Khrushchev and JFK Assassination
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev told Oswald to assassinate JFK, ex-CIA chief and former head of Romania's spy service claim in new book
Lee Harvey Oswald defected to the USSR in 1959 before returning in 1961
A new book claims Oswald was a KGB agent and was told to assassinate Kennedy
Author R. James Woolsey, who ran the CIA from 1993-1995, makes the claim
He wrote the book with Ion Mihai Pacepa, Nicolae Ceausescu's former spy chief
Woolsey and Pacepa base their claims on the 1964 Warren Commission Report
They say the report has not been properly interpreted until now
The authors argue the Soviets changed their minds, but Oswald went ahead
Oswald was killed two days after shooting JFK, in November 1963
PUBLISHED: 23:11 EST, 22 February 2021 | UPDATED: 00:32 EST, 23 February 2021
Lee Harvey Oswald was instructed to kill John F. Kennedy by Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev, a former CIA chief has claimed, and went ahead with the plan despite the Soviets changing their mind.
R. James Woolsey, who ran the CIA from 1993-1995, makes the remarkable claim in a new book, Operation Dragon.
Written with Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former acting chief of Nicolae Ceausescu's espionage service, the book claims that Oswald, who defected to Russia in 1959 and moved back to the U.S in 1961, was a KGB associate on a mission from Moscow.
Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed John F. Kennedy in November 1963, and died two days later
A new book claims 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 already-published material.
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 their findings to Lyndon Johnson on September 24, 1964.
They were made public on November 23, 1964, and comprised of testimonies from 550 witnesses, plus supplementary evidence.
Woolsey and Pacepa in their book, out on February 23 but obtained in advance by The New York Post, that so much of the Warren Commission Report was 'codified' that no one understood its significance until now.
'Decoded, these pieces of evidence prove that John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, had a clandestine meeting in Mexico City with his Soviet case officer, Comrade Kostin, who … belongs to the KGB's Thirteenth Department for assassinations abroad,' they claim.
JFK's murder in 1963 shocked the world and continues to spawn new theories to this day
Kruschev, who led the USSR from Stalin's death in 1953 to 1964, reportedly ordered JFK's death
The moments immediately after JFK is shot are captured on camera, with the first lady standing
The president is seen slumping over as Jackie Kennedy moves to help him as they drive in Dallas
Woolsey and Pacepa, who defected from Romania in 1978, becoming the highest-ranking intelligence official from an enemy country ever granted political asylum in the United States, believe Oswald was recruited in 1957.
Woolsey and Pacepa's book is to be published on February 28. Pacepa died on February 14
At the time, he was a U.S. 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 being given his miss.ion to kill Kennedy.
They write that the task, to which he was assigned in 1962, was possibly even handed to Oswald by Khrushchev himself.
'Although Oswald wished to remain in the Soviet Union, he was eventually persuaded to return to the US to assassinate President Kennedy, whom Khrushchev had come to despise,' they write.
'Oswald was … given a Soviet wife and sent back to the US in June 1962.'
Kennedy and Khrushchev are pictured meeting in Vienna in June 1961 during the Cold War
Kennedy is pictured beside his wife Jackie, shortly before his death on November 22, 1963
Woolsey and Pacepa write that, between that June and April 1963, the Soviets changed their minds.
They called Oswald off, but he was now intent on seeing it through.
'Oswald knew that Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of Oswald's paradise and new home, the Soviet Union, had entrusted him with that task, and he was confident he could pull it off,' the authors write, in the excerpt obtained by the Post.
'By this time, however, the KGB and [the country's] leaders realized that Khrushchev's crazy ideas were giving their country a terrible reputation ... another false step by the hot-headed Khrushchev, and there might be nuclear war.'
The authors, according to the Post, provide no proof for their claim.
They do however show Oswald making plans to flee to the USSR after the murder, including a July 1, 1963 letter to the Soviet Embassy asking for separate visas for him and his wife and daughters.
Lee Harvey Oswald grimaces as he is shot dead at point blank range by Jack Ruby
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 required a separate entry visa for himself to [use] after accomplishing his mission.'
