'Oswald's assassination of Kennedy was guided by hardline Stalinist dissidents' suggests new book
Nearly 50 years after the assassination of President John F Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, a new book has suggested that assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was guided by hardline Stalinist dissidents.
According to the book, 'Spy Like No Other' by Robert Holmes, 3 diplomats, who were actually KGB officers, were involved in the Kennedy assassination, and were attached to Department 13 of the First Chief Directorate, specialising in "executive action" of sabotage and assassination, the CIA said.
In his book, Holmes suggests that Kennedy was most likely the victim of a rogue element within the KGB, hardline Stalinists who were, by training and temperament, incapable of taking the humiliation of Cuba lying down, the Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, Holmes said that they conspired behind the back of Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet premier, to take revenge on Kennedy, whose cool but resolute stance, bolstered by overwhelming US superiority in missiles and bombers, had forced the withdrawal of Russian medium-range nuclear missiles from Fidel Castro's Cuba.
"Cuba was a humiliation of the first order for these men. They believed in the Stalinist way of doing things: hit your enemy, and hit hard," said Holmes.
"Khrushchev and Kennedy didn't become friends in the wake of Cuba but they were able to see eye to eye, to an extent. They were moving forward, calming the world down. This group within the KGB didn't want that; they wanted to fight. They thought Khrushchev should actually have fired off atomic weapons, and were devastated when he yielded to American pressure," he added.
He admits he could be wrong, but thinks a rogue element in the KGB is more plausible than Mafia-CIA-Military-Industrial-Complex, and everyone else besides, hypotheses, the paper said.
"There's more than a reasonable possibility. I would say that it is all circumstantial evidence, but if there was evidence that would stand up in court, we wouldn't be sitting here talking about it. None of the Kennedy assassination theories would stand up in court. Other assassination theories require some kind of leap of faith; with mine, it is only a little step," he said.