New papers released by the National Archives support the idea that Lee Harvey Oswald was in close connection with officials of the Soviet Union in the weeks before the assassination of President Kennedy.
Oswald was shot after the November 22, 1963, assassination of Kennedy in Texas. Although the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination stated that Oswald worked alone, a Soviet connection in the Cold War-era killing of a president was long been debated as a potential theory.
On top of new details about Oswald’s meeting with one KGB agent, the papers — totaling almost 1,500 pages — prove that a tip was gotten in 1962 that Kennedy would be killed by the Soviets, who would pay $100,000 to have this goal done, according to the NY Post.
“Cabled to Canberra asking full details over the phone conversation of 23 November and the phone call made 15 October in 1962,” a newly released 1964 message reads. “It should be stressed that CIA had not previously known about the 1962 call.”
A 2017 disclosure of papers related to Kennedy’s murder had showed contacts between Oswald and Soviet officials, according to USA Today. However, the new data added to what was already known.
“According to one intercepted call in Mexico City, Oswald was inside the Soviet Embassy on 23 September and talked to Consul Valeriy Vladimirovich,” one paper read.
“Oswald phoned the Soviet Embassy in October, identifying himself by his name and speaking bad Russian, saying the above and asking the person who answered the phone if there was ‘anything about the telegram to DC,’” a memo from then CIA chief Tennent Bagley said.
A transcript of the October 1 call was released in the fresh documents.
“Hello, this is Oswald,” Oswald stated. “I was there last Saturday and talked to a consul, and they said that they would send a telegram to DC, so I wanted to see if you have anything new. But I don’t remember the consul’s name.”
KGB officer Valery Kostikov responded, “Just one minute. I will find out. They say that they have not received anything yet.”
“Have they done anything?” Oswald replied.
“Yes, they say the request was sent out, but nothing was received yet,” Kostikov said.
Previously released documents say Kostikov was a part of the KGB’s assassination dept. and was working at the Soviet embassy in Mexico City, as reported by USA Today.
Author: Blake Ambrose