The Endless CIA-Oswald Coverup

Another JFK assassination anniversary arrives with still buried secrets


That the CIA had an unacknowledged relationship of sorts with Lee Harvey Oswald remains buried in top secret files, 58 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

This is a national disgrace. If, as the deeply flawed Warren Commission report stated, Kennedy was assassinated by Oswald alone, that the murder was not the result of a conspiracy, what can the CIA be hiding that needs to be kept secret all these decades later? We’ve known for years now that the agency had Oswald under surveillance—a fact which it hid from the public. But what else is could it be hiding?

After President Joe Biden kicked the declassification can down the road once again last month, I called up JFK assassination expert Jefferson Morley, a former Washington Post reporter who has written two well received books relating to the CIA and Oswald. What are they hiding? I asked.

“They're hiding three things. One is details of Operation Northwoods, which was a secret Pentagon-CIA plan to provoke a war with Cuba in 1963,” he told me.

“They are hiding the CIA's pre-assassination file on Lee Harvey Oswald, which was far more extensive than any investigators were told. And they're hiding a couple of CIA station histories, the Miami station and the Mexico City station, which were very involved in the events leading up to the assassination and afterwards…and they're hiding material about their activities in New Orleans and Miami in 1963, also relevant to the assassination. And finally, some of the redacted documents concern the CIA plot to assassinate Fidel Castro…”

That’s a lot, concealed in some “15,000 documents containing redactions that have never been made public,” Morley said.

Listen to the fascinating Jefferson Morley segment on the SpyTalk podcast, here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

And while you’re there, stick around for my co-host Jeanne Meserve’s absolutely riveting interview with former FBI agent and homeland security official Erroll Southers, an authority on extremism and law enforcement at USC.

Alienated, racist, violent, Qanon-following cops “hate to be called terrorists,” he says, but when he tells them that they fit the mold, “then there’s a pause.”

All this on SpyTalk, the podcast. Lend us your ears.