Was Oswald a CIA Operative or Not?

Jacob Hornberger
The Future of Freedom Foundation
November 20, 2013


OswaldIn response to growing public demands, led by JFKfacts.org, that the CIA release its still-secret, 50-year-old JFK-related records to the American people, the CIA has now issued a statement on the controversy. Even more significant, the issue has now reached the White House.

Citing McClatchy DC, JFKfacts.org reports: “‘I haven’t had a discussion with the president about Kennedy’s assassination — President Kennedy’s assassination,’ Press Secretary Jay Carney said. He said he’s also not talked with Obama about whether classified files that have not yet been released in the case should be released.”

Unfortunately, the CIA’s response to the controversy is the epitome of disingenuousness. Here is what CIA spokesman Edward Price stated:

CIA has followed the provisions of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, and the National Archives has all of the agency’s documents and files on the Kennedy assassination. The classified information contained in the files remains subject to the declassification provisions of the Act.

While Price is speaking bureaucratese, translated into English he’s saying that the technical aspects of the law do not require the CIA to disclose its JFK-related records to the public until 2017—four years from now and, even then, the CIA is entitled under the law to ask the president to extend the time again, based on grounds of “national security.”

Price just doesn’t get it. Everyone understands the terms of the law. What people are asking is a very simple question: After 50 years of secrecy on this matter, why not release the documents now instead of four years from now? The law does not prohibit early disclosure of these 50-year-old records.

In fact, I can’t understand why the people who defend the Warren Report remain so silent when it comes to this issue. What are they afraid of? Maybe the secret records will support their position. Why, even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is suggesting that it’s time to open up the files.

(Also, see this interesting article about Lee Harvey Oswald in the International Business Times:JFK Assassination: Just Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?” by Joseph Lazzaro.)

It’s always been a mystery to me how an assassination purportedly committed by a lone nut could be so deeply enveloped within the concept of “national security.” But whatever definition is given to this nebulous term, it is virtually impossible to come up with some realistic rationale as to how the release of 50-year-old JFK records is going to threaten “national security.”

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