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                Did Castro OK The

            Kennedy Assassination?

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                 But the plot hurtled forward in hopes of
          success before the 1964 elections in the United
          States. Bobby had pushed for a secret base in
          Costa Rica, which was carrying out raids in
          Cuba with materials provided by the Defense
          Department. They bombed Cuban infrastructure,
          such as railroads, bridges, and power plants, and
          smuggled in radio equipment, arms, and
          supplies to resistance forces. On September 6,
          Fidel publicly charged the United States with
          responsibility for an air attack on Santa Clara,
                                                         unstable mother, Lee Harvey Oswald's future piece of cake and cup of coffee he consumed in
                 For all of that boom and bang, however,
                                                         appeared to child psychologists who examined public, his stinginess on dates with women he
          and all of Bobby's surety that Cubela was the
                                                         him as a disaster waiting to happen.  There is wasn't enthused about, his preference for
          right man for the job, the CIA skeptics would
                                                         some evidence that Lee may have suffered brain blondes, his ignorance of Marxist-Leninist
          prove to be correct: the Cubans were on to him.
                                                         damage at the age of five when a chest of theory, the records and appliances he bought, the
          It was during that summer that a G2 officer
                                                         drawers toppled over on his head during a move. hardware stores he visited, and, of course, the
          known as "Oscar Marino" and others became
                                                         He was unconscious for eight days. Lee's doctor friends with whom he consorted. The “official”
          aware that Cubela was a counterrevolutionary.
                                                         told his mother, “if the boy comes to at all, he's record of his life in Minsk omitted only what
          And yet Cubela was not arrested.
                                                         going to have a problem.” From then on, he reflected badly on the Soviet intelligence
                 The same day that Cubela was having his
                                                         would suffer occasional blackouts, doing things apparatus.
          meeting with the CIA in Brazil, Fidel was due at
                                                         he couldn't remember, walking out in the middle        Oswald spent so much time on Ulyanov
          a reception at the Brazilian embassy in Havana.
                                                         of classes and wandering his school's hallways.  Street that he soon became acquainted with a
          There, el lider niciximo pulled aside Associated
                                                                 A year after his outreach to the YPSL, number of the junior Cuban spies. Marina would
          Press correspondent Daniel Harker, within
                                                         Oswald, desperate to leave his mother, enlisted later tell the FBI about one of Lee's friends,
          earshot of other journalists. Harker, a native of
                                                         in the Marines, where his pro-Communist rants Alfred, a "young man from Cuba [who] spoke
          Colombia, spoke fluent Spanish and was
                                                         rendered him something between a joke and a Spanish" and who would later attend the
          preferred by Castro for  American press
                                                         pariah. After an early discharge in September University of Moscow. Lee would brag to
          interviews because of his accuracy in
                                                         1959, he almost immediately boarded a ship as Marina that he had gotten tight with some of the
          translating. “He often pulled me aside when he
                                                         the first leg of a pilgrimage to Moscow, where young future Cuban "ministers" and expected
          wanted to be certain his words were reported
                                                         he intended to defect. When he was rejected by that he might be such a minister there himself
          exactly as he said them,” Harker later
                                                         the Soviets, the youngster forced their hand by one day.
                                                         attempting suicide. Faced with the cold war            On July 18, 1962, just over a month after
                 “Hey, Colombian,” said Fidel, “come
                                                         equivalent of a public relations nightmare, the Lee, Marina, and their baby arrived in New
          over here, I want to talk to you.” He started in
                                                         Soviets decided to smile upon him, sending him Jersey,  Vladimir Kryuchkov, a future KGB
          about the recent attacks, the other reporters
                                                         off to Minsk, where the KGB would babysit him chief, sent an encrypted Oswald file to the
          bending in to hear more. “We are taking into
                                                         around the clock for the next two and a half attention of  Valdes Menendez at G2
          account . . . the Caribbean situation,” he
                                                         years. It was in Minsk that he married the headquarters in Havana. According to a source
          growled, “which has been deteriorating in the
                                                         tempestuous young Marina Prusakova, the niece who examined the KGB's files in 2005, it read:
          last few days due to piratical attacks by the
                                                         of an elite Soviet intelligence officer.        “Lee Harvey Oswald left the Soviet Union in
          United States against the Cuban people. . . .
                                                                 As the Castros continued to co-opt the order to establish himself with his Soviet wife
          Kennedy is a cretin . . . the Batista of our times.”
                                                         Cuban revolution and Rani flirted ever more Marina in the U.S.A. He is ideologically
          He never used the word “assassination,” but his
                                                         heavily with the Soviet state, he was sending his unsound    and    psychically     unstable.”
          meaning was clear. “If U.S. leaders are aiding
                                                         youngest spies to Minsk for special training at Nevertheless, Kryuchkov asked  Valdes “to
          terrorist plans to eliminate Cuban leaders, they
                                                         the academy of the Russians' MVD (Ministry of observe Oswald in the U.S.”
          themselves will not be safe. Let Kennedy and his
                                                         Internal Affairs), a subsidiary of the KGB that        Recently, actors from the Cuban side—
          brother Robert take care of themselves, since
                                                         was responsible for civil law enforcement as aging cold warriors still alive in the Americas—
          they too can be the victims of an attempt which
                                                         well as more shadowy pursuits.  Within the have corroborated the Cuban link to Oswald.
          will cause their death.”
                                                         school's hierarchy was Col. Ilya  Vasilyevich One of them, who went by the name “Oscar
                 With that, Fidel strode on into the
                                                         Prusakov, Marina's uncle. Among the students Marino” in our talks, had been a senior Cuban
          reception and began shaking hands, resplendent
                                                         were Jose Abrantes, the personal assistant to the spy, a founder of G2, and a revolutionary
          in his olive fatigues. Two days later, the story hit
                                                         Cuban intelligence chief, Ramiro  Valdes companero of Fidel's. It was his esteemed place
          the Associated Press and the U.S. newspapers,
                                                         Menendez, and one Fabian Escalante Font, a in the national leadership that made him privy to
          including the New Orleans  Times-Picayune, a
          paper read by a young Castro supporter named   young agent of increasingly dangerous the Oswald overtures. It took over a year of
                                                         reputation who would soon rise to the top of the negotiations for him to agree to sit for interviews
          Lee Harvey Oswald.
                                                         G2.                                             with us. He lived, and perhaps still lives, in a
                 On October 3, 1956, in the same month
                                                                 There were approximately 200 students Latin  American metropolis, and when asked
          that the Socialist Youth Party of Cuba appealed
                                                         at the academy when Oswald arrived in Minsk. about his politics in 2005, he sighed that he had
          to Fidel to drop his revolutionary quest and join
                                                         As it happened, he was interested in studying “had enough” of ideology and bloody intrigue.
          theirs, a pale, lonely teenager sat down in his
                                                         German, and his KGB file describes how          He felt “no love for Kennedy,” and still
          mother's small apartment in Fort  Worth,
                                                         “friends” steered him to the Foreign Language considered himself a revolutionary, but was
          Texasand wrote a letter to the Young People's
                                                         Institute (FLI) located directly adjacent to the demoralized by the “corruption” of Castro's
          Socialist League, or (YPSL) in Chicago.  The
          apartment at 4936 Collingwood was the          MVD academy on Ulyanov Street.  The KGB original promise.
                                                         agents were astonishingly thorough.  They
          nineteenth home this boy had known. Raised
                                                         chronicled Oswald's moviegoing habits, every                           (Continued on Page 28)
          without a father, in the clutches of a mentally
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