Another letter, dated November 9 of that year, just two weeks before Kennedy's assassination, was written after Oswald returned from a trip to Mexico City, and references a meeting with 'Comrade Kostin,' who 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 custody of Dallas police - sparking a myriad of conspiracy theories that will never be fully resolved.
Read more: New York Post – February 22, 2021
Lee Harvey Oswald ordered to kill JFK by Soviets, ex-CIA chief claims
By Larry Getlen
February 22, 2021 | 3:01pm
Lee Harvey Oswald was a KGB associate who was personally instructed by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to assassinate President Kennedy. Sometime shortly thereafter, the Soviets changed their minds, and Oswald was told to drop the plan. But Oswald, harboring a blinding love for all things USSR, refused.
A new book by two former intelligence chiefs — one from the west, one from the east — tosses this tale on the voluminous pile of JFK assassination theories.
“Operation Dragon: Inside The Kremlin’s Secret War on America,” (Encounter Books), was written by Ambassador R. James Woolsey, who ran the CIA from 1993-1995 (and who, ironically, resigned abruptly during the scandal over Aldrich Ames, a CIA officer turned Russian double agent), and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former acting chief of Communist Romania’s espionage service and the “highest-ranking intelligence official from an enemy country ever granted political asylum in the United States” (Pacepa died of COVID earlier this month).
Lee Harvey Oswald’s mug shot, taken on November 23, 1963.
The authors claim that all the evidence needed to make their case is contained in the 26-volume Warren Commission Report, but that so much of it is “codified” that no one understood its significance until now.
“Decoded, these pieces of evidence prove that John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, had a clandestine meeting in Mexico City with his Soviet case officer, ‘comrade Kostin,’ ” the authors write, “who … belongs to the KGB’s Thirteenth Department for assassinations abroad.”
Nikita Khrushchev seen speaking with John F. Kennedy in early 1963.SSPL via Getty Images
According to the authors, the Soviets recruited Oswald in 1957, when he was a US Marine serving in Japan. After working clandestine missions for them for several years — including providing the information that allowed them to shoot down American pilot Gary Powers in 1960 — he was assigned in 1962, possibly by Khrushchev himself, to begin preparations to assassinate President Kennedy.
Two unidentified Dallas police officers flank Lee Harvey Oswald after his arrest on Nov. 22, 1963.
Alamy Stock Photo
“Although Oswald wished to remain in the Soviet Union, he was eventually persuaded to return to the US to assassinate President Kennedy, whom Khrushchev had come to despise,” they write. “Oswald was … given a Soviet wife and sent back to the US in June 1962.”
According to the authors, sometime between that June and April 1963, the Soviets changed their minds, and recalled the assignment. Oswald, though, was too gung-ho, and was set on seeing it through.
Jackie Kennedy seen in a photograph with Nikita Khrushchev.Alamy Stock Photo
“Oswald knew that Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of Oswald’s paradise and new home, the Soviet Union, had entrusted him with that task, and he was confident he could pull it off,” the authors write. “By this time, however, the KGB and [the country’s] leaders realized that Khrushchev’s crazy ideas were giving their country a terrible reputation . . . another false step by the hot-headed Khrushchev, and there might be nuclear war.”
The authors offer no evidence of an assassination order, or of any order to reverse course. They do offer evidence, often in the form of letters, of Oswald meeting with KGB agents, and other preparations for Oswald and his family to return to the Soviet Union once he completed his mission.
The telegraph from Mrs. J.D. Tippit, widow of the Dallas police officer killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, to Jacqueline Kennedy is displayed at the press preview of the special exhibition “A Nation Remembers”, about the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.REUTERS/Brian Snyder
In one such letter, Oswald wrote to the Soviet Embassy on July 1, 1963, asking for separate visas for him and 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 required a separate entry visa for himself to [use] after accomplishing his mission.”
Another, dated November 9 of that year — just two weeks before Kennedy’s assassination — was written after Oswald returned from a trip to Mexico City, and references a meeting with “Comrade Kostin,” who the authors identify as “Valery Kostikov, an identified PGU officer of the Thirteenth Department.”
