Even before President Donald Trump allows the world to see the last batch of classified files on the 1963 assassination of former President John F. Kennedy, Russia is trying to get out in front of the story by insisting the then-Soviet Union had nothing to do with Kennedy’s death.
“If even here wild insinuations are hurled at Russia, that would be a shame, because it is information, and not disinformation that people want,” Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday, in advance of the release of about 3,000 sorely secret documents.
She rejected speculation that Oswald might have contacted the KGB and undergone special “training” while in the USSR, according to The Sun.
Interesting that the Kremlin feels the need to deny the 'insinuations' – which the documents will surely… https://t.co/XAZ7BmNRRg
— FreeSyria.Radio (@Radio_FreeSyria) October 26, 2017
The never-before-seen files, which would contain many documents, are being released in response to a 1992 panel that set 2017 as the time to release them — unless the president at that time blocked the release.
Trump has said he will not do that, although he did extend the deadline for some documents.
Trump agrees to withhold some JFK assassination documents at request of CIA, FBI, but sets April 26 deadline for review to release those.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) October 26, 2017
The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow. So interesting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2017
Zakharova said that although the Cold War was at its height barely one year after the Cuban Missile Crisis, no one should point fingers at the former Soviet Union for being involved.
“I can’t even imagine how one can distort this topic to such a degree,” she said.
Although she said wild accusations are wrong, she admitted Kennedy’s assassination remains compelling.
“I understand perfectly well why the international community — historians, political scientists and many other people who have for many years tried to find out the truth — are so captivated by this topic,” she said.
Beginning in 1959, Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald spent a little more than two years in the former USSR before returning to the United States in 1962 with his wife, Marina, and their child.
Writer Philip Shenon suggested the Russians might have less to worry about than America’s spy agencies, who he said will be shown to have known Oswald was a threat, but let him remain on the loose.
“It is no surprise that the CIA and FBI are, ultimately, the source of most of tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of pages, of classified documents that are scheduled to be released by the National Archives,” he wrote.
“From the bare-bones index of the documents provided by the archives, many of the 3,100 never-before-seen files will reveal new details about the extent of the voluminous information that the CIA and FBI gathered about Oswald in the months and years before Kennedy’s death; previously declassified CIA documents show the agency was monitoring Oswald as early as 1959, the year he tried to defect to Moscow,” he wrote.
“In fact, both the CIA and FBI had Oswald under aggressive surveillance in the months before the assassination — and knew he was talking to people who, at the height of the cold war, might also have wanted to see Kennedy dead,” he wrote.
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