A newly released book written by former CIA chief R. James Woolsey claims that Lee Harvey Oswald was a Russian KGB agent who killed then-President John F. Kennedy on orders from Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
Woolsey headed the CIA from 1993 to 1995. He co-authored the book, "Operation Dragon," with Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, who served as acting chief of Romania's spy service under President Nicolae Ceausescu.
Oswald defected to Russia in 1959 and returned to the United States in 1961. In November 1963, he assassinated Kennedy in Dallas. A nightclub owner in Dallas killed Oswald two days later.
Woolsey and Pacepa cite the Warren Commission Report, published in 1964, as the source of their information about Oswald, his relationship with Russia, and Kennedy's death. The 24-volume report includes testimony from 550 witnesses. The two men say the report was heavily "codified" and too difficult for many people to understand.
"Decoded, these pieces of evidence prove that John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, had a clandestine meeting in Mexico City with his Soviet case officer, Comrade Kostin, who … belongs to the KGB's Thirteenth Department for assassinations abroad," part of "Operation Dragon" reads.
The book says the Russians recruited Oswald while he served in the Marines in Japan.
"Although Oswald wished to remain in the Soviet Union, he was eventually persuaded to return to the U.S. to assassinate President Kennedy, whom Khrushchev had come to despise," the authors claim.
"Oswald was … given a Soviet wife and sent back to the U.S. in June 1962."
Further, the authors say, the Soviets changed their mind about assassinating Kennedy in mid-1963, but Oswald would not be deterred from the plan. The book also cites a letter Oswald wrote to the Soviety Embassy in July 1963 seeking separate visas for himself, his wife, and his daughters.
The authors say Oswald wanted to get his family back to Russia before he killed Kennedy.