Under CIA Eyes
Six weeks before Dallas, the man who would be accused of killing JFK came to the attention of six top operations officers.
On October 10, 1963, a man named Lee Harvey Oswald came to the attention of a group of senior CIA officers in Langley, Virginia. Oswald had recently visited the Cuban consulate and Soviet Embassy in Mexico City. A CIA wiretap captured a man identifying himself as "Oswald."
The CIA officers conferred about Oswald and his actions and signed off on a cable about him. They are identified on the declassified CIA cable whose authenticity is not disputed.
Why were they so interested in Oswald?
On October 8, 1963, Win Scott, the chief of the CIA station in Mexico City, sent a cable to CIA headquarters seeking more information about this curious visitor: Who is Oswald? Scott asked.
On the afternoon of October 10, the question was referred to group of senior CIA officers in the Counterintelligence Staff and in the Western Hemisphere directorate. The people thinking about the obscure Oswald were not clerks, bureaucrats, or paper pushers. They were, for the most part, operations officers. That is to say their primary responsibility was running covert operations.
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