June 05, 2012

Briefing: Lee Harvey Oswald and Intelligence Wars

Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of John F. Kennedy, enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1956 and was trained as a radar operator. In 1957, he was assigned to Naval Air Base in Atsugi,Japan, which was the base for the top secret CIA U2 spy planes that flew over Russia.
In 1959, he left the Marine Corps and defected to Russia. During his time there, Oswald was under surveillance by the KGB. Yuri Nosenko (KGB), who defected to the US, told James Angleton (CIA) that KGB had been interested in Oswald in the beginning but then they had decided not to use him as a spy due to his mentally unstable condition.
He also said that the Russian agents had never tried to obtain any information from Oswald regarding his duty in the Marines. Nosenko insisted on Oswald not being a KGB spy even after he was kept in solitary confinement for more than 1000 days by the CIA.

On the other hand, another former KGB official, Anatoly Golitsyn, who defected to the CIA in 1961, believed Nosenko was lying. He had worked at the same departments as Nosenko but had never met him. However, another KGB defector, Fedora supported what Nosenko said about LHO and the KGB. The interesting thing here is that he confessed that some of the information he had provided to the CIA was false, such as his rank. Yet he didn't change his story about Oswald after spending 1000+ days in a non-heated cell with noone speaking to him.

What was the actual identity of Fedora? Who was telling the truth and who was lying?

Nosenko appears to be more credible than Golitsyn.He was probably only a disinformation agent and a phony defector. Golitsyn sometimes provided valuable information, but of course that is an old game in counterintel to make a phony defector appear genuine, while he sells some phony intel as well. Golitsyn was a defector that Angleton was enthralled with, and he seemed to take his every word as gospel truth. Some of Golitsyn's claims were simply absurd. For example, he believed that the split between the Russians and Chinese was merely a show to deceive the free world. He also said that British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was a Soviet spy. 

The possibility of Oswald being an intelligence agent is rather strong. When he returned to the US, he worked in several different places and finally, he started to work in the Texas School Book Depository Building five weeks prior to the assassination of John Kennedy.


The Warren Commission, formed by Lyndon Johnson to investigate the assassination, carried out a recreation to prove that Oswald (after firing three shots at the Kennedy motorcade from the 6th floor window) could have reached the 2nd floor lunch room in 90 seconds. What they proved was Oswald could have reached the second floor only by skipping two parts which are; wiping his fingerprints off the rifle and put it around the boxes in the opposite end of the 6th floor. The man who played the part of Oswald in the test, reached the lunch room in 90 seconds simply by pretending to fire the rifle, not wiping the prints and hiding the weapon.

The rifle – Italian made Mannlicher Carcano- found on the sixth floor was defective. Its scope was misaligned therefore unreliable.

Also, Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig, who was present on the 6th floor when the Carcano was found, reported that another rifle, a German Mauser, was found along with the Carcano. Many people have questioned Craig's credibility to date, yet he never changed his story until the day he died. At this point it is necessary to look into Craig’s account of what happened on 22/11/63.

For some assassination researchers, Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig was “a great American” (*).

Roger Craig was one of the most important witnesses to the JFK assassination. He was standing at the corner of Main and Houston streets at the time of the shooting. When it ended there was a huge chaos in Dealey Plaza. He ran towards the grassy knoll and followed a policeman towards the fence. The police in that area were telling people to back out of the railroad yard. Craig, then came across Arnold Rowland who told him he saw “two men in the sixth floor window of the School Book Depository, one of them had a rifle with a telescopic sight on it”. He called another policeman and turned Rowland over to him and left to check on a report that a bullet mark was found on a curb on Elm Street. There, Craig made an important observation.

Mr. Belin. All right. And then what did you see happen?
Mr. Craig. I saw a light-colored station wagon, driving real slow, coming west on Elm Street from Houston. Uh--actually, it was nearly in line with him. And the driver was leaning to his right looking up the hill at the man running down.
Mr. Belin. Uh-huh.
Mr. Craig. And the station wagon stopped almost directly across from me. And--uh--the man continued down the hill and got in the station wagon. And I attempted to cross the street. I wanted to talk to both of them. But the--uh--traffic was so heavy I couldn't get across the street. And--uh--they were gone before I could--
Mr. Belin. Where did the station wagon head?
Mr. Craig. West on Elm Street.
Mr. Belin. Under the triple underpass?
Mr. Craig. Yes.

Roger Craig, then went to the School Book Depository and joined the policemen who were looking for the murder weapon. He claimed till the day he died that the rifle found on the sixth floor was not a Carcano (the rifle Oswald allegedly used to kill JFK) but a Mauser.

Later in the day, Craig saw Oswald in the Dallas Police Department and told Captain Will Fritz that he was the man he saw getting in the station wagon and flee earlier. From Craig’s testimony :

---Fritz, then asked Oswald “ What about this station wagon?” Oswald replied "That station wagon belongs to Mrs. Paine. Don't try to tie her into this. She had nothing to do with it." Captain Fritz then told him, as close as I can remember, that "All we're trying to do is find out what happened, and this man saw you leave from the scene." And the suspect again interrupted Captain Fritz and said, "I told you people I did." And--uh--yeah--then, he said--then he continued and he said, "Everybody will know who I am now."---

Oswald’s last remark “Everybody will know who I am now” was not a brag –as Craig explains- but rather a dissappointment of someone whose cover was blown. (Mark Lane Documentary – Two Men in Dallas).

In 1967, Craig was fired from the Sheriff’s Department and several attempts were made on his life during the following years. He changed many jobs, also assisted Jim Garrison with his investigation (see Oliver Stone’s JFK). On 15 May 1975, Roger Craig committed suicide.

(*) : Forgive My Grief, Vol III, Penn Jones.

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