Philip Shenon’s appearance on Face the Nation today is a breakthrough in JFK assassination coverage in three ways.
As the author of the new book, A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination, Shenon is credited with breaking news about the JFK story. While the former New York Times reporter pledges allegiance to the old lone gunman theory (de riguer for a member of the Washington press corps), his new information clarifies troubling facts that many historians and journalists have preferred to avoid. Shenon’s book shows accused assassin Oswald was watched very closely by senior CIA officers in the months and weeks before Dallas, according to CBS News. Shenon has documented “extensive attempts by both the CIA and FBI to withhold just how much they knew about Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the weeks and months before he killed the president.”
Shenon is right about just how much the CIA and FBI knew about Oswald. This is the single most important new fact to emerge since Oliver Stone’s movie. I’ve emphasized that fact here on JFK Facts (see, for example, my January 8, 2103, post, “Did the CIA track Oswald before the assassination?”). I said the same thing to JFK conference at Duquesne University last week. Now CBS News and other news organizations are finally reporting the story. That’s new.
Another Shenon revelation is that Castro had a secret meeting with the Warren Commission in 1964, a meeting that the U.S. government has concealed for a half century. I’ll explain why in a coming post.
In a third revelation, credited to Shenon, concerns Win Scott, the chief of the CiA’s Mexico City Station in 1963. Shenon’s account builds on the story I told in my 2008 book, Our Man in Mexico.
As CBS News puts it:
“A section of Scott’s memoirs — which included details about the extent of the CIA’s monitoring of Oswald in Mexico — was only declassified in the 1990s, The agency photographed Oswald outside of the Cuban and Soviet embassies in Mexico City, and recorded his phone calls while he was in Mexico, evidence that never reached the commission. Scott’s memoirs also reveal that he thought there might have been a foreign conspiracy to kill Kennedy involving Oswald as a Communist agent, which contradicted what he told the Warren Commission.”
I told this story in Chapters 14-19 of Our Man in Mexico. I’m glad it is finally getting the attention it deserves. It confirms that disaffection with the Warren Commission’s conclusions reached the highest levels of the CIA, another fact major news organizations are often still loathe to admit in 2013.
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