CBS News and the U.K. Daily Mail are reporting that New York Times reporter Phil Shenon’s forthcoming book on the Warren Commission makes a “startling revelation:” that Fidel Castro was questioned by Warren Commission.
In fact, Anthony Summers, author of “Not in Your Lifetime,” broke the story about Castro’s meeting with Warren Commission staffer William Coleman in The Times of London on January 7, 2006. (You can read the story here.)
So what does this episode tell us about the JFK story in 2013?
Point #1, Kudos to Shenon for confirming Summers’s reporting.
Point #2, Bob Schieffer and other avatars of major U.S. news organizations are not always up to date on the latest research about the JFK assassination story.
Point #3: Shenon’s book shows that William Coleman, a distinguished lawyer, felt compelled to tell a public lie in his letter to Summers. I don’t know why Coleman denied the story; maybe he will comment more candidly now. I think it is safe to say that Coleman denied the story because he thought there were “national security” implications to the Castro meeting that required secrecy.
Coleman’s misleading letter, written 40 years after the assassination, is one more piece of evidence that JFK’s murder in 1963 was a “national security event” whose details remain sensitive in the 21st century.