Robert Kennedy documents reveal USD 150,000 Mafia plan to kill Fidel Castro
A CIA document outlining a Mafia-connected plan to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro for 150,000 dollars are among thousands of Robert F. Kennedy documents that have been made public.
The National Archives and Records Administration and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston released some 2,700 pages of documents Kennedy compiled as attorney general from 1961 to 1964, offering a glimpse into Cold War decision-making.
According to the Daily Mail, the documents provide an insight into the personal thoughts of the era's key figures, historians said.
The seven boxes of newly released material include telegrams, reports, meeting transcripts and handwritten notes by Kennedy, some with doodles and quotes in the margins.
"It gives you a sort of insight into what was on his mind, what he doodled," journalist and historian Michael Dobbs, who blogs for Foreign Policy, said.
One page, sandwiched between lined pages of notes on the Bay of Pigs invasion, includes a sketch of the Liberty Bell with a summarized quote from a Polish World War II memorial in Italy.
One CIA document offers a profile of Castro: It calls him intelligent but 'not very stable' and 'touchy, impatient and rash,' the report said.
According to the report, another outlines plans to assassinate Castro, including a 1964 plan with connections to the Mafia.
The mob and 'patriotic Cuban exiles' eventually settled on a payment of 100,000 dollars for assassinating Castro, 20,000 dollars for his brother Raul and 20,000 dollars for revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, plus 2,500 dollars for expenses, the report added.