President Donald Trump has sparked major dialogue among history enthusiasts in America by authorizing the National Archives to release 2,891 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Observers are eager to discover new information that sheds light on the killing of the charismatic American icon.
The documents give unique insights into Cold War Era policy. According to CNN, the records reveal a CIA plan to assassinate Cuban dictator Fidel Castro with the help of Chicago mobster Sam Giancana, to whom the CIA offered $150,000.
A 1975 document from the Rockefeller Commission shows that in the early days of the Kennedy administration, the CIA acted through an intermediary and requested Giancana hire a gunman to send to Cuba to kill Castro.
According to the report, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, President Kennedy’s younger brother, took issue with the decision because he believed the CIA’s cooperation with the mobster would make it harder to prosecute him in the future.
“Attorney General Kennedy stated that the CIA should never undertake the use of mafia people again without first checking with the Department of Justice because it would be difficult to prosecute such people in the future,” the report reads.
Another section of the same report describes a CIA plot to assassinate Castro by delivering a poison pill. A third Castro assassination plan from before Kennedy’s murder was even more complex.
“Operation Mongoose” was a covert operation to remove the Castro regime, which was seen as a high-level national security threat because of its association with the Soviet Union and its proximity to mainland America–a threat that reached a peak during the Cuban missile crisis.
The notes from 10 minutes of a secret Operation Mongoose meeting, dated September 14, 1962, state that “the CIA would examine the possibilities of sabotaging airplane parts which are scheduled to be shipped from Canada to Cuba.”
Other reports found in the immense collection of documents revolve around Kennedy’s murderer, Lee Harvey Oswald himself. One document dated November 24, 1963, contains comments from former-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover regarding Oswald’s murder. While being transferred between trails, Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner who later died in his prison cell from lung cancer.
Hoover said, “There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead.” He then went on to say that the day before Oswald’s assassination, the FBI received a phone call “from a man talking in a calm voice” who said he was part of a committee that was committed to killing Oswald. According to Hoover, he pressed Dallas police to protect Oswald, but the effort proved unsuccessful.
Hoover also said, “Ruby says no one was associated with him and denies having made the telephone call to our Dallas office last night.” He spoke about FBI evidence of Oswald’s guilt and communications between the Kennedy assassin and the Soviet Union.
The JFK files released by President Trump revealed that the CIA developed a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro. Are you surprised the plan never worked?
In another document, a 1975 transcript of former CIA Director Richard Helms’ testimony to the Rockefeller Commission, Helms says President Lyndon B. Johnson believed Kennedy was killed in an act of “justice” because he thought the CIA assassinated “South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.”
These documents are found in their raw format and available in full at the National Archives. President Trump has blocked the release of some documents temporarily, citing national security concerns. The rest of the documents will be released if not proven to be compromising to national security.