November 22, 1963 is one of those days that people can tell you exactly where they were. They can recall, vividly, just what they were doing when the news broke that John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of The United States, had been assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
This horrific event has spawned numerous documentaries, television shows and movies, as well as a book by Stephen King. It is easily one of the most significant dates in American history.
At 12:30 PM, the president was riding in a motorcade. This is when Lee Harvey Oswald shot him to death. Oswald fired three shots from the 6th floor window of the Texas school book depository. One missed, but the other two struck Kennedy in the back, and in the head.
A special House committee, called the Warren commission, investigated and gathered so much information to try and piece together what exactly happened that day. As with any political event, there were conspiracy theories coming from every angle. There were speculations that it could have been an act of revenge from Cuba for failed attempts to kill Fidel Castro, or that it was a plot designed by the KGB to destabilize the US government. Many people did not believe that Oswald acted alone.
Much of the information gathered by the commission was released, about 98% of it. Two percent of it had been kept under lock and key for over 50 years. The remainder of the findings have now been declassified. Here are some new facts previously unreleased to the public.
#1. CIA lists of bounties for the murder of communists
It was possible that Oswald worked for the Cuban government, so there were documents about Cuba all throughout the information about the case. One such document detailed a plan by the CIA to destabilize Cuba by distributing pamphlets with a list of bounties for the murder or capture of communists. The higher up in the party, the higher the payment. Interestingly, the payout for Fidel Castro was only two cents.
#2. CIA was wanting to plan assassinate dictators in Cuba and Dominica in collaboration with the mafia
Another new item of information was the fact that the CIA was wanting to partner up with the local mob to assassinate the dictators from Cuba and Dominica, according to a document in 1975. Plans in Cuba to assassinate Castro were ascertained by the commission and it was also discovered that the CIA was shipping arms to the Dominican Republic, who wanted kill Trujillo. They also wanted to kill Patrice Lumumba, a Congolese leader. Also, they talked of killing the president of Indonesia, Sukarno.
#3. It was thought that Oswald was an agent with the KGB
Although it was denied by a KGB defector, the CIA believed Oswald to be an agent for the Russian agency. Yuri Nosenko testified before the Warren Comission denying the claims. One letter to the CIA said that Oswald was a message to the CIA and that massage was not related to the KGB. He also stated that they should consider his military experience and he was NOT working for the CIA for sure. CIA also said that KGB are definitely hiding something and most likely Oswald was their agent.