5 Major Revelations from the Newly Declassified JFK Assassination Files

by Derrick Broze, The Anti Media:

On October 26, nearly three thousand files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy were released to the public. After more than fifty years, the public may now have a clearer picture of what took place behind the scenes following the public murder of an American president. However, even with the latest document dump, thousands of related classified files still remain hidden from public view.

On Thursday, Trump’s press secretary released a statement explaining the last minute decision to keep certain files classified. According to the statement, the National Archives will release more records by April 26, 2018. “JFK Files are being carefully released. In the end there will be great transparency. It is my hope to get just about everything to public!” Trump tweeted. Media pundits called out the president for failing to keep his promise while others, including Julian Assange, defended him and placed the blame on the CIA and the “Deep State.”

Despite the last minute hand-wringing, the newly released files do include some interesting bits of history that illuminate the type of thinking that goes on behind closed doors at the CIA and the FBI. Let’s take a brief look at a couple of these documents.

1. Foreknowledge of the assassination

In a November 26, 1963 memo to the director of the FBI, it is reported that an anonymous call was placed to the Cambridge News on November 22 warning of impending “big news.”

The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news and then hung up,” reads the memo from former CIA Deputy Director James Angleton. According to the Daily Mail, London lawyer and JFK researcher Michael Eddowes said in 1981 that there was a call to the Cambridge News and that he believed the caller was British-born Soviet agent Albert Osborne. “Mr. Eddowes also argued in his book, The Oswald File, a Soviet agent imposter took the place of Lee Harvey Oswald after the murder and allowed Jack Ruby to kill him while the true Oswald was hidden in Russia,” the Mail reports.

2. Oswald working for the CIA?

In a 1975 deposition to the Rockefeller Commission on CIA Activities in 1975, then-CIA Director Richard Helms is questioned by attorney David Berlin about the CIA’s involvement in the JFK assassination. After a brief back and forth between the two men, Berlin begins to ask Helms if there is any information indicating Lee Harvey Oswald — the apparent lone wolf assassin — was a CIA agent. The document then abruptly cuts off.

BERLIN: Well, now, the final area of my investigation relates to charges that the CIA was in some way conspiratorially involved with the assassination of President Kennedy. During the time of the Warren Commission, you were Deputy Director of Plans, is that correct?

HELMS: I believe so.

BERLIN: Is there any information involved with the assassination of President Kennedy which in any way shows that Lee Harvey Oswald was in some way a CIA agent or agent…

(For a deeper look into the possibility of Oswald as a CIA agent see this.)

In addition, this same document includes a comment from Director Helms that claims President Johnson believed Kennedy was assassinated for killing South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem. “President Johnson used to go around saying that the reason President Kennedy was assassinated was that he had assassinated President Diem and this was just justice,” Helms stated.

3. FBI was tipped off one day before Oswald was killed

In a memo dated Nov. 24, 1963, J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI, acknowledges that FBI agents were warned by an unidentified man about the threat on Lee Harvey Oswald’s life one day before Jack Ruby killed him. Hoover says the FBI contacted Dallas police after receiving the call.

We at once notified the Chief of Police and he assured us Oswald would be given sufficient protection,” Hoover said in the memo. “This morning we called the Chief of Police again warning of the possibility of some effort against Oswald, and he again assured us adequate protection would be given. However, this was not done.”

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