Oswald met KGB before JFK assassination, records dump shows

Oswald met KGB before JFK assassination, records dump shows

Lee Harvey Oswald met with a KGB agent just two months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, newly unsealed confidential documents reveal.

A CIA memo, part of a trove of nearly 1,500 documents released by the National Archives and Records Administration on Wednesday, disclosed that Oswald met with a senior Russian spy in Mexico City in September 1963.

The records include newly revealed details of Kennedy’s death — but fall short of resolving decades-old speculation about the case.

“According to an intercepted phone call in Mexico City, Lee Oswald was in the Soviet Embassy there on 23 September and spoke with Consul Valeriy Vladimirovich,” the document said.

“Oswald called the Soviet Embassy in 1 October, identifying himself by name and speaking broken Russian, stating the above and asking the guard who answered the phone whether there was ‘anything concerning the telegram to Washington,’” read the memo, written by then-acting CIA Chief Tennent Bagley.

Bagley’s memo was dated Nov. 23, 1963, one day after Oswald was charged with assassinating Kennedy in Dallas.

Lee Harvey Oswald's mugshot from Nov. 23, 1963.
Lee Harvey Oswald’s mugshot from Nov. 23, 1963.
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The documents were collected during a five-year review of the Kennedy assassination that wrapped up in 1997 — but thousands of records remained under seal.

President Biden had promised that the trove of records would be released by October, but later delayed the move and blamed the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even now, many of the files will remain under wraps until next December, the outlet said.

Lyndon B. Johnson, during his inauguration immediately after Kennedy's assassination, with Jackie Kennedy by his side.
Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath as president immediately after Kennedy’s assassination, with Jackie Kennedy by his side.
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“It’s an outrage,” JFK’s nephew Robert F. Kennedy Jr. fumed to Politico in October. “It’s an outrage against American democracy. We’re not supposed to have secret governments within the government.”

The Kennedy assassination has long been the subject of widespread speculation and conspiracy theories — and continues to be surrounded by mystery.

Oswald was shot and killed by Dallas bar owner Jack Ruby just two days after his arrest.

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