Thursday, February 2

New Evidence: Did Castro Kill Kennedy?

Interesting article on news from a "German TV documentary that claims that the Cuban government was behind the assassination of former president John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. " I cannot speak for the accuracy of the documentary, but it doesn't seem all that far-feched to me. Check out the article by Roger Aronoff over at Accuracy in Media. Miami Herald has a story on the movie as well. Now, is this really a new theory?
The film is called "Rendezvous With Death," by award winning director Wilfried Huissman. It took five years to make, and reports suggest that it makes a compelling case.

Among those talking on camera is Oscar Marino, a former Cuban intelligence agent. He says that the Cubans wanted Kennedy dead because he had opposed the Cuban revolution, and had tried to have Castro assassinated. Marino told Huissman that he knew for certain that the Cuban secret service G2 had carried out and financed the operation, though he wouldn't say if Castro had directly ordered it. But under Castro's brutal dictatorship, which has endured for nearly half a century, it is not conceivable that this would have happened without his blessing. As Marino described it, Oswald "was so full of hate, he had the idea. We used him."

According to Marino, the Cubans contacted Oswald after being tipped off by their patrons, the Soviet KGB. Oswald had lived there for three years after deserting from the U.S. military. There he married the niece of a KGB colonel. He was allowed to return to the U.S. and bring his wife with him. He continued to call himself a Communist, and demonstrated on behalf of Cuba. And as a Marine, he had been sharpshooter, thus capable of hitting the intended target from the Texas Schoolbook Depository, where he went to work. Marino said that Oswald offered to kill the president. He said that Oswald traveled to Mexico City in September 1963 where he met up with Cuban agents who paid him $6,500 to carry out the assassination.

Shortly after Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, a Cuban connection was investigated. The trail led to Mexico City. An FBI agent by the name of Laurence Keenan was sent to Mexico City, but he was recalled after only three days. Keenan is now 81, and he also spoke to Huissman for the documentary. "I realized that I was used," Keenan said. "I felt ashamed. We missed a moment in history." Keenan called it "perhaps the worst investigation the FBI was ever involved in."

Alexander Haig, then a military adviser to President Johnson, went on camera to say that LBJ believed Cuba was responsible, but he believed that if the evidence came out of a Castro link to the Kennedy murder, it would turn the country to the right politically, and keep the Democrats out of power for years to come. Added Haig: "He (Johnson) said 'we must simply not allow the American people to believe Fidel Castro could have killed our president.'"
Aronoff:
Human Events had the most comprehensive report on the film, including director Huissman's claim that LBJ was concerned that if we followed the trail and it led to the Cuban government, the pressure would have been intense for the U.S. to invade Cuba, possibly sparking a world-wide nuclear conflict with Castro's patron, the Soviet Union.
HT: KateFavazza's C-Log