By Robert A. Vella
In a move that should surprise no one, President Trump backtracked on his previously expressed intent to allow full disclosure of the JFK assassination files. Citing “national security” concerns, he apparently bowed to pressure from the U.S. intelligence community which obviously has something to hide.
However, two intriguing items stand out from initial reviews of the information which was released yesterday.
In the chaotic aftermath of the assassination, followed two days later by thewhile in police custody, FBI Director J, Edgar Hoover vented his frustration in a formerly secret report found in the files. It opened: “There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead.”
But, reflecting on Oswald less than an hour after he died, Hoover already sensed theories would form about a conspiracy broader than the lone assassin.
“The thing I am concerned about, and so is (deputy attorney general) Mr. Katzenbach, is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin,” he said.
A document from 1975 contains a partial deposition by Richard Helms, a deputy CIA director under Kennedy who later became CIA chief, to the Rockefeller Commission, which was studying unauthorized CIA activities in domestic affairs. Commission lawyers appeared to be probing for information on what foreign leaders might have been the subject of assassination attempts by or on behalf of the CIA.
A lawyer asks Helms: “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” – here the document ends, short of his answer.