The former residence of Lee Harvey Oswald at 214 West Neely Street in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas.
The authors also offer what they consider evidence of Soviet efforts at disinformation after the fact, as they tried to convince the world that the assassination was driven by any entity but the Soviet Union.
One such piece of evidence is the first book released along these lines, “Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy?” which hit bookstores in 1964. The book claims that Oswald was “an FBI agent provocateur with a CIA background,” and that he was the fall guy for the real culprits, which included “some officials of the CIA and FBI” along with “reactionary oil billionaires such as H.L. Hunt.”
Lee & Marina Oswald with their daughter in Minsk, Russia, in June 1962.
They also claim that the book’s author, Joachim Joesten, was “a German-born American Communist identified as a PGU agent,” and that the book’s publisher was similarly connected.
Whatever the veracity of the author’s claims, people intrigued by the Kennedy assassination will find much here to be enthralled by. If the case they lay out is not exactly iron-clad, their certainty is undeniable.
A Dallas policeman holds up the rifle used to kill President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
“In the end, there is no doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald was trained by the KGB to commit the assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” the authors write.
“Even after the KGB ordered Oswald to stand down, Oswald stubbornly went ahead with what he considered his personal mission as bestowed upon him by his hero, Khrushchev.”
Lee Harvey Oswald was told by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to kill JFK, ex-CIA chief claims
Castlerock, Montreal, Canada,
How did he know which building to get a job at before Kennedy's motorcade route was even decided? He got his job at the book depository before Kennedy even planned to go to Dallas. JFK was a target of opportunity either for a nut or a Soviet agent. It is possible that Oswald reported to his handler that Kennedy was going to drive by his workplace in a couple of days and was told to take the shot. The short time frame could have been why the order calling it off did not get through in time or was ignored by Oswald because he was a loose cannon and the temptation to change history was too great. The problem with the proposed conspiracies is that Oswald got his job before he could possibly know Kennedy was coming to Dallas and driving by the book depository. It is quite possible Oswald was a KGB agent but whether he was or wasn't JFK was a target of opportunity.
COMMENTS TO THE DAILY MAIL ARTICLE
Leonid from SPb, SPb, Russia, 13 hours ago
Putin personally ordered the assassination of Julius Caesar. Putin was the grandfather of the Borgias. The Russians buried the charge in Mount Vesuvius and destroyed Pompeii. The French Revolution was caused by Russian interference in local social networks. Where are the Russians still not to blame?
ziZtzi, Dublin, Ireland, 16 hours ago
Blaming Russia for American actions again. Do they never get embarrassed?
Lost Westerner, Ottawa, Canada, 22 hours ago
The CIA is just deflecting attention from itself. It created Oswald's paper trail in Russia so as to concoct a backstory
Rainbow Don, Las Vegas, United States, 1 day ago
According to a secret code they deciphered in the Warren report. But Qanon is crazy talk?
Michael J. Kaplan, Riverside, United States, 1 day ago
Heres my take: How does Oswald a Marine intelligence officer defect to the Soviet Union and then is dimply allowed back into the US without any difficulty? And at the very height of the Cold War. Ive never read why he was allowed to return, yet did not face any serious consequences for defecting Woolsy thinks Oswsld was KGB. Im thinking he was likely a double agent. But who he was REALLY working for? Who knows.
ethicalgrower, Mission, Canada, 1 day ago
My money is on the Cia both Ted and Robert Kennedy were committed to breaking up the CIA and as Ted Kennedy said I will break them into a thousand pieces and scatter them to the wind the CIA has dozens of successful assassinations around the World to its credit this would have been just another day at the office
Mike Ungaro, bronx, United States, 1 day ago
skylarblues, PO BOX, United States, 1 day ago
So what. It doesnt mean he was the only one told to do this. Read up on James Files, he speaks facts about the entire situation. I do not believe that there was only one person involved.
Mike Ungaro, bronx, United States, 1 day ago
I agree and always believed there were a least two marksman!