Accuracy in Media

Former CIA officer Brian Latell’s new book, Castro’s Secrets, includes the revelation that Fidel Castro knew Lee Harvey Oswald was going to kill President Kennedy. The book deserves far more attention that it has received and adds to an existing body of evidence that Castro not only had foreknowledge of the plot to kill JFK but was actually behind it, most likely with Soviet backing.

Latell has many more explosive revelations from his Cuban source, Florentino Aspillaga, a highly decorated Cuban intelligence officer who defected in 1987 from the Directorate General of Intelligence (DGI). These include:

  • Castro had a “supermole” in the “upper reaches of the government” in Washington, D.C. This mole was so high up that he was “burrowed in at either the CIA or the Pentagon” and may still be in place.
  • Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives were “recruited” by the Cubans. Congress has been “a major target of Cuban intelligence operations.”
  • Another defector, Gerardo Peraza, has said Cuban intelligence has made “clandestine inroads within the US Senate,” but he was stopped from putting the evidence on the public record.
  • Castro’s military forces and intelligence agency played key roles in the 1979 overthrow of the government of Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua. This occurred under the administration of Democrat Jimmy Carter, who then extended U.S. aid to the communist Sandinistas taking power.
  • Chilean terrorists were trained by Cuba to assassinate Chile’s anti-communist president, Augusto Pinochet, who had overthrown the Marxist Salvador Allende.

In his book, as well as at an appearance at the Heritage Foundation, Latell states that:

Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and/or his brother Adan were likely recruited by Castro’s intelligence service years ago, which helps explain why the Venezuelan intelligence service today operates as an “adjunct” of the DGI and is “one of the best intelligence services” in the Western hemisphere.

  • Cuban intelligence is “really good” and was “eating our lunch,” in terms of the intelligence war, prior to Aspillaga’s defection.
  • Dozens of Cuban agents have been exposed and neutralized but there are still probably “hundreds of Cuban agents working for Fidel and against American interests” in the U.S. as government moles, professors, and in other capacities.
  • The Cuban interests section in Washington, D.C. is populated mostly by “skilled” and “trained” intelligence agents.
  • Alan Gross, the American foreign aid worker being held hostage by the Cuban government “is not a spy.”

In a previous article, we discussed Latell’s report about an American university professor who went on the Venceremos Brigades to Cuba and recruited one of her students for the DGI. Veterans of the communist group have attained high positions in the AFL-CIO.

Castro’s role in the JFK murder has been the subject of controversy for decades. In 2009, on one of the Sunday interview programs, ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson said that he wanted to ask Fidel Castro before he died, “Did you do it? Meaning November 22, 1963.” This was the date of Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of JFK.

The answer, as Latell’s book makes clear, is that Kennedy was considered early on to be an enemy of the Cuban communist revolution, and that the Kennedy brothers had tried to kill Castro. For his part, Oswald was a pro-Castro Marxist activist who had traveled to the Soviet Union and had gone to the Cuban consulate in Mexico City on three occasions between September 27 and October 2, 1963, seeking a visa to travel to Cuba. During one of these visits, he proclaimed, “I’m going to kill Kennedy.”

Latell, who served as National Intelligence Officer for Latin America at the Central Intelligence Agency, cites evidence from various sources, including other defectors and an FBI mole in the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

He notes evidence that Oswald listened to inflammatory English-language shortwave radio broadcasts from Havana and read the CPUSA’s paper The Worker and the Socialist Workers Party paper The Militant. These sources attacked the U.S. for plotting to overthrow Castro. Pages from Oswald’s diary, reproduced in the book, include contact information for the Cuban and Soviet embassies in Mexico City.

On the morning of Kennedy’s death, Aspillaga was operating Cuban intercept equipment that was focused on Miami, home of the anti-Castro Cubans, and CIA headquarters in Langley. He was told to redirect the antennas toward Texas. “About four hours later the shots rang out in Dallas,” Latell notes.

Aspillago told Latell, “They knew Kennedy would be killed…Fidel knew.”

Not surprisingly, Saul Landau and the left-wing activists at the Marxist Institute for Policy Studies fault Latell for refusing to accept Castro’s denials of involvement in or knowledge of the plot.

Latell says the defector has an “impeccable reporting record” when it comes to evidence of Cuban intentions and plans. He says the denials emanating from Castro were “propaganda” and DGI “active measures campaigns.” Castro blamed the CIA for Kennedy’s death.

