On Thursday the National Archives and Records Association (NARA) of the United States Federal Government released the classified files of the Kennedy assassination. Over 3,000 files were released and while we're finding new stuff every day and will take a few weeks to discover everything, we already have some big findings.
Today, we're going to look at the some of the biggest findings so far.
Kennedy and the CIA planned to remove Castro from power
In the early days of Kennedy's administration it has been discovered in a document by the Rockefeller Commission that the CIA planned to assassinate then Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.
Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy informed the FBI about the CIA's plan and in the report it said that the CIA's plan was "to approach Sam Giancana with a proposition of paying $150,000 to hire some gunman to go into Cuba and kill Castro."
Not only that but a ledger was found, showing that Kennedy paid money to Cuban exile groups that worked to overthrow Castro.
The Soviet Union called the assassination an "Organised Conspiracy"
The Director of the FBI forwarded a memo to the White House in 1963, shortly after Kennedy's death. The memo read:
According to our source, officials of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union believed there was some well-organized conspiracy on the part of the 'ultraright' in the United States to effect a 'coup,' They seem convinced that the assassination was not the deed of one man, but that it arose out of a carefully planned campaign in which several people played a part."
Kennedy's assassination was predicted in a bet.
A document revealed that the Secret Service interviewed a man who overheard a bet between two people in a bar. One man bet that Kennedy would be dead within 3 weeks. Kennedy was assassinated 7 - 10 days later.
A newspaper in the United Kingdom got a tip off the day of the shooting.
A newspaper in England was tipped off about the shooting 25 minutes before it happened. The anonymous caller told the reporter to inform the United States embassy in London about some big news.
After the reporter learned of the assassination, they contacted the police. The case was handed to MI5 who then informed the FBI.
The FBI office in Dallas received a death threat towards Lee Harvey Oswald the day before he was killed
The call came from a man who apparently talked in a calm voice. The man said he was part of a committe that planned to kill Lee Harvey Oswald.
FBI Director, Edgar Hoover suggested to Dallas Police that they tighten security and ensure Oswald was protected. Jack Ruby was still able to step out of the crowd and kill Oswald.
Ruby denied making the call and said he acted alone.
The KKK said they had proof Lyndon B. Johnson was a member.
In 1963, the FBI got a call from a member of the KKK, saying thaf Lyndon B. Johnson was a member during the early stages of his political career and said they had proof. However, no proof was ever presented to the FBI
And that's all we're going to talk about tonight. There are loads of documents to go through and will take a while to read through them all. But there will be continuing parts to this article to talk about all the highligts. So thanks for reading and until next time!