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Newly Released Movie Pins Blame on Castro for JFK’s Assassination

Another theory has arisen on to the death of America’s 35th President John F. Kennedy. A newly released film that explores JFK’s death is claiming that his accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was directed and paid to kill the president by Cuba’s Castro government.

A German documentary film entitled “Rendezvous with Death —why Kennedy had to die” will be shown on German television on Friday. Journalist Wilfried Huismann, the filmmaker, says Kennedy’s killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, traveled to Mexico City a few weeks before the assassination and met agents from Cuba’s G-2 intelligence service.

Huismann told Germany’s Deutsche Welle radio, “We settled the question of why in three years of research on this documentary in Mexico, USA and Cuba. Oswald had been an agent for the Cuban intelligence services since November 1962.”

“He (Oswald) was a political fanatic and allowed himself to be used by the Cuban intelligence services to kill John F. Kennedy,” said Huismann. “It was a Cuban reaction to the repeated attempts of the Kennedy brothers, above all the younger Kennedy, Robert, to get rid of Fidel Castro through political assassination — a duel between the Kennedys and the Castros, which, like in a Greek tragedy, left one of the duelists dead.”

Several have said since the Kennedy assassination that Cuban intelligence officials contacted Oswald after he was alerted by the Soviets intelligence agency the KGB in 1962. He returned to the United States after living in the Soviet Union for several years. One source has told this writer that Oswald met in Mexico City with some Castro operatives’ just days before JFK died.

Huismann was asked why the United States did not pursue the Mexican lead.

“Kennedy and Castro were out to kill each other,” Huismann says.

“After Kennedy’s death on Nov. 22, 1963,” Huismann continued, “[President] Lyndon B. Johnson found out that the US had a secret, illegal murder program focused on Fidel Castro. He hadn’t been informed before that.”

“He (Johnson) knew that Castro knew, and he was afraid that the discovery of these mutual assassination attempts could force him to carry out an invasion of Cuba, which he believed could result in a third — nuclear — world war. And as a conservative pragmatist, he (Johnson) decided within a few hours, in agreement with Robert Kennedy, to drop the whole thing and to ban FBI and CIA officials from pursuing the trail leading to Cuba,” said Huismann.

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig says in the film that President Johnson believed Cuba was to blame and feared a pronounced swing to the right if the truth were known that would keep the Democrats out of power for a long time.

Haig — a US military adviser at the time — said, "He (Johnson) said ‘we must simply not allow the American people to believe Fidel Castro could have killed our president’.

"He (Johnson) was convinced Castro killed Kennedy and he took it to his grave," Haig concluded.

Before he left office in 1969, President Johnson had told ABC News commentator Howard K. Smith, “Kennedy was out to get Castro but Castro got him.

Meanwhile, BBC Radio quoted ex-Cuban agent Oscar Marino, as saying that Havana had “exploited” Lee Harvey Oswald, who was arrested but shot to death on live television before he was transported from the Dallas police jail to the Dallas County jail.

Conspiracy theories on the killing have variously accused Cuba, Russia and the US of acting alone or jointly.

However, an FBI officer sent to follow the Oswald’s trail during a visit to Mexico was recalled after only three days and the investigation called off.

Laurence Keenan, now 81, told BBC that it was "perhaps the worst investigation the FBI was ever involved in".

"I realized that I was used. I felt ashamed. We missed a moment in history," Keenan said.

Lee Harvey Oswald, an ex-Marine sharpshooter who worked in a book depository building that overlooked the assassination site. Oswald had a Russian wife, called himself a Communist and agitated on behalf of Castro’s Cuba.

The film was five years in the making and will be shown on Germany’s main ARD public TV station. It was funded by a series of German public broadcasters as well as Japan’s NHK television network.

Huismann concluded, “It’s history. Only people’s awareness will change, the impression they have. And it will provide an answer to the question that has very much upset many million people over the years: Why did this horrible thing happen?”

Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, over a year after he faced off with Castro and Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev over the placement of missiles in Cuba in what became known as the “Cuban Missile Crisis.” The Soviet Union removed those missiles even though in later years several people contended that many of those missiles were left behind.

Shortly after Kennedy’s death, President Johnson appointed a commission headed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren to investigate the assassination. One of the commission members was then House Republican Leader and later President Gerald R. Ford.

The Warren report concluded that Oswald for Kennedy’s the assassination. The commission could not find any persuasive evidence of a conspiracy, either domestic or foreign involving any other persons, groups, or countries. The theory that Oswald acted alone is also informally called the lone gunman theory.

The commission also concluded that only three bullets were fired during the assassination, and that Lee Harvey Oswald fired all three bullets from the Texas School Book Depository behind the motorcade. It noted that three empty shells were found in the sixth floor sniper’s nest in the book depository, and the rifle was found with one live cartridge left in its chamber on the sixth floor.

The commission released its report in 1964. Upon its release all commission files were sealed away from public view until 2039 by executive order of President Johnson. According to the 1992 Assassinations Records Review Board laws, other Kennedy all assassination related documents that have not been destroyed are scheduled to be released to the public by 2017.

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Mr. Burns worked for several years on Capitol Hill. He previously reported on Cuba and Latin America as a correspondent for Cybercast News Service and United Press International.

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