Ominously, he says that the “remarkable story was squirreled away” by the U.S. government, apparently because it would have led to “a clamoring for punitive action” against Castro.

This was confirmed by Herman O. Bly, a retired FBI special agent, who wrote the 1998 book, Communism, the Cold War, and the FBI Connection. He wrote, “…I believe the heads of the FBI, CIA, and President Johnson wanted the Oswald case brought to a conclusion as fast as possible as they did not want another crisis with the Soviet Union so soon after the Cuban missile crisis.”

As Latell notes, the DGI worked closely with the Soviet intelligence service, the KGB. This makes Bly’s information about the Soviet KGB personnel in Mexico City having a possible connection to Oswald very interesting.

Bly retired from the FBI in 1963, after 23 years in the Bureau, and was then hired by Dr. Lothar Metzle, who ran the CIA unit known as the Communist International Group (CIG).

Bly said, “In the spring of 1965, I was sent to Mexico City to review all the files on Soviet personnel in Mexico which were located at the U.S. Embassy…During the course of my review…I ran across the following information that related to Lee Harvey Oswald and the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I was somewhat startled to learn that when Oswald was arrested in Dallas in November 1963, he was asked if he wanted an attorney. Oswald reportedly replied, ‘Yes, I want attorney Abt.’ It turns out that John Abt was the New York City attorney who Oswald understood was counsel for the CP [Communist Party] USA. Abt reportedly never returned the call.”

Bly went on, “Colonel Rudolf Abel, a suspected key Soviet KGB agent, was arrested in New York City on 21 June, 1957. At the time of Abel’s arrest, much espionage evidence was located in his room at the Hotel Latham. When he was arrested he also reportedly indicated he wanted attorney Abt. Colonel Abel was convicted of espionage and served his prison sentence until 1962, when he was exchanged for U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers after long negotiations by attorney James Donovan.”

“When Oswald visited the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City in 1963,” Bly went on, “the man he went to see was the Soviet official in charge of issuing visas. This seemed quite reasonable, as the excuse Oswald gave for visiting the Embassy was to obtain a visa to visit Cuba. The irony of this situation is that the Soviet official in charge of issuing visas was also the KGB Soviet espionage agent reportedly connected with KGB Department 13 activities, which included assassinations.”

Perhaps because they figured they would be implicated in the murder, along with Castro and the DGI, the Soviets tried to mask their connection to Oswald by publishing through a KGB front company, Marzani and Munsell, the book, Oswald, Assassin or Fall Guy. It attempted to blame right-wingers for the Kennedy assassination.

A review of the book by “American journalist” Victor Perlo in the Soviet New Times weekly said it rebutted the “myth” that Oswald was a communist. It turned out that Perlo was a Communist Party USA member and Soviet agent. His daughter-in-law was CPUSA Official Joelle Fishman, who is currently a leading figure in the progressive movement and a prominent backer of President Obama.


  • Roberto Enrique Benitez

    Perhaps you might want to consider that the US tried a number of times to assassinate Castro. We also tried to invade Cuba thru surrogates and use chemical warfare to damages its crops.

    However, we missed. Castro didn’t.

    The Soviets wanted him gone because of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    As for the CIA, it’s true that they were miffed at Kennedy because he called off the the follow up airstrikes on Cuba’s bombers after the first one failed. The Navy pulled out of the operation due to that failure. So the surviving Cuban bombers were able to pin down the invaders on the beach long enough to allow Cuban tanks to surround them.

    By the way, the privately owned FED bank was upset because of JFK’s EO to return the authorization to print money to the Treasury. The Mob was mad because JFK lost then their Caribbean Las Vegas and that JFK also slept with a Mob boss’ mistress. There was also JFK’s desire to not expand the war in Southeast Asia.

    So by and large there were many who wanted him out of the way far more than LBJ.

  • Headbangerguy

    I blame Bush. 

  • Ted

    This is probably the most likely scenario of all … it would be no surprise to many if true … and it would be no surprise to many if Russian operatives in Cuba at the time were involved … nor if Oswald was actually recruited to do the job during the time he spent in Russia.  Although far less public … the Cold War was as vicious as is the murderous reign of the drug lords in Mexico.

  •  You have a sense of humor!

