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Compelling new evidence of a Cuban Communist role in the assassination of former president John F. Kennedy has come to light, but has received little attention in the U.S. media.

It comes at a time when there has been renewed interest in the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II and the alleged Soviet role behind that. 

Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II, was released from jail in Istanbul, Turkey, after nearly 25 years in prison. Most of the reports labeled him as being from the far-right, because for a time he was a member of a militant nationalist group in Turkey. At best, the reports have said that because of Ali Agca’s changing stories, we still don’t know who was behind the attempted assassination.

But at his trial, the Italian prosecutors made the case that he was in fact carrying out an operation by the Bulgarian secret service. The act took place in 1981, during the height of the Cold War. If the Bulgarian secret service was involved, it was clearly on behalf of the Soviet Union and its intelligence service, the KGB.

Accuracy in Media commented here and here on evidence that was later presented on the CBS 60 Minutes program, making a strong case that the Soviets were ultimately behind the assassination attempt. The Soviets saw the Polish-born Pope as a threat to the survival of the Soviet empire, and they were right.

In the Kennedy matter, the big news comes from a German TV documentary that claims that the Cuban government was behind the assassination of former president John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. The film is called “Rendezvous With Death,” by award winning director Wilfried Huissman. It took five years to make, and reports suggest that it makes a compelling case.

Among those talking on camera is Oscar Marino, a former Cuban intelligence agent. He says that the Cubans wanted Kennedy dead because he had opposed the Cuban revolution, and had tried to have Castro assassinated. Marino told Huissman that he knew for certain that the Cuban secret service G2 had carried out and financed the operation, though he wouldn’t say if Castro had directly ordered it. But under Castro’s brutal dictatorship, which has endured for nearly half a century, it is not conceivable that this would have happened without his blessing. As Marino described it, Oswald “was so full of hate, he had the idea. We used him.”

According to Marino, the Cubans contacted Oswald after being tipped off by their patrons, the Soviet KGB. Oswald had lived there for three years after deserting from the U.S. military. There he married the niece of a KGB colonel. He was allowed to return to the U.S. and bring his wife with him. He continued to call himself a Communist, and demonstrated on behalf of Cuba. And as a Marine, he had been sharpshooter, thus capable of hitting the intended target from the Texas Schoolbook Depository, where he went to work. Marino said that Oswald offered to kill the president. He said that Oswald traveled to Mexico City in September 1963 where he met up with Cuban agents who paid him $6,500 to carry out the assassination.

Shortly after Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, a Cuban connection was investigated. The trail led to Mexico City. An FBI agent by the name of Laurence Keenan was sent to Mexico City, but he was recalled after only three days. Keenan is now 81, and he also spoke to Huissman for the documentary. “I realized that I was used,” Keenan said. “I felt ashamed. We missed a moment in history.” Keenan called it “perhaps the worst investigation the FBI was ever involved in.”

Alexander Haig, then a military adviser to President Johnson, went on camera to say that LBJ believed Cuba was responsible, but he believed that if the evidence came out of a Castro link to the Kennedy murder, it would turn the country to the right politically, and keep the Democrats out of power for years to come. Added Haig: “He (Johnson) said ‘we must simply not allow the American people to believe Fidel Castro could have killed our president.'”

Thanks to the Internet and Google News in particular, it is easy to find a few articles on this new documentary from the BBC and The Australian and other papers from around the world. In this country there were stories in, The Washington Times, and Miami But nothing was carried on the major broadcast networks, the New York Times or the Washington Post.

Human Events had the most comprehensive report on the film, including director Huissman’s claim that LBJ was concerned that if we followed the trail and it led to the Cuban government, the pressure would have been intense for the U.S. to invade Cuba, possibly sparking a world-wide nuclear conflict with Castro’s patron, the Soviet Union.

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