Did the Office of Naval Intelligence conduct a secret Oswald investigation?
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.
ONI, writes Kelly at JFKcountercoup:
seems to have misplaced all of its records related to the assassination of President Kennedy, the records of the Dallas ONI office, the investigative records and reports of the defection to the Soviet Union of former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald, the investigative reports of the assassination and the files of its director at the time – Admiral Rufus Taylor.
The ONI has been playing this game for decades. When the Assassination Records Review Board tried to get these materials in the 1990s, a helpful ONI staffer located them, only to be laid off by her bosses who curbed her efforts to review ONI files. The ONI later said the documents did not exist.
Thanks to Kelly we now know they did exist, as recently as 1998. We even know exactly what sort of records they were: a standard ONI form called “a 119 report.” Numerous credible witnesses have said that they generated or received “119 reports” on Oswald in 1959 and in 1963.
This is not a conspiracy theory. Rather, it is a granular story of how the U.S. government actually functions. It’s a story about how sensitive JFK records actually get censored in the 21st century.