▶ Listen: Oswald talks about Cuba and Ed Butler listens

From JFK Lancer, a recording of radio program broadcast by WDSU radio in New Orleans on August 20, 1963.

▶ Lee H. Oswald debates the Cuba issue with anti-communist activist Ed Butler, and anti-Castro militant Carlos Bringuier of Cuban Student Directorate (DRE)

Bringuier is an important witness, and the the CIA-sponsored DRE, is significant. But recently it is Butler’s role in this debate that holds my interest. Read more

Warren Commission wanted to avoid transparency

H/T Pat Speer,

An interesting entry from the journals of Howard Willens, attorney for the Warren Commission, about how the Commission wanted to avoid transparency “for a year or two.”

Willens, a retired attorney turned historian,  is the author of the book, History Will Prove Us Right, which defends the Warren Commission’s work and conclusions. (For an excerpt of the book, read here.)

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What’s the best recent book about the JFK assassination?

By recent I mean published for the first time in the last 10 years.

Travels with John Judge (1948-2014)

From Bill Kelly, an affectionate memoir of the late JFK researcher and organizer who never tired of demanding the full record of JFK’s assassination. Read more

Who found Oswald’s wallet?


The story of the murder of Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit on November 22, 1963, took an unexpected twist this past year.

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Look for it: Inside Oswald’s wallet

Seen at the crime: Dallas police officers handling Lee Oswald’s wallet

From Bill Simpich, author of the revelatory new book State Secret, comes another piece of original research into JFK’s assassination:

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DId the CIA destroy an Oswald tape?

Probably.  A  tape recording of man identifying himself as Oswald was probably destroyed in January 1986. This question, prompted by a comment from reader JSA, is a natural follow up to the question, “Did the CIA track Oswald before JFK was killed?”

Some thing the tape may still exist but I think the evidence suggests otherwise. What is certain is that contrary to the false claims of the CIA, the tape existed after November 22, 1963.
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Justice Dept. denies CIA officer was honored for JFK cover-up

A Justice Department official denied in a federal court filing last month that undercover officer George Joannides received a CIA medal for deceptive actions related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 49 years ago but the claim cannot be verified.

Joannides medal

Retired CIA officer George Joannides (left) received the Career Intelligence Medal from deputy CIA director Bobby Ray Inman on July 15, 1981.    (Photo credit: CIA)

“The CIA has consistently challenged the notion that a career award could be seen as explicit or tacit approval of any one assignment in Joannides’s 30-year career,” asserted Ronald Machen, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, in a brief filed on Nov. 21 in the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Machen’s brief is the government’s latest legal salvo in my decade-old (today) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit over JFK assassination records. At issue are ancient but still-sensitive U.S. government documents related to the murder of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

In recent years, the CIA has grudgingly acknowledged that Joannides served as the Miami-based handler of a Cuban exile group whose members who had a series of encounters with accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald three months before JFK was killed.

The agency also acknowledges that Joannides served as the CIA’s principal coordinator with the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1978 but did not disclose his role in the events of 1963 to investigators.

“That concealment has fueled suspicion that Mr. Joannides’s real assignment was to limit what the House committee could learn about C.I.A. activities,” wrote reporter Scott Shane of the New York Times in 2009. Read more

Coming soon: Inside Oswald’s wallet

Seen at the crime: Dallas police officers handling Lee Oswald’s wallet

From Bill Simpich, author of the revelatory new book State Secret, comes another piece of original research into JFK’s assassination:

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Help a JFK whistleblower today

We know there’s a lot of information about JFK’s assassination that remains classified in CIA files.

We know from ten years of hard experience that the courts defer to the CIA and other national security agencies.

How to free the files? With Operation Secure Drop

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Did the Office of Naval Intelligence investigate Oswald?

The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) is still seeking to block release of records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The ONI, according to researacher Bill Kelly, is withholding records of its own internal investigations of Oswald after he defected to the Soviet Union in 1959 and after JFK was killed in 1963. The latter reports would be explosive if they showed that U.S. Marine Corps investigators doubted that Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy.

ONI representatives assert that America’s oldest intelligence service doesn’t have any such records. That claim is dubious, for a number of reasons.

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What RFK Jr. said about the murder of his uncle


This isn’t news but it’s still newsworthy.

ICYM: Operation Secure Drop

JFK Facts is taking assassination research to the next level by creating a secure communications channel for whistleblowers with access to illicitly classified information. Its called Secure Drop.

And you can help.

JFK Facts Top 5: Oswald and the theologians

The single most popular story on JFK Facts for the week of April 10-17 recounted how Lee Oswald apparently fired a rifle shot at Gen. Edwin Walker, a right-wing firebrand and critic of JFK, in April 1963. The second most popular story linked United Methodist minister Lance Moore and theologian James Douglass as a unique type of JFK author:

The top five:

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The late John Judge on JFK records

Asked in 1992 what he expected to find in still-closed JFK records, Judge replied,

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