The recent release of some of the government’s files on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has already caused quite the stir. In one instance, documents saw that killer Lee Harvey Oswald made some interesting phone calls prior to carrying out his assassination.
According to newly-released data in the National Archives, as early as November 1963, the FBI and CIA knew that Oswald had made calls to the KGB’s “assassination department” prior to carrying out his deeds in Dallas.
The phone calls were traced to Mexico City. There, Oswald made contact with the Soviet Embassy on September 28, 1963.
The man he talked to was Valeriy Kostikov, a consul and a member of the KGB’s 13th Department, a secret circle of assassins and killers within the organization. Oswald called again on October 1st, this time speaking broken Russian and inquiring about “anything new concerning the telegram to Washington.”
Despite this eye-opening information, the CIA concluded that Oswald’s assassination was not ordered or directed by the KGB or the Kremlin.
In the original documents, the CIA and FBI concluded that Oswald’s calls to the Soviet Embassy were about acquiring a new US passport. Between 1959 and 1961, Oswald lived in the Soviet Union and married a Russian woman named Marina Prusakova.
As an American who defected to the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, it seems likely that Oswald may have made contacts with Russian intelligence services while living and working there.
The CIA recorded that Kostikov and the 13th Department had used a German citizen living in Oklahoma in order to carry out missions in Europe. All of this was done via the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City.
Author Peter Savodnik disputes the idea that Oswald was some kind of sleeper agent, and he told The Atlantic back in 2013 that the Soviet authorities deliberately moved Oswald to Minsk (now in Belarus) because it was a sleepy provincial town.
Savodnik also believes that Oswald decided to move to Moscow in order to gain some kind of permanence in his life. After all, as a youth, Oswald and his mother had moved around over twenty times.
That being said, as a teenager, Oswald did write to the Socialist Party of America and recorded in his diary that he was inspired by Marxism and communist literature. However, while living in Russia, Oswald also wrote in his diary: “No man, having known, having lived, under the Russian Communist and American capitalist system, could possibly make a choice between them. There is no choice, one offers oppression the other poverty. Both offer imperialistic injustice, tinted with two brands of slavery.”
It seems that Oswald was disillusioned with both the American Republic and the totalitarian monstrosity that was the USSR.
Does this change what we know about the JFK assassination?
We may never know the full facts regarding the Kennedy assassination. As for Oswald, his motives may forever be shrouded in mystery, even though plenty of circumstantial evidence indicates that Oswald was inspired by far-Left ideology.
Was Oswald a political terrorist or a deranged gunman? Did he work alone, or did he have help? Only the release of more government documents could answer these questions.