In this piece for POLITICO Phil Shenon hews to the official theory of a lone gunman, but he makes an important point about the CIA’s changing JFK story. In 2013, the CIA’s Chief Historian David Robarge admitted the Agency had misled the American people about the man who supposedly killed Kennedy.
In fact, the CIA’s in-house historian conceded in 2013 that the spy agency, in its dealings with the Warren Commission, engaged in a “cover-up” of what it knew about Oswald. The historian’s report, released in time for the 50th anniversary of the assassination, found that senior leaders of the CIA intentionally hid information from Warren’s investigation, including about the Castro murder plots, in an attempt to keep the commission “focused instead on what the Agency believed at the time was the ‘best truth’ — that Lee Harvey Oswald for as yet undetermined motives, acted alone in killing John Kennedy.”
Although it came half a century too late, the historian’s admission on behalf of the CIA was a shocking one. That concession alone should be proof of why, today, the public is entitled to know what else might be hidden away in the Archives.
Here’s Robarge’s article, published in Studies in Intelligence, an open source CIA publication.