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Annals of secrecy: At height of missile crisis, Pentagon proposed assassination of Cuban officials

A newly declassified Pentagon study, published today by the non-profit National Security Archive, sheds new light on the thinking of U.S. military leaders at the height of the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962.

As President Kennedy searched for a solution that did not involve a war that might have gone nuclear, the Pentagon was itching to escalate.

Thread of the week: Why the CIA destroyed Oswald evidence

In trying to answer the question of Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev, “What really happened,” we drilled down on the life of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963, especially the U.S. government’s surveillance of the accused assassin that was not disclosed to the Warren Commission or to the House Select Committee on Assassinations.

We answered the questions, Did the CIA track Oswald before JFK was killed? (Yes). DId the CIA destroy a tape recording of someone identifying himself as “Lee Oswald” in Mexico City? (Yes). And were there pre-assassination CIA cables about Oswald that were never shown to investigators. (Probably).

What conclusions can we draw about this record on the 50th anniversary? …

Nikita Khrushchev: ‘What really happened?’

Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev with JFK.

“What really happened?”

– Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, expressing incredulity at the official account of JFK’s murder to journalist Drew Pearson during a meeting in May 1964. According to Pearson, Khrushchev was “utterly incredulous,” expressed “flat disbelief” and “did not believe that the American security services were this inept.”

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