The CIA, anti-Castro Cuban exile, Lee Harvey Oswald connection with the JFK assassination
The history behind the connection of the CIA, anti-Castro Cuban exiles Lee Harvey Oswald and the John F. Kennedy assassination is summarized here by Jack Duffy, author of The Man From 2063.
Throughout the summer of 1963 in camps on the Florida mainland and on islets and cays off the coast, Cuban exile fighters continued training for action under CIA control.
One Cuban Bay of Pigs veteran said “We use the tactics, we learned from the CIA because we were trained by them to do everything. We were trained to set off a bomb, we were trained to kill.”
In late September 1963 three men appeared at the apartment of a Cuban woman named Silvia Odio. Two of the men were Cuban and the other man was an American. The leader of the group introduced himself as “Leopoldo.” He introduced the other Cuban as “Angelo” and the American as “Leon Oswald.”
Leopoldo said the men were on a trip and that they were working with the blessing of the Cuban Revolutionary Council. “Leopoldo” said his group was trying to raise funds for anti-Castro operations and wanted her help.
She told them no and they left in a red car.
Within 48 hours “Leopoldo” telephoned Ms. Odio. He asked her “What did you think of the American?” Odio said she had no opinion. “Leopoldo” said “Well, you know, he’s a Marine, an ex-Marine and an expert marksman. He’s kind of loco, kind of nuts. He could do anything-like getting underground in Cuba, like killing Castro. The American says we Cubans don’t have any guts. He says we should have shot President Kennedy after the Bay of Pigs. He says we should do something like that.” The conversation ended and Silvio Odio never heard from him again.
Odio felt at the time that there was something wrong, something sinister and deliberate about the phone call. “Immediately,” she recalls, ‘I suspected there was some sort of scheme or plot.”
When Odio saw Lee Harvey Oswald’s picture on TV on Nov. 22, 1963 she recognized Oswald as the American who had been with the two Cubans at her apartment. This incident proves a connection between Oswald and anti-Castro Cubans in the weeks before the assassination.
On the morning after the assassination, a Dallas police detective wrote a report on a lead he had received from an informant. It was that someone named “Oswald” had attended meetings of an anti -Castro movement at an address in Dallas. The informant reported that Cubans in the group had left that address in the past few days. The house in question was later found to be the local headquarters for Alpha 66, a militant Cuban exile group.
Lee Harvey Oswald printed up pro-Castro propaganda leaflets. On the leaflets was printed Fair Play For Cuba, 544 Camp St. New Orleans, LA. The house at this address was a shabby three story relic of the 19th century. Until the summer of 1963 its recent tenants had included the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the umbrella organization of the anti-Castro exiles, and Guy Banister Associates, a detective agency which was, in fact, a known meeting place for Cuban exiles and their links to American intelligence.
Senator Richard Schweiker remarked about Intelligence on 544 Camp Street by saying “it means that for the first time in the whole Kennedy assassination investigation we have evidence which places at 544 Camp Street intelligence agents, Lee Oswald, the mob, and anti-Castro Cuban exiles. It puts all these elements together in a way that has never been done before.”
Congressional investigations in the 1970′s identified an element of the CIA, or one of the tentacles of U.S. intelligence as having been behind anti-Castro Cuban exiles.
Antonio Veciana, the founder of Alpha 66, worked with a shadowy CIA agent whose code name was “Maurice Bishop.” “Bishop” told Veciana in 1963 that ”the best thing for this country was that Kennedy and his advisors should not be running it.” Months after “Bishop” uttered those words, according to Veciana, he saw him in the company of Lee Harvey Oswald.
These actual incidents are portrayed in “The Man From 2063.”