JFK memo: Lee Harvey Oswald had no CIA connection

Allegations that the assassin who killed President John F. Kennedy worked for the CIA are “completely unfounded,” according to government documents released Friday.

The Associated Press reported that a 1975 CIA memo released as part of Friday’s release of 676 documents pertaining to the investigation reveals the agency conducted an internal review of records to determine whether Oswald was connected to the agency in “any conceivable way.”


According to the memo, the search came up empty, and there was no evidence Oswald was used by any other government agency.

The document cache released Friday did contain a number of theories regarding Oswald’s motivation and potential plans.

Other documents released Friday question whether Oswald was interested in peacefully emigrating to the Soviet Union or was rather planning an escape route for use after Kennedy’s assassination.

Officials said that while it looked like Oswald “was then thinking only about a peaceful change of residence to the Soviet Union, it is also possible that he was getting documented to make a quick escape after assassinating the president.”

Another memo released Friday reports that then-Assistant Secretary for Inter-American affairs Thomas Mann “still has the ‘feeling in his guts’ that (Cuban leader Fidel) Castro hired Oswald to kill Kennedy. They said, however, that the commission has not been able to get any proof of that.”

President Trump has ordered the release of all records related to the JFK assassination, including those previously heavily redacted, which are expected to be released in batches over the next three to four weeks. 

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