Nearly 1,500 pages of documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy have been made public.
One details Lee Harvey Oswald’s visit to a Soviet embassy weeks before killing Kennedy.
It indicates that Oswald spoke to a KGB officer at the embassy about obtaining a visa to travel to the USSR.
Just weeks before killing President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald traveled to Mexico City, where he spoke with a KGB officer at the Soviet Embassy, according to a new document released Wednesday. .
The National Archives on Wednesday released nearly 1,500 documents related to the Kennedy assassination investigation — the second major batch of assassination documents to be released since 2017.
Among the documents were notes on a call made by Oswald to the Soviet embassy in Mexico City on October 1, 1963, which the CIA secretly listened to.
The CIA notes indicate that the agency learned via this call that Oswald had visited the embassy a few days earlier, on September 26, and had met with Consul Valery Vladimirovich Kostikov. The document said Kostikov was an “identified KGB officer” involved in a branch of the Secret Service responsible for “sabotage and assassination”.
During the call, Oswald spoke with a guard and asked if there was “anything new regarding the telegram in Washington,” according to the report.
“The guard checked and then told Oswald that the request had been sent but there was nothing new,” he added.
The CIA report said the FBI had reason to believe that Oswald’s visit to the Soviet embassy was for help with a “US passport or visa matter.”
The CIA official who wrote the memo also seemed skeptical that Oswald would have reported to the Soviet Embassy had he been a KGB spy.
“Of course, it is not usual for a KGB agent on a sensitive mission to have such open contact with a Soviet embassy. However, we have top secret Soviet intelligence documents, describing military intelligence doctrine, which show that very important agents can be encountered in official facilities using cover for their presence there,” the report said.
This is not to say that US officials believed the Soviet Union was involved in the assassination.
A top-secret memo written in 1966 by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and released during the Trump administration said Soviet leaders were shocked by the killing and fearful of what it portended for the United States, NPR reported. .
“According to our source,” Hoover wrote, “Communist Party of the Soviet Union officials believed there was a well-organized conspiracy by the ‘far right’ in the United States to carry out a ‘coup of state “.”
This belief was informed by the fact that Kennedy’s murder took place after a far-right campaign portrayed him as a traitor, with fliers distributed across Dallas by the John Birch Society declaring him “Wanted for treason”. Despite his commitment to anti-communism, Kennedy had been pilloried for overseeing Cuba’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion.
The Soviets, according to Hoover, feared that the assassination would deepen “anti-Communist sentiments” in the United States and lead to war.
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