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?
My view is that the record shows that that top CIA officials, led by deputy director Richard Helms and counterintelligence chief James Angleton, obstructed the investigation of the death of the president. If the president was killed by one man, alone and unaided, why conceal evidence that would support that conclusion? The most plausible conclusion is that the evidence witheld and destroyed did not support that conclusion. More likely, Helms and Angleton sought to conceal their own responsibility for the president’s wrongful death in an effort to protect their positions of power and their reputations. They succeeded.