Lee Harvey Oswald was instructed to kill John F. Kennedy by Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev, said a former CIA chief, and went ahead with the plan despite the Soviets changing their minds.
R. James Woolsey, who ran the CIA from 1993-1995, makes a notable statement in a new book, Operation Dragon.
Written with Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, former acting chief of Nicolae Ceausescu’s spy service, the book claims that Oswald, who defected to Russia in 1959 and returned to the USA in 1961, he was a KGB associate on a Moscow mission.
Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed John F. Kennedy in November 1963 and died two days later
A new book states that Oswald, 24, (center) was working for the KGB at the time
Woolsey, 79, and Pacepa, who died of COVID-19 on February 14, aged 92, base their claim on a new interpretation of material already published.
They cite the 26-volume Warren Commission Report, published in 1964.
The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, commonly known as the Warren Commission, was chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren and presented his conclusions to Lyndon Johnson on September 24, 1964.
They were made public on November 23, 1964 and consisted of depositions from 550 witnesses, in addition to complementary evidence.
Woolsey and Pacepa in their book, released on February 23, but obtained in advance by The New York Post, that so much of the Warren Commission Report has been “codified” that no one has understood its meaning until now.
‘Decoded, this evidence proves that John F. Kennedy’s killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, had a clandestine meeting in Mexico City with his Soviet officer, Comrade Kostin, who … belongs to the Thirteenth KGB Foreign Murder Department. ‘, they state.
The assassination of JFK in 1963 shocked the world and continues to generate new theories today
Kruschev, who led the USSR from the death of Stalin in 1953 to 1964, reportedly ordered the death of JFK
Woolsey and Pacepa, who deserted Romania in 1978, becoming the highest-ranking intelligence officer in an enemy country who has already been granted political asylum in the United States, believe that Oswald was recruited in 1957.
Woolsey and Pacepa’s book will be published on February 28. Pacepa died on February 14
At the time, he was a US Marine, serving in Japan.
The authors believe that Oswald worked for the Soviets for several years, including providing the information that allowed them to shoot down American pilot Gary Powers in 1960, before receiving the mission to kill Kennedy.
They write that the task, for which he was assigned in 1962, was possibly even handed over to Oswald by Khrushchev himself.
“Although Oswald wished to remain in the Soviet Union, he was eventually persuaded to return to the United States to assassinate President Kennedy, which Khrushchev has come to despise,” they write.
‘Oswald was … given a Soviet wife and sent back to the United States in June 1962.’
Kennedy and Khrushchev are photographed meeting in Vienna in June 1961 during the Cold War
Kennedy is portrayed alongside his wife Jackie, shortly before his death on November 22, 1963
Woolsey and Pacepa write that, between June and April 1963, the Soviets changed their minds.
They hung up Oswald, but he was now determined to make it happen.
“Oswald knew that Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of paradise and Oswald’s new home, the Soviet Union, had entrusted him with this task, and he was confident that he could do it,” write the authors in the excerpt obtained by the Post.
‘By this time, however, the KGB and [the country’s] the leaders realized that Khrushchev’s crazy ideas were giving his country a bad reputation … another misstep by Khrushchev, and there could be a nuclear war. ‘
The authors, according to the Post, provide no evidence for their claim.
However, they show Oswald making plans to flee to the USSR after the murder, including a July 1, 1963 letter to the Soviet embassy requesting separate visas for him, his wife and daughters.
The authors believe 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 needed a separate entry visa for himself to [use] after completing your mission. ‘
Another letter, dated 9 November of that year, just two weeks before Kennedy’s assassination, was written after Oswald returned from a trip to Mexico City, and refers to a meeting with ‘Comrade Kostin’, which the authors identify as’ Valery Kostikov, an identified PGU Officer of the Thirteenth Department. ‘
Oswald was shot and killed on November 24, two days after killing Kennedy.
He was killed by nightclub owner Jack Ruby while in the custody of the Dallas police – spawning a myriad of conspiracy theories that will never be fully resolved.