Newly released documents regarding the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy show that the CIA intercepted a call, initiated by Lee Harvey Oswald just over a month prior to the event, to the department in the KGB that handled “sabotage and assassinations.” Oswald spoke with Valeriy Vladimirovich Kostikov, asking whether there was “anything new concerning the telegram to Washington.”
As reported by Business Insider, Kostikov was identified by the CIA as a KGB officer with the organization’s 13 department, which is reportedly “responsible for sabotage and assassination.”
When Oswald asked Kostikov about the telegram, Kostikov stated there was nothing new to report.
The CIA-released document does not specify what was contained in the telegram. It also does not state that Oswald was acting on Russian instructions when he moved against Kennedy nor that the KGB rendered any form of assistance.
Oswald had attempted to defect to the Soviet Union in 1959 and had previously traveled to Moscow. His bid for citizenship was denied by the Soviets, though he was allowed to remain in Russia for a few years.
In a 2013 interview with The Atlantic, Peter Savodnik, author of “The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union,” Savodnik stated that Oswald was likely seeking a feeling of permanence when he made his request to live in Moscow. Oswald had joined the US Marine Corps at age 17 and had previously moved, along with his mother, 20 times throughout his childhood.
Savodnik asserts that Soviet authorities sent Oswald to live in Minsk, Belarus, hundreds of miles from Moscow, because Minsk was “sleepy and boring and quiet,” suggesting that Oswald was not being groomed as a potential agent who could act in Moscow’s interests in Washington.
The White House has released approximately 2,800 previously classified files regarding the assassination of former US president John F. Kenney, but some “sensitive” records are still being withheld for 180 days due to concerns expressed by some intelligence agencies. The sensitive documents are being reviewed to determine whether they pose a risk to national security.
In a memo released by President Donald Trump, he stated, “I have no choice, today, but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our nation’s security.” Trump added that he was ordering a review of “each and every one of those redactions” over the course of the next 180 days, after which, he “will order the public disclosure of any information that the agencies cannot demonstrate meets the statutory standard for continued postponement of disclosure.”