  • US has been strong.  However,  in last 50 years or so, witnessed attack from outside at  door step. If one mentions , The Pearl harbour and the  26/11, the  Kennedy episode which , still  remains  unresolved  and   a mystery cannot be  excluded.Whatever be, it comes to  mind …….. ” Except the  Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” . – Bible 

  • J17ghs

    William J. Murray whose mother was the infamous atheist Madlyn Murray O’Hair wrote in his book “My Like without God” (1992) that his mother was ordered by the U.S. Communist party to go the local office and remove any reference of Lee Harvey Oswald. He wrote that similar offices around the country did the same thing, in particular, the one in New Orleans, where Oswald was registered. His mother, for those who don’t know, provided the law suit in Maryland that the Supreme Court used to rule that praying in school was unconstitutional.

  • Adaneves

    I always knew that Castro was behind JFK’s assassination and now it is confirmed. There is no mystery in it.

  • mikiestar

    JFK was negotiating detente with both Khrushchev and Castro when he was assassinated. They had nothing to do with the assassination. His own government killed him.

  • Another key point: Lee Harvey Oswald was U.S.
    intelligence and he shot NO ONE on 11/22/63. LBJ & CIA killed JFK.

    1) “Oswald and the CIA” book by John

    2) “Spy Saga: Lee Harvey Oswald and US Intelligence” book by Philip Melanson

    3) “History Will Not Absolve Us” by Martin Schotz (Chapter 5 “Oswald and U.S.
    Intelligence” by Christopher Sharrett)

    4) “Me and Lee” book by Judyth Vary Baker (Oswald’s mistress in New Orleans,
    summer 1963)

    5) “Destiny Betrayed” by Jim DiEugenio, Chapter 7 “On Instructions from His
    Government” (2012 edition)

    6) “A Certain Arrogance: U.S. Intelligence’s Manipulation of Religious Groups
    and Individuals in Two World Wars and the Cold War – and the Sacrificing of Lee
    Harvey Oswald” book by George Michael Evica

    7) “Accessories After the Fact” by Sylvia Meagher, Chapter 19 “Oswald and the
    State Department’”

    9) “Coup D’Etat in America: The CIA and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy”
    by Alan Weberman & Michael Canfield, Chapter 3 “Was Oswald a CIA Agent?”

    10) “Oswald in New Orleans: Case for Conspiracy with the CIA” by Harold

    12) “Oswald: The Truth” by Joachim Joesten (1967)

    13) Chapter 9 “Fingerprints of Intelligence” in “Reasonable Doubt” by Henry

    14) Chapter 14 “Oswald and the CIA” in “Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy” by
    Joachim Joesten

    15) Chapter 12 ” Was Oswald a Government Agent” in “Breach of Trust: How the
    Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why” by Gerald McKnight

    16) Chapter 13 “Spies” in “Farewell America” by James Hepburn

    17) Google “Lee Harvey Oswald’s reading habits summer 1963” by Judyth Vary

    18) Google ” Lee Harvey Oswald—a U.S. Intelligence Agent: The Evidence by Hal

    19) Google “The Death of a President by Eric Norden in The Minority of One,
    Jan, 1964”

    20) “The Search for Lee Harvey Oswald” by Robert Groden

  • When JFK was slaughtered, Russia’s Khrushchev was
    literally crying, fearing nuclear war. Cuba’s Castro worried and feared an US
    invasion and gave an impressive speech the next day deconstructing the CIA’s deception provocation for war. Meanwhile at Clint Murchison’s home, their family maid May Newman describes the scene: “The mood in the Murchison family home was very joyous and happy. For a whole week after like champagne and caviar flowed, every day of the week. But I was the only
    one in that household at that time that felt any grief for his assassination.”

  • stevor

    Yes, I agree but most folks will think you’re nuts for saying so. I have a recording of his mistress (yes, he had a mistress) who told all about how the whole “gang” plotted to do it.

  • ryncj

    I would imagine that just because the soviets fell, doesn’t mean many of them weren’t still around, such as Putin. I would think they would destroy any evidence.

  • ryncj

    How do you explain how every time we tried getting rid of him, he always knew we were coming? Someone very high up?

  • ryncj


  • stevor

    I can’t explain anything. I’m just a dummy trying to figure out what happened when I was a kid by reading up and watching videos by those who spent MANY HOURS trying to figure it out.
    However it happened and by whom, it probably involved a LOT of people with a lot of power (and the ability to make witnesses keep quiet)