Former CIA chief R. James Woolsey has made the claim that Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev gave the order to assassinate John F. Kennedy to Lee Harvey Oswald.
These claims have surfaced in a new book entitled Operation Dragon. The book was co-authored by Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the former chief of Romania’s espionage service.
The claims made were a conclusion that came about after reading the 1964 Warren Commission Report, a set of documents that was meant to get to the bottom of the JFK assassination and figure out exactly what had happened and what lead to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
From The Daily Mail:
‘Decoded, these pieces of evidence prove that John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, had a clandestine meeting in Mexico City with his Soviet case officer, Comrade Kostin, who … belongs to the KGB’s Thirteenth Department for assassinations abroad,’ they claim.
Woolsey and Pacepa, who defected from Romania in 1978, becoming the highest-ranking intelligence official from an enemy country ever granted political asylum in the United States, believe Oswald was recruited in 1957.
At the time, he was a U.S. Marine, serving in Japan.
The authors believe that Oswald worked for the Soviets for several years, including providing the information that allowed them to shoot down American pilot Gary Powers in 1960, before being given his mission to kill Kennedy.
Woolsey and Pacepa also believe that the mission was canceled by Khrushchev but Oswald went ahead anyway. The pair state in their book that leaders in Moscow thought the plan would lead to nuclear war and was just another bad decision by “Hot-headed Khrushchev”.
It can not be said for sure whether or not the USSR did order Oswald to assassinate JFK, Woolsey and Pacepa believe this is the case based on their interpretation of the Warren Report but the duo offer no real tangible evidence as to this being the case.