In explosive newly revealed FBI documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, it has been revealed that assassin Lee Harvey Oswald met a senior KGB agent months before the killing.
Furthermore the KGB agent Oswald met, Valeriy Vladimirovich Kostikov, was a senior agent in the 13th Department which was responsible for assassinations.
In yet another document, astonishingly, it is now revealed that the FBI was aware of the meeting on October 1 of 1963, more than a month before JFK was killed.
The much anticipated files surrounding the details of President John F Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, were released on Thursday
The Dallas Police Department mug shots of Lee Harvey Oswald following his arrest for possible involvement in the John F. Kennedy assassination and the murder of Officer J.D. Tippit, who he killed after shooting the president
The document showing the KGB operative who was with the assassination division called the 13th Department being connected to Oswald
In the documents FBI agents were grilled by a Senate committee about failing to stop Oswald’s visit to Mexico in September, two months before JFK was killed on November 22 of 1963.
An FBI agent said: ‘Oswald wrote me in early 1962 to help expedite an exit visa for his wife. Why in the world would he tell a plopper like that?’
A Senator replies: ‘In any event, he told what the agent knew was lies, and what I am trying to get at is there was no analysis within the bureau of any of this.
‘He even goes to Mexico City, contacts the Cuban consulate and the Soviet embassy, happens to be in contact – we don’t know if there is anything sinister about it – with an agent who is known to be KGB by the FBI and by the CIA, and suspected of being Department 13, which is their assassination and sabotage squad.
‘In any event, he then returns to the United States, is never again interviewed by the FBI.’
A memorandum dated July 1969, titled ‘An investigation of Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico’, reports that the infamous assassin was seen at a party in Mexico in September, 1963.
Bystanders looked on as Jacqueline Kennedy reached over to help her husband who lay on the rear of a car after being struck by an assassin’s bullet as his motorcade traveled through Dealey Plaza
After the shooting, Secret Service agent Clinton Hill (pictured) ran from a car directly behind the President’s and jumped onto the vehicle in order to further protect JFK and the First Lady
After JFK was shot, in a state of shock Jackie Kennedy reached back towards the trunk it is believed to retrieve a piece of her husband’s scalp. According to a radio announcer at the time of the tragedy, he reported: ‘Mrs. Kennedy cried “Oh no” and tried to hold up his head’
The FBI document reveals how Oswald went to a party in Mexico, along with two other Americans and hosted by Mexican playwright Elena Garro de Paz.
De Paz was interviewed by the FBI following the assassination who told the FBI about the other Americans with Oswald, but that the ‘interrogation was entirely unsatisfactory by normal investigatory standards.’
It was in Mexico that Oswald, who was a communist, attended the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City on September 28 during the course of his six-day trip.
The FBI had discounted de Paz’s accounts, but the CIA was ‘disturbed’ by them.
In yet another shocking turn in the events surrounding the assassination and follow up investigation by the FBI, the documents reveal the FBI’s failure to properly investigate de Paz’s story could ‘damage’ the Warren Report.
The 46-year-old was shot in the back and head while riding in an open motorcade through Dallas, Texas, with his wife First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy by his side
The Warren Report, or Warren Commission was the government’s investigation into Oswald and the assassination, and it concluded that he acted alone.
The report says ‘the credibility of the Warren Report would be damaged all the more if it were learned that these allegations were known and never adequately investigated by the competent American authorities.’
It has been reported that Oswald was a good shot, but the speculation mounts that he may not have acted alone as more is revealed about his trip to Mexico.
Another doc says the CIA’s ‘plan in passing information to the Warren Commission was to eliminate mention of wire taps in order to protect their continuing operations’ suggesting the spy agency withheld material from the investigation.
Today the White House released 2,800 records relating to the assassination of JFK, but a during the course of Thursday it was announced they would be holding back portions of the data as a matter of ‘national security.’
The officials speaking on behalf of President Donald Trump said he had ‘no choice’ in keeping some under lock and key pending a six month review process.
Russia has previously denied any involvement in the assassination of JFK.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters Thursday: ‘For decades, information has been kept under lock and key.
‘If even here wild insinuations are hurled at Russia, that would be a shame, because it is information, and not disinformation that people want.’
