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28           Did Castro OK The Kennedy Assassination?

                Did Castro OK The                         he thought so little of? Because he would not be  him toward the axis mundi of the G2, the KGB,
                                                          able to receive a new, updated passport before  and the CIA: Mexico City. It was not only a
            Kennedy Assassination?                        that debt was cleared, and apparently he might  place where all had embassies (and the
                                                          soon be doing some traveling.                  attendant spies) in close proximity, it was also
                                                                 Oswald was more optimistic about his    the G2's staging point for Cuban terrorists and
                  Continued from Page 27                  chances of becoming a Cuban spy than were his  assassins. It appears that Oswald's G2 contacts
                                                          G2 contacts. He became an aggressive “self-    were cursory at this point, perhaps because he
                                                          recruiter,” and his first attempt to impress had  could not have been a reliable operative but
                 When he was asked when the Cuban         its genesis at a February 13, 1963, party in Fort  more of a wild card useful only for
          secret service first made contact with Oswald,  Worth, thrown by Russian immigrants. One of    "disposable," one-off actions. Oswald thus
          Oscar flinched and gave a long pause, gazing    the other guests, a German intellectual,       appears to have felt pressed to take more direct
          out a window at the tops of some mimosa trees.  inadvertently inspired Oswald in his plans to  action to gain their trust.
          “It was in the fall of 1962,” he finally said with  impress the Cubans. As the party guests grew       So, in late September 1963, weeks
          certainty. He had seen Oswald's name on a       increasingly   concerned    over    Oswald's   before he murdered President Kennedy, Oswald
          foreign collaborators list. He had also been    aggressive remarks about President Kennedy,    spent five days amid the spy intrigue of Mexico
          present during high-level discussions on how to  the German attempted to divert Oswald's hatred  City.  The CIA, which had peppered the
          make contact with Oswald.  According to the     toward a local race-baiter—and fervid anti-    opposition's    embassies     with     hidden
          KGB document, a Cuban operative met Oswald      Castroite—the retired Gen. Edwin Walker, who   microphones, phone taps, and surveillance
          “repeatedly, several times,” with the first     lived in Dallas. One month later Oswald        cameras, claimed after the assassination that no
          rendezvous at the end of 1962—exactly when      ordered a cheap pistol and an Italian rifle by  photos or tapes of Oswald in Mexico exist.
          Oscar Marino said it had been.                  mail.  After much reconnaissance of  Walker's  Lyndon Johnson had spoken: federal
                 The Cubela liaison occurred during a     upscale home, Oswald took a shot at him from   investigators were constrained from following
          period of exceptional marital discord for the   his fence line on April 10, 1963, as Walker sat  up on any leads that might produce evidence for
          Oswalds, a couple whose relationship existed    inside by a window.                            foreign conspirators. Four decades later,
          on the emotional edge. Adding to the tension           Oswald thought he had killed  Walker,   however, it has become clear that Oswald spent
          were their perpetually strained finances.       but in fact he had missed by inches, and he was  at least half of his time in the company of Cuban
          According to recent inter-views, some G2        never a suspect in the assault, which remained  spies.
          money may have appeared at just the right time.  unsolved until Lee was arrested for killing           He had arrived at the Cuban and Soviet
          Lee's cash outlays for that period exceeded his  Kennedy. Even then, it was seen as just another  embassies without warning. His behavior was
          known income: every three or four weeks,        example of his political derangement. But when  so erratic, so green and yet desperate, that they
          starting in  August 1962, he'd send the State   the authors interviewed a former Soviet spy    refused his request for a visa to Cuba.  That
          Department a money order (or cash) for about    who had reviewed the KGB's Cubela file in      night, we now know, Oswald went to a
          $10 toward repayment of a $396 loan he had      2005, the clear implication was that Oswald saw  university and tried to enlist the help of some
          made upon his return to the United States. In the  the Walker incident as a more serious "audition"  Mexican radicals.  They took him out on the
          seven weeks between December 11, 1962, and      for his Cuban G2 contacts.                     town, but when one of their leaders interceded
          January 29, 1963, however, he paid off the             In the awful suspense that followed the  on his behalf the next day at the Cuban
          balance of the loan in three large amounts      Walker shooting, Marina suggested that Lee     Embassy, he was told to forget it. The American
          ($106, $100, and $190). Given that Oswald's     leave town for a while—maybe go back to New    was unstable. It was not until Oswald went back
          known expenses from October to January, based   Orleans, where he had lived as a boy and still  to make a last stand at the embassies later that
          on a laborious reconstruction by the  Warren    had some relatives. After a few days of mulling  afternoon—not until he broke down, pulled a
          Commission, were $537, and his earnings were    it over, Lee came to agree with her. Besides,  gun, wept, and finally claimed that he would
          $892, paying off the loan would have left him   there were a lot of Cuban exiles down there to  prove his revolutionary loyalty by killing “that
          $101 in the red—making this a rather strange    talk with, so on April 24 he set out for the Big  bastard, Kennedy”—that the doors to his
          time to settle a major debt, unless he had a    Easy.                                          Communist utopia suddenly opened to him.
          secret source of funds.                                Over the next four months, Oswald's             As the old G2 men have described it, he
                 Where this money came from has been a    attempts to infiltrate the local anti-Castro exiles  was embraced. The authors learned that one low
          source of speculation for nearly half a century.  apparently impressed no one in that city or in  level G2 agent saw him repeatedly in the Cuban
          According to Oscar Marino, the money was        Havana, where he most desired to make an       Embassy garage, out of sight of CIA cameras,
          provided by the Cubans, who preferred to        impact. But he did learn some things on the    meeting with an elite G2 operative, a red-haired
          recruit “true believers,” not men who could be  streets, most notably that the Kennedys were   black man. Others, including a Mexican
          bought for big money. The small payments gave   planning another invasion of his beloved Cuba.  insurance investigator there on business, would
          Lee some fiscal breathing room, and he did not  It now appears that Oswald was communicating   also see him.
          spend conspicuously—just enough, on specific    with the G2 that summer.
          needs. Why would he have spent some of that            Increasingly, however, the hemisphere's
          money paying off a loan from the government     vortex of international intrigue began to pull                        (Continued on Page 30)
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