The JFK Case: Oswald and His Twelve Handlers

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If you appreciate
gazing into the darkness, that’s all the more reason to gather around
the fire. This is a story about ghosts and spooks that haunt the
United States of America. When it’s over, I’m going to suggest that
we talk to the people in Washington who can help us make sure we
can get the end of the story right. Some of the last chapters are
written down and sitting in cold, unlit basements. And though this
story is filled with ghosts, some of the spooks are still alive
and can still talk.

With millions
of documents released in the years since the JFK Act was passed
in the nineties, the intelligence backgrounds of Oswald’s handlers
have come into focus. A handler can range from a "babysitter"
who just keeps an eye on the subject to someone handing out unequivocal
orders. I count twelve of them, and I’ll tell you about them here
in this series of essays.

Many of these
handlers did not know each other, and some of them know nothing
about the JFK assassination itself, but their stories when put together
can solve important puzzles. A couple of them are integral to the
plot. Now is the moment to sum up what we have, demand the rest,
and ask the right questions to those still alive. Although we may
never know who fired the shots at JFK, you may agree that the new
documents reveal who called the shots.

One important
clue revealed in the documents is that the CIA consciously used
Lee Harvey Oswald’s visa
requests for espionage purposes before JFK was assassinated. A CIA
office used Oswald as "bait" while simultaneously trying
to recruit Soviet officers and hunt for Soviet penetrators of the
CIA itself.

Several CIA
officials got Oswald got into the Soviet Union in 1959 with an "instant
visa" after sweetening up the Soviet consul in Helsinki. Otherwise
this Marine would have never got past Moscow’s border officials.

Oswald tried
this again when trying to re-enter the Soviet Union through Mexico
City. This time, he got used as part of a counter-espionage game
aimed at the Soviets and the Cubans. The story of these instant
visa searchesis in my essay The
Office that Spied on Its Own Spies

During Sunshine
Week in Washington DC (March 14–20), a number of researchers
and concerned citizens will call on the House Oversight Committee
to campaign for hearings that will bring more documents and the
living witnesses into the daylight. A new MLK Act, based on the
JFK Act, is also under discussion for immediate release of the King
case documents, presently locked up until 2029.

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23, 2010

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