Although Washington closed the case shortly after JFK’s death, there have been several conspiracy theories, including that the murder plot involved Cuban leader Fidel Castro and there has long been rumors of a second shooter
After the release of the documents, Trump said he had no choice but to hold back some of the files as a matter of ‘national security’
President John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie arriving at Love Field in Dallas during campaign tour on the day of his assassination
The collection includes more than 3,100 documents – comprising hundreds of thousands of pages – that have never been seen by the public
Lee Harvey Oswald during a press conference after his arrest in Dallas. Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby on November 24 on the eve of Kennedy’s buria
Led by members of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia the Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs, and the US Marine Corps band the funeral procession of slain President John F. Kennedy approaches the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery after passing the Lincoln Memorial and crossing over the Potomac River on Memorial Bridge
Members of the Kennedy family at the funeral of assassinated president John F. Kennedy at Washington DC. Three-year-old John Kennedy saluted his father
Robert Kennedy and Edward Kennedy with their sister-in-law Jacqueline Kennedy during the funeral of President John F Kennedy
TIMELINE TO A PRESIDENCY: JOHN F KENNEDY
September 26, 1960: Kennedy appears in the first televised election debates in history as he campaigns to become leader. The debate was seen as the turning point in the campaign.
November 8, 1960: JFK defeats Republican Richard Nixon with 49.7 percent of the vote. Nixon had 49.5 percent.
January 20, 1961: Inauguration for the new leader.
March 1, 1961: Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps, a volunteer program to promote world peace.
September 12, 1962: Kennedy announces that the U.S. want to put man on the moon
October 1962: Cuban Missile crisis which is regarded as the closest the world ever came to nuclear war. Tensions rose after the USSR placed nuclear weapons in Cuba within striking distance of the U.S. The crisis eventually passed without a shot being fired.
June 11, 1963: The President calls for civil rights legislation to be brought in.
August 5, 1963: The U.S. and the USSR sign a nuclear test ban treaty pledging not to test bombs in air, space and water.
November 22, 1963: The President was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. He was shot once in the back and then in the head.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS SURROUNDING JOHN F KENNEDY’S ASSASSINATION
November 22, 1963
12.29pm Central Standard Time: The presidential motorcade turns onto Dealey Plaza in Dallas. The open-top limousine has a driver and security guard in the front row, Texas Governor John Connally and wife Nellie Connally in the middle row, and President John F Kennedy and wife Jacqueline in the back row.
12.30pm: Witnesses testified that three shots were fired. The famous video recording of the event filmed by onlooker Abraham Zapruder shows that first Kennedy clutches his chest and seems to gasp before another shot hits his head. Governor Connally is also hit. Mrs Kennedy immediately begins climbing towards the back of the vehicle, apparently in an effort to grab part of the President’s skull which flew back after he was shot. The Connallys reported that Mrs Kennedy said ‘I’ve got his brains in my hand!’
12.33pm: Shooter Lee Harvey Oswald exits the Texas School Book Depository, where he fired the shots from a sixth floor window.
12.38pm: The presidential limo arrives at Parkland Hospital.
1pm: President Kennedy is pronounced dead. A Catholic priest had been found and he performed his last rites. Doctors said that while they tried extremely hard to save his life, the wounds were too great by the time he arrived in the hospital. ‘We never had any hope of saving his life,’ said Dr. Malcolm Perry.
1.15pm: Oswald shoots and kills police officer J.D. Tippit while he is on the run.
1.33pm: White House press secretary Malcolm Kilduff entered the area of the hospital where the press had gathered and made a brief statement confirming the President’s death, as caused by a gunshot wound to the brain.
1.50pm: Oswald is arrested inside the Texas Theater movie house where he went in an effort to evade capture.
2.00pm: President Kennedy’s body was brought to Air Force One.
2.38pm: Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in as the country’s 36th president on board Air Force One, standing next to Mrs Kennedy who continued to wear the blood-stained pink skirt suit that she had on earlier.
3.01pm: FBI director J. Edgar Hoover writes a memo saying that the President’s killer had been captured.
6pm Eastern Standard Time: The plane arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington. President Kennedy’s casket and Mrs Kennedy leave first before President Johnson makes a brief statement on the tarmac. ‘This is a sad time for all people….I will do my best; that is all I can do. I ask for your help and God’s,’ he said.
7.05pm CST: Oswald is charged with the murder of Officer Tippit.
11.26pm: Oswald is charged with the murder of President Kennedy.
Two days later, November 24, 1963
11:21am: Television cameras catch nightclub owner Jack Ruby shoot Oswald in the basement of the Dallas Police headquarters.