Was the Soviet Union behind JFK's assassination

Files on the murder of John F. Kennedy : A treasure chest for conspiracy theorists

Who was the man in the New Orleans bar who wanted to wager a hundred dollars on the imminent assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963? What did the mysterious caller know, who reported to a British provincial newspaper 25 minutes before the fatal shooting of the president in Dallas and announced “big news” in the US? Why did Kennedy killer Lee Harvey Oswald meet a Soviet assassination expert in Mexico two months before the President's murder?

More than half a century after Kennedy's death on a sunny Friday in Texas, the murder is once again the subject of conspiracy theories. Following a law from 1992, the current President Donald Trump published almost 3,000 previously secret documents about the Kennedy murder on the website of the National Archives (www.archives.gov). "So interesting" are the new documents, Trump announced on Twitter. The 1992 Act was a reaction to director Oliver Stone's film "JFK" which sparked new speculation about the Kennedy murder.

Although more than 90 percent of all government documents on the case have now been released, some "historical gold pieces" are among the new files, the Washington Post found in an initial analysis. The "New York Times" compared the mass of documents with the discovery of dusty documents in a "treasure chest" in an attic. There is a lot of boring, but also a lot of interesting. The Kennedy Documents were the talk of the day in the United States on Friday.

Documents withheld

Even those documents that are still withheld add to the excitement. He bowed to the warnings of his advisors that some files would pose a threat to national security, wrote Trump. The documents are to be re-examined in the next six months. According to media reports, the concerns are that the files concerned, some of which are only 20 years old, could allow conclusions to be drawn about secret service employees.

Conspiracy theorists like Robert Stone, however, suspect a new plot. Stone is a friend of Trump and argues in a book that Kennedy was murdered at the behest of his Vice President and successor Lyndon B. Johnson. The secret services wanted to keep as many documents under lock and key as possible, Stone told the Washington Post.

According to the government version of the events, Oswald, a 24-year-old former marine sniper, was a lone perpetrator with no organization behind him. Oswald himself denied involvement in the murder in the first interrogation, but could not contribute to the investigation because he was shot two days after the murder of Kennedy by the nightclub owner Jack Ruby. Ruby also appears in a number of theories as a participant in a plot.

Immediately after the murder, there were enough unanswered questions and doubts. Many observers did not want to believe in the so-called "theory of the magic ball". According to official reports, Kennedy was hit by a bullet that pierced his neck, kicked the throat and then injured Texas Governor John Connally, who was sitting with him in an open car. To many, that seems very unbelievable.

Investigation results that declared Oswald to be the only perpetrator were also questioned. Witnesses claim to have noticed at least one other shooter, others speak of even more involved. After the murder, the authorities allegedly replaced the bullet-struck windshield of the presidential limousine with an intact window in order to create evidence of gunfire from multiple directions.

Such cover-up attempts, according to actual or self-appointed experts in the Kennedy murder, point to a precisely planned act by conspirators. In addition to Vice President Johnson, communist Cuba, anti-communist Cuban exiles, the Vietnamese government, the mafia and the American secret services are named as masterminds in various versions of an alleged plot.

Who was the caller 25 minutes before the murder?

In the newly published files, there are indications that the Soviet Union also feared being linked to the Kennedy murder. Even a US missile attack in retaliation was therefore expected in Moscow.

The question of whether the Soviets were involved is now likely to be one of the new issues that come to the fore. Among the documents released by Trump is a CIA report dated November 23, 1963, the day after Kennedy's death. It speaks of a conversation between Oswald and the Soviet consul in Mexico City, Valery Vladimirovich Kostikov, in September of the same year. Kostikov is described as a KGB agent and a specialist in sabotage and assassinations.

Oswald's trip to Mexico before the murder has long been the subject of fierce speculation. Did the later Kennedy killer get instructions from the Soviets and Cubans? A Cuban secret service agent is said to have praised Oswald's ability as an accurate shooter. However, there are still no clear answers.

The same applies to Oswald's connections to the radical right-wing scene in New Orleans, which has also been discussed for years, where the strange betting offer was picked up by a bar visitor and reported to the secret service. However, the informant was so drunk at the time in question that he could not identify the man who was betting on Kennedy's imminent death. He couldn't even think of the name of the pub.

The pub episode makes it clear how many rumors and alleged traces the investigators dealt with in the days after the president's murder. One of the strangest was the phone call to the British newspaper "Cambridge News" on the day of the attack. To this day, no one knows who the caller was - and the current journalists of the paper, like the rest of the world, only now learned of the matter. "That makes your jaw drop," said Anna Savva, a reporter with "Cambridge News", the BBC on Friday. 25 minutes before the murder, the anonymous caller called a reporter and told him to call the US embassy because there was big news. Then the caller hung up.

Because of such details, the Kennedy murder myth will live on after the new release. Experts are already eagerly awaiting the release of those files that will be checked again in the coming months. But even then, many questions and contradictions will remain - and enough room for the suspicion that Kennedy fell victim to a huge conspiracy.

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