Soviets ordered Lee Harvey Oswald to kill JFK: ex-CIA chief


Lee Harvey Oswald was a KGB affiliate who was personally instructed by Soviet chief Nikita Khrushchev to assassinate President Kennedy. Sometime shortly thereafter, the Soviets modified their minds, and Oswald was informed to drop the plan. But Oswald, harboring a blinding love for all issues USSR, refused.

A brand new ebook by two former intelligence chiefs — one from the west, one from the east — tosses this story on the voluminous pile of JFK assassination theories.

Operation Dragon: Inside The Kremlin’s Secret War on America,” (Encounter Books), was written by Ambassador R. James Woolsey, who ran the CIA from 1993-1995 (and who, paradoxically, resigned abruptly throughout the scandal over Aldrich Ames, a CIA officer turned Russian double agent), and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former appearing chief of Communist Romania’s espionage service and the “highest-ranking intelligence official from an enemy country ever granted political asylum in the United States” (Pacepa died of COVID earlier this month).

Lee Harvey Oswald's mug shot, taken on November 23, 1963.
Lee Harvey Oswald’s mug shot, taken on November 23, 1963.
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The authors declare that each one the proof wanted to make their case is contained within the 26-volume Warren Commission Report, however that a lot of it’s “codified” that nobody understood its significance till now.

“Decoded, these pieces of evidence prove that John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, had a clandestine meeting in Mexico City with his Soviet case officer, ‘comrade Kostin,’ ” the authors write, “who … belongs to the KGB’s Thirteenth Department for assassinations abroad.”

Nikita Khrushchev seen speaking with John F. Kennedy in early 1963.
Nikita Khrushchev seen talking with John F. Kennedy in early 1963.
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According to the authors, the Soviets recruited Oswald in 1957, when he was a US Marine serving in Japan. After working clandestine missions for them for a number of years — together with offering the knowledge that allowed them to shoot down American pilot Gary Powers in 1960 — he was assigned in 1962, presumably by Khrushchev himself, to start preparations to assassinate President Kennedy.

“Although Oswald wished to remain in the Soviet Union, he was eventually persuaded to return to the US to assassinate President Kennedy, whom Khrushchev had come to despise,” they write. “Oswald was … given a Soviet wife and sent back to the US in June 1962.”

According to the authors, someday between that June and April 1963, the Soviets modified their minds, and recalled the task. Oswald, although, was too gung-ho, and was set on seeing it by means of.

Jackie Kennedy seen in a photograph with Nikita Khrushchev.
Jackie Kennedy seen in {a photograph} with Nikita Khrushchev.
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“Oswald knew that Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of Oswald’s paradise and new home, the Soviet Union, had entrusted him with that task, and he was confident he could pull it off,” the authors write. “By this time, however, the KGB and [the country’s] leaders realized that Khrushchev’s crazy ideas were giving their country a terrible reputation . . . another false step by the hot-headed Khrushchev, and there might be nuclear war.”

The authors supply no proof of an assassination order, or of any order to reverse course. They do supply proof, usually within the type of letters, of Oswald meeting with KGB brokers, and different preparations for Oswald and his household to return to the Soviet Union as soon as he accomplished his mission.

The telegraph from Mrs. J.D. Tippit, widow of the Dallas police officer killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, to Jacqueline Kennedy is displayed at the press preview of the special exhibition
The telegraph from Mrs. J.D. Tippit, widow of the Dallas police officer killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, to Jacqueline Kennedy is displayed on the press preview of the particular exhibition “A Nation Remembers”, in regards to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
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In one such letter, Oswald wrote to the Soviet Embassy on July 1, 1963, asking for separate visas for him and his spouse and daughters. The authors imagine this makes it clear that “Oswald wanted to see his wife and children back in the Soviet Union before assassinating President Kennedy and that he required a separate entry visa for himself to [use] after accomplishing his mission.”

Another, dated November 9 of that year — simply two weeks earlier than Kennedy’s assassination — was written after Oswald returned from a visit to Mexico City, and references a meeting with “Comrade Kostin,” who the authors establish as “Valery Kostikov, an identified PGU officer of the Thirteenth Department.”

The former residence of Lee Harvey Oswald at 214 West Neely Street in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas.
The former residence of Lee Harvey Oswald at 214 West Neely Street within the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas.

The authors additionally supply what they think about proof of Soviet efforts at disinformation after the actual fact, as they tried to persuade the world that the assassination was pushed by any entity however the Soviet Union.

One such piece of proof is the primary ebook launched alongside these traces, “Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy?” which hit bookstores in 1964. The ebook claims that Oswald was “an FBI agent provocateur with a CIA background,” and that he was the autumn man for the true culprits, which included “some officials of the CIA and FBI” together with “reactionary oil billionaires such as H.L. Hunt.”

Lee & Marina Oswald with their daughter in Minsk, Russia, in June 1962.

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Photo of Lee Harvey Oswald with rifle, taken in Oswald's back yard, Neely Street, Dallas Texas, March 1963. The photo was Warren Commission exhibit 133-A.
Lee Harvey Oswald posing with rifle, taken in Oswald’s again yard, Neely Street, Dallas Texas, March 1963.

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Secret Service Man Climbing onto President Kennedy's Car
Jackie Kennedy leans over John F. Kennedy after he was shot.

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Backseat Of Vice-President Johnson's Car
View of flowers on the backseat of Vice-President Lyndon Johnson’s Lincoln convertible because it sits parked close to the doorway of Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963.

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Jacqueline and Caroline Kennedy Kneeling at John F. Kennedy's Casket
Caroline Kennedy kneels beside her mom, Jacqueline, throughout memorial ceremonies for the late President John F. Kennedy.

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They additionally declare that the ebook’s writer, Joachim Joesten, was “a German-born American Communist identified as a PGU agent,” and that the ebook’s writer was equally related.

Whatever the veracity of the writer’s claims, folks intrigued by the Kennedy assassination will discover a lot right here to be enthralled by. If the case they lay out shouldn’t be precisely iron-clad, their certainty is simple.

“In the end, there is no doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald was trained by the KGB to commit the assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” the authors write.

“Even after the KGB ordered Oswald to stand down, Oswald stubbornly went ahead with what he considered his personal mission as bestowed upon him by his hero, Khrushchev.”


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