Robarge’s account may give credence to some of the conspiracy theories that have long swirled around JFK’s death:
Let’s say we leave the conspiracy theories out of it for now and stick to the facts, ma’am.
CIA historian David Robarge now speaks of a “benign JFK cover-up” after JFK was killed. The CIA, in this account, wasn’t really sure that the communist Oswald killed the liberal president. They just decided that was the “best truth” they could find at the time. Not the whole truth, mind you, just the best truth.
With some artful spin, the Agency spokesmen are now conceding an important point first made by CIA critics:
that the Warren Commission report about the assassination of JFK is fundamentally inaccurate because of CIA misconduct.
Robage’s declassified history, reported by Politico, claims the official inquiry still managed to locate the one and only guy responsible for the ambush of the presidential motorcade on November 22, 1963. But Robarge acknowledges the Commission’s understanding of key issues was blinded by the actions of certain high-ranking CIA officials.
In Washington-speak, the U.S. government and the CIA are acknowledging something important that the JFK research community has been saying for a long time: The U.S. government in 2015 cannot say with much confidence who killed JFK in 1963 because the agency withheld key information: about plots to kill Castro and what certain top officers learned about Oswald six weeks before JFK was killed.
And a spokesman for the CIA, the agency’s own historian, is willing to say this publicly.
During the Watergate scandal, factual disclosures forced the Nixon White House to walk back a long line of White House statements denouncing the Washington Post. Previous statements, said spokesman Ron Zeigler, were “no longer operative.” I think we are inching closer to the moment when the CIA acknowledges that its previous statements on JFK are no longer operative.
In any case, the agency’s evolving position on the JFK conspiracy question is evolving into national news story as we draw closer to October 2017.