Top 10 Findings from the Newly Released JFK Files with Links to the Original Documents
The National Archives just released more than 2,800 classified files of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We hereby summarize key findings and revelations from these released files, each with links to the original documents from The National Archives. We hope this can be beneficial to the community and those who are interested in this critical moment in history and the truth behind it. As we keep working on reviewing documents from this large and critical declassified files, this list will be updated. We encourage you to fact check with the original documents and other sources. Meanwhile, what is your view on the released files? Do you have any comments or suggestions? We would love to hear from you via Twitter or Facebook.
"More than one shooter" resurfaced
"POTITO said the "Surgeon General’s report" on the assassination stated the first bullet entered the President’s throat below the Adams apple clearly showing that two persons were involved with the first shot being fired from the bridge across the park way in front of the car. To further substantiate this POTITO said there was a bullet hole in the wind shield of the President’s car."
A UK Reporter was tipped anonymously 25 minutes before the assassination
At 6:05pm November 22nd 1963, a reporter at Cambridge News picked up an anonymous call saying that “the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news.” The call was hung up by the caller without any further information. 6:05pm in London was 12:05pm in Dallas, that the call was made 25 minutes prior to the assassination happened.
“The Cambridge reporter had never received a call of this kind before, and MI5 state that he is known to them as a sound and loyal person with no security record.” The document shows, where MI5, Military Intelligence Section 5, was the counter-intelligence and security agency of the United Kingdom.
Fake News? CIA accused of hiring 40 journalists as undercover agents
Concern over CIA employing undercover journalist in major media outlets to discourage the Congressional probe was raised. In the document, it was mentioned that “CIA employed some forty journalists who doubled as undercover contacts,” where Washington Post covered a similar story at the time. One of the journalists who covered the assassinations probe had written reports that “have been design to discourage the probe by the House.”
Erased evidence and hidden information
FBI used a rare tone describing that a tape of "the voice of an individual identifying himself as Lee Oswald" on September 28th 1963, and October 1st 1963 was never received, but only the transcripts. "It is noted that the FBI never received the actual tape recordings from which the transcripts were derived, as the tapes were erased by the other government agency providing the transcripts." documented by the FBI, where "the other goverment agency" was not identified.
On the other hand, the CIA for reasons yet to be known, intended to hide certain telephone tap: "Our present plan in passing info to Warren Commission is to eliminate mention of telephone taps, in order [to] protect your continuing ops. Will rely instead on statements of Silvia Duran and on contents of Soviet consular file which Soviets gave odacid here. File shows both Oswald and wife were dickering with Soviets in Washington by mail to get permission to return to Russia." What the "ops" needed to be protected were not identified. However.
CIA plotted to assassinate foreign leaders, including Fidel Castro
A 84-page long document details CIA involvement in planning assassinations of foreign leaders, including Fidel Castro. A multi-phase plan included poisoning Castro as one option: "The Phase I plans involved the preparation of poison botulism pills by the CIA, the delivery of those pills to organized crime figures who in turn were to get the pills delivered to contacts they had in Cuba, who in turn were to get the pills into the hands of someone who could place them in a beverage to be drunk by Premier Castro.”
Lyndon Johnson accused of involvement
'… it was indicated that “now” the KGB was in procession of data purporting to indicate President John was responsible for the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy.'
Oswald contacted the Soviet prior to the assassination
Oswald contacted the Soviet prior to the assassination from Cuban Embassy “Station Russian translator who did transcriptions says Oswald is identical with person para one speaking broken Russian who called from Cuban embassy 28 September to Soviet Embassy.” The document includes transcripts of multiple conversations Oswalt had with Cuban and Soviet personnels.
FBI received death threat against Oswald the night before Oswald was shot dead
In a document dated November 24th 1963, the day when Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby while being escorted through the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters toward an armored car. “Last night, we received a call in our Dallas office from a man talking in a calm voice and saying he was a member of a committee organized to kill Oswald.” said J. Edgar Hoover who was the FBI Director at the time.
FBI Director Hoover concerns about how to convince the public that Oswald was the assassaint
"The thing I was concerned about," said Hoover "is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin." The comment was made on the day when Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby.
The Soviet Union considered it as a possible coup beyond one man
Officials of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union considered the possibility of a well organized coup, and “seemed convinced that the assassination was not the deed of one man, but that it arose out of a carefully planned campaign in which several people played a part.”