives identified with the death of JFK.
Oswald and the Russian link
However, the archives show that Oswald had a deeper connection with the Russians than people thought. The records shed further light on how profoundly CIA authorities dug into Oswald’s secret associations with the Soviet Union.
The reports make the point that Oswald spoke “unmistakable Russian” amid his visit to Mexico City to speak with Soviet and Cuban authorities. The Cuban office dismissed Oswald. They said he initially required a visa from the Soviets. However, this was a procedure that the Cubans cautioned could take up to four months. At the same time, the U.S. was checking the government offices of its Cold War adversaries and capturing individuals who entered and left the structures.
Authorities played out an entire recheck of the photographs, contrasting them against press photographs of Oswald, and found no confirmation of Oswald entering the government offices, as indicated by an update.
The photographers missed Oswald, an authority noted, because he visited on a Saturday when the embassy was closed “and we have not had coverage.”
Other Classified Information
Various analysts have called attention to what they describe as irregularities. Plus, they shed light on some oversights, rejections of confirmation, and mistakes. These documents also expose evolving stories, and changes made to witness declarations in the official Warren Commission examination, which they say could reveal a cover-up.
The reports were not just about JFK. It appears that the records also consist of details about proposals to kill in cold blood, Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba and Sukarno, the Indonesian president. Other shocking information exposes the additional efforts throughout the 1960s and 1970s to eliminate top Cuban leader Fidel Castro. His demise was to be met by a covert strategy set up by the U.S. government called Operation Mongoose.
The recently discharged JFK records uncover hidden secrets of Martin Luther King Jr. as well. The records additionally expose a recently released FBI analysis from 1968 which shows the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a “full-fledged” communist who pursued a “Marxist-Leninist line.”
The records show that U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy was not excited about selecting the Mafia to execute Castro because of his push against organized crime. These files were the last ones that were required to be discharged under Section 5 of the law, while the remaining classified files might be released later.
By Jomo Merritt
Edited by Jeanette Smith
CNN: CIA wondered if Oswald sought visas as part of escape plan
USA TODAY: JFK files: CIA started to disavow knowledge of Lee Harvey Oswald within hours of killing
The Leader-Herald: JFK files: No evidence of CIA link to Oswald
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