Leading JFK assassination investigator claims to have unveiled fresh evidence connecting Lee Harvey Oswald to the CIA.
According to journalist and author Jefferson Morley, the CIA is believed to have documents that show Oswald participated in an intelligence operation in the summer of 1963, roughly three months before Kennedy was assassinated. These documents, according to Morley, could change how history views the assassination.
“We’re talking about smoking-gun proof of a CIA operation involving Lee Harvey Oswald,” Morley said.
Former Marine and Fidel Castro enthusiast Lee Harvey Oswald briefly fled to the Soviet Union, and Morley alleged he was a part of a CIA effort to discredit American Fidel Castro
“This is an extraordinarily serious claim, and it has profound implications for the official story,” Morley said.
Morley stated 44 additional documents are still being held by the agency and could provide additional information regarding the operation. His claims are based on files produced by the late CIA agent George Joannides, who worked with anti-Castro exile groups.
President Joe Biden gave the CIA and FBI until next week to reveal all of their assassination-related data. Morley made his conclusions public at an event sponsored by the Mary Ferrell Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
President Biden signed an executive order on October 22, 2021, setting new timelines for the release of around 14,000 records from the John F. Kennedy assassination records collection (JFK Records) at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). According to the provisions of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, disclosure postponements were allowed until October 26, 2021. Originally planned for publication on October 25, 2017, then-President Trump certified agency petitions to do so (JFK Act).
The initial release of records was scheduled for December 15, 2021, according to President Biden’s memo. On that day, NARA is required to digitize them and make them accessible on its website. The extension of all other records through December 15, 2022, was approved by the president. In accordance with his memo, each agency that wants to postpone the release of JFK Records to the public past that point must first produce an unclassified index for each document. The index must also be accompanied by an unclassified cover letter from each agency head outlining the information, the justifications for the agency’s prolonged delay, and the projected declassification dates. By December 15, 2021, these agency letters and indices must be finished.
The President’s order postpones all JFK records whose release from public disclosure authorities is still being requested until December 15, 2022. In a letter to Congress, President Biden stated that the documents would be subject to “an intensive review of each remaining redaction to ensure that the United States Government maximizes transparency, disclosing all information in records concerning the assassination, except when the strongest possible reasons counsel otherwise.”