Officials at the National Archives have made a point of trying to tamp down expectations that the latest batch of documents contain any major revelations. They have noted on multiple occasions that about 90% of the available records are already public. So what’s in there? Nestled inside the thousands of pages:
- The Soviets were worried ‘irresponsible’ Americans could launch a missile if Kennedy was killed. Soviet Union leaders also considered Oswald a “neurotic maniac who was disloyal to his own country and everything else.”
- Officials were looking for Oswald prior to the assassination.
- Oswald spoke to ‘member of KGB assassination unit.’ In a 1963 call intercepted in Mexico City, Oswald asked if there was “anything new concerning the telegram to Washington.”
- In the wake of Kennedy’s assassination, the Cuban ambassador to the US is said to have reacted with “happy delight."
- FBI warned Dallas police of threat to kill Oswald - The FBI warned Dallas police of a death threat to Lee Harvey Oswald, according to a memo by director J Edgar Hoover, but the police failed to protect him.
- The FBI was concerned about conspiracy theories from the start.
- A British newspaper was warned in advance. Less then 30 minutes before the shooting, a reporter with “Cambridge Evening News” got a call and was told to call the US Embassy for “some big news.”
The documents are available on the National Archives website, which you can find HERE.
For a recap of the prevailing conspiracy theories, CLICK HERE.