Fidel Castro on JFK’s assassination

“First of all, nobody ever goes that way for a visa. Second, it costs money to go that distance. He (Oswald) stormed into the embassy, demanded the visa, and when it was refused to him, headed out saying ‘I’m going to kill Kennedy for this.’…..What is your government doing to catch the other assassins? It took about three people.”

Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro, quoted in Warren Commission Document 1359, reporting on a conversation which an informant named “SOLO” had with the Cuban leader in June 1964.

Operation SOLO was the FBI’s penetration of the Communist Party USA via the brothers Jack and Morris Childs.

According to John Newman, Morris was the likely source of CD 1359. Castro is not the only source of the curious story that Oswald threatened Kennedy’s life in the Cuban Embassy.

See Peter Dale Scott’s Deep Politics II, chapter 8.


  1. John Kirsch says:

    If the scenario Castro described, ie, a supposedly angry Oswald making a scene by vowing to kill JFK, is true, it would be part of a pattern of behavior whereby Oswald apparently tried very publicly to draw attention to himself. I’m thinking primarily of his odd activities in New Orleans. The question in my mind is, why was Oswald apparently trying to hard to draw attention to himself?

    • Dave says:

      Oswald was being “sheep-dipped” (as Jim Garrison put it) as an unstable loser and Marxist by his rogue CIA handlers (including David Atlee Phillips, James Angleton) for an end game much more sinister than he was led to believe. With his fake Commie persona, and his real intelligence role, he was likely among a number of such individuals who were available to be set up as a useful patsy on relatively short notice. After all, in the spy-world, it’s a “wilderness of mirrors”, and as Angleton himself said, “a mansion has many rooms … I’m not privy to who struck John.” The Legend for LHO is thus created, the Official Story is put out in the media within hours, and the Patsy is then eliminated. Dead men tell no tales. Hello LBJ, and good night America, thanks for coming out!

  2. Bill Kelly says:

    Others Did Go That Way – National Security Agency defectors Martin and Mitchell, ex-Navy men, went to USSR via Mexico City and Cuba, via a network that LHO may have been trying to replicate, so it’s not true nobody ever goes that way. Martin and Mitchell did.


  3. Arnaldo M. Fernandez says:

    Jack Childs is actually the source, and his original report was declassified on 2012. Newman deemed a mystery that Oswald voiced such a threat while both Mexican employee at the Cuban Consulate, Sylvia Duran, and the two Cuban consuls denied having heard it. But a new approach can help to unravel the mystery:

  4. Jonathan says:

    I don’t believe Castro ever made this statement. Jack Childs SAID he did. Also said Castro was relying entirely on information from M.C. embassy personnel. Which personnel?

    Castro always has believed JFK was killed by insiders, not Oswald. Why would he make a statement so incriminating of Oswald? Doesn’t make sense.

    • Arnaldo M. Fernandez says:

      I believe Castro made this statement because Childs also reported that Castro pointed out:
      “I was told this by my people in the Embassy exactly how he (Oswald) stalked in and walked in and ran out. That in itself was a suspicious movement, because nobody comes to an Embassy for a visa (they go to a Consulate)”. This statement is consistent with Castro’s point of view that Oswald was involved in some intelligence operation in Mexico City, although he didn’t fire a shoot at Dealey Plaza.
      And Childs summed up the case to Hoover: “Castro had nothing to do with the assassination.”
      The Embassy personnel means both the Ambassador De Armas and the DGI Center Chief Mirabal. Who else is needed? Even an indirect source like American-born Mexican artist Elizabeth Mora has reported that Cuban Cultural Attaché saw Oswald at the Embassy (not the Consulate). Oswald should have voiced the threat here, not at the Consulate, and that´s why neither the Cuban consuls nor their Mexican employee heard anything.
      The official Cuban position on Oswald appeared in the works of General Escalante —the Head of Castro´s State Security Department turned historian of idem— and in this brief essay:

    • Gerry Simone says:

      I think he’s being facetious about Oswald as a lone assassin.

      He expresses doubt that Oswald would go there in the first place for a Visa to Cuba, have the money to pay for it, and then announce to everyone there his threat to murder the POTUS.

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