The JFK files support the theory that was promulgated by Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev claiming that President JFK was killed by patrolman JD Tippit. The files cite an FBI informant who believed that Tippit was behind the assassination. The Dallas cop was shot dead by Lee Harvey Oswald 45 minutes after JFK had been killed.
The declassified documents reveal that after John F Kennedy’s assassination, Dallas police were blamed for the assassination. Several people subscribed to the theory that the local force was behind the killing, such included Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev and an FBI informant.
A note that was sent to agents shows that the source was told by an H ¬Theodore Lee that “the president was actually assassinated by Dallas police officer TIPPIT”. According to the informant, Lee got the information from former members of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee.
Tippit was alleged to be the head of the right-wing John Birch Society in Dallas, the note also said that Tippit and a third man met in Jack Ruby’s nightclub. There’s a great likelihood that the third person in question was Oswald.
Two days after Kennedy’s assassination, Ruby shot Oswald and died of lung cancer in 1967. The two had supposedly met in a Florida airport as part of a group heading to Cuba to “cut sugar cane” and were heard discussing “Big Bird” by an informant.
The FBI was later told by Lee that communist Oswald was somehow involved in the anti-Castro movements as well as the FPCC, which allowed him to see both “sides of the issues involved”.
Tippit was in his patrol car when he stopped Oswald as he walked down Patton Avenue in Dallas.
After talking to Oswald through the window, he got out and was shot three times with a .38 calibre revolver. An autopsy also showed that he then took a bullet to the right side of his temple as he lay on the pavement.
The suspicions around the Dallas police were not confined to the US. A note from the CIA that was dated May 1964 gives insight of a conversation with Khrushchev, in which the Soviet leader did not believe that American security was so “inept” that the president could be killed without a conspiracy being promulgated.
The Soviet leader believed that the Dallas Police Department was an “accessory” to the assassination and the CIA source “got the impression that Chairman Khrushchev had some dark thoughts about the American Right Wing being behind this conspiracy
Khrushchev did not believe what the source said in regard to Oswald and Ruby being both “mad” and he that “acted on his own… Khrushchev said flatly that he did not believe this”.
The newly released documents indicate that the Soviets Suspected Vice President Lyndon B Johnson could have been behind the killing. A note dated December 1, 1966, shows the FBI Director J Edgar Hoover saying that he was aware of a US mole in Moscow that was saying the KGB was “in possession of data purporting to indicate Johnson was responsible for the assassination”.
The note surfaced as the Kremlin feared it would be blamed for the President’s death and face retaliation. The information surfaced in a message to the White House called Reaction of Soviet and Communist Party Officials to the Assassination of President John F Kennedy.
The declassified documents have not managed to silence conspiracy theorists who believe that Oswald was a fall guy for a wider plot. A document dated 1975 contains a partial deposition by Richard Helms, a deputy CIA director under Kennedy.
The intelligence chief later became CIA chief to the Rockefeller Commission, studying unauthorized CIA activities in domestic affairs. The most crucial details that the Commission lawyers sought was information on which foreign leaders might have been the subject of assassination attempts by or on behalf of the CIA.
Helms was asked by a lawyer: “Is there any information involved with the assassination of ¬President Kennedy which in any way shows that Lee Harvey Oswald was in some way a CIA agent or agent?”
Unfortunately, the document ends short of his answer. The documents claim that Johnson used to say Kennedy’s killing was an act of foreign retribution. Johnson later served under the administrations of Lyndon B Johnson and Richard Nixon.
A testimony issued by Helms said: “President Johnson used to go around saying the reason President Kennedy was assassinated was that he had assassinated President Diem.” The South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem was arrested and killed just weeks before Kennedy in a coup that was backed by the U.S.