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Read the 2,800 pages of documents yourself at the government archives site.
Alright, everyone. We know now what the Russians were thinking thanks to material released on Thursday that the government hoped would never come to light.
If LBJ had Kennedy assassinated, he had help. It would be nice if the Russians now opened up their archives on the Kennedy assassination. They knew more than we can glean from yesterday’s release of material.
New York Post
The Soviet Union theorized that President Lyndon B. Johnson could have been behind JFK’s assassination – and also feared Moscow could be blamed and attacked, according to documents in a major release of files related to Kennedy’s slaying on Thursday.
The Dec. 1, 1966 FBI memo, which relayed unconfirmed speculation, noted that sources said the KGB “was in possession of data purporting to indicate President Johnson was responsible for the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy.”
The memo, which was forwarded to the White House by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover with the all-caps title: ““REACTION OF SOVIET AND COMMUNIST PARTY OFFICIALS TO THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY” said:
“KGB headquarters indicated that in view of this information, it was necessary for the Soviet Government to know the existing personal relationship between President Johnson and the Kennedy family, particularly that between President Johnson and Robert and ‘Ted’ Kennedy.”
In days following JFK’s killing, Moscow believed the slaying could be used by rogue American military leaders to whip up anti-Soviet sentiment and even lead to an attack.
Soviets feared dark US forces were “interested in utilizing the assassination and playing on anticommunist sentiments in the United States,” according to the FBI.
“Our source further stated that Soviet officials were fearful that without leadership, some irresponsible general in the United States might launch a missile attack on the Soviet Union.”
Oswald lived in the Soviet Union for nearly three years from 1959 to 1962 and married a woman from Minsk.
The release of documents was made to satisfy a 25-year deadline set forward by the Oct. 25, 1992 enactment of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act.
However, many of the files were held back from release by President Trump after the CIA and FBI asked for more time to redact information that could cause “potentially irreversible harm.”
While Soviets believed JFK’s killing could have been engineered internally, LBJ saw a foreign link to the assassination.
Johnson would regularly say he believed JFK’s murder was payback for CIA involvement in the assassination of South Vietnam’s head of state, documents showed.
LBJ’s CIA director, Richard Helms, said in a deposition that Johnson wasn’t shy in sharing his own JFK conspiracy theories.
“President Johnson used to go around saying that the reason President Kennedy was assassinated was that he had assassinated President Diem,” Helms said during a April 23, 1975 deposition at Langley. Though the source didn’t say if Johnson ever said why he thought that.
South Vietnam’s autocratic leader Ngo Dinh Diem was arrested and assassinated in 1963 after a US-backed coup in the country.
Johnson was in JFK’s motorcade on Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas when Lee Harvey Oswald opened fire from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository.
LBJ was sworn into office later that day aboard Air Force One.
Oswald’s ability to squeeze off those shots has long been debated, with critics of the lone-killer theory believing he didn’t have great marksmanship.
But a 1967 FBI cable quoted a Cuban intelligence operative telling another of Oswald’s shooting ability, “Oh, he was quite good.”
When the other asked how he knew, that operative said, “I knew him.”
Oswald was a known supporter of Fidel Castro and was active in the “Fair Play for Cuba Committee,” which sought greater US support for the Havana regime.
I recall our local New Orleans TV news (WDSU, owned by the (((Stern))) family) taking the footage of Lee Harvey Oswald passing out fliers on Canal Street three months before the assassination.’
Eight minutes, including the TV news interview with Oswald. A must watch.
UPDATE 1; TRUMP HAS BLOCKED THE RELEASE OF SOME JFK MATERIAL.
Excerpt from Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the unveiling of 2,800 documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy but yielded to pressure from the FBI and CIA to block the release of other records to be reviewed further.
But as the deadline neared, the administration decided at the last minute to stagger the final release over the next 180 days while government agencies studied whether any documents should stay sealed or redacted.
UPDATE 2: KHRUSHCHEV THEORIZED DALLAS POLICE KILLED KENNEDY.
I’m blocked from reading the story at the Dallas News, having used up my complimentary articles. Instead:
Excerpt from the Daily Mail
A document dated as May 1964, the CIA notes a conversation with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, who said he didn’t believe American security was so ‘inept’ that Kennedy was killed without a conspiracy.
Khrushchev believed that the Dallas Police Department was an ‘accessory’ to the assassination.
The CIA source ‘got the impression that Chairman Khrushchev had some dark thoughts about the American Right Wing being behind this conspiracy’.
When the source said that Oswald and his eventual killer Jack Ruby both were ‘mad’ and ‘acted on his own… Kruschev said flatly that he did not believe this’.
The White House released 2,891 documents related to JFK’s assassination that have long been kept secret.
But some are being held back by the president, who said he’s allowing intelligence, law enforcement and military agencies to take the next six months to justify their requests to redact specific pages.
A White House official told DailyMail.com during a conference call that while Trump wants to remove the ‘veil’ of secrecy regarding the 1963 killing, he has ‘no choice today but to accept those redactions rather than risk irreversible harm’ to the country.
UPDATE 3: TIDBITS.
Excerpt from CNN
The CIA mulled mafia hits on Cuban President Fidel Castro. Someone called the FBI threatening to kill Lee Harvey Oswald a day before Oswald’s murder. And the US examined sabotaging airplane parts heading to Cuba.
These assertions are some of many unearthed in newly revealed government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
GLP discussion thread on documents dump.