JFK Assassination and Fidel Castro

More excerpts from the new book by Dr. Brian Latell, Castro’s Secrets, in today’s Miami Herald:

How the assassination of JFK put Fidel Castro in a delicate spot

The Cuban leader’s protestations that he knew nothing about Lee Harvey Oswald ring hollow.

http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2012/05/12/15/37/8xoKu.Em.56.jpgIt was only about 30 hours after John F. Kennedy’s death in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, when Fidel Castro took to the airwaves to deny any knowledge of the president’s assassin. The Cuban leader was unequivocal about Lee Harvey Oswald: “We never in our life heard of him.”

Castro delivered another speech four days later at the University of Havana. A CIA assessment described it as “a carefully prepared refutation of charges of complicity . . . [with] Oswald.” Fidel insisted that he had known nothing of the assassin.

Speaking of Oswald’s mysterious visits to the Cuban consulate in Mexico City in late September, Castro issued a second critical denial. “We did not know about it.” Then, he went further out on that limb. “We have no other background for the accused . . . other than what has been published in the press.”

But research I have conducted over the last five years for Castro’s Secrets: The CIA and Cuba’s Intelligence Machine, my new book, reveals that in all these respects, Castro lied. Evidence I have culled from tens of thousands of pages of declassified U.S. government documents, and from the reporting of two defectors from Cuba’s General Directorate of Intelligence, the DGI, proves his duplicity beyond any doubt.

Fidel first spoke about Kennedy’s assassination for about two hours from a Havana television studio. Oswald by then had been charged with the president’s murder and also for killing a Dallas police officer less than an hour later. Fidel had no idea what the young former Marine might confess to as he was being interrogated at Dallas police headquarters, or what he might say about his contacts in Mexico City with Cuban intelligence officers. And, Castro could not be sure how much American authorities had already learned about the gunman, a professed Marxist who adored Castro and revolutionary Cuba.

The Cuban leader was profoundly worried. He warned his people to be “cautious and vigilant and alert,” describing the assassination as a “dangerous Machiavellian plot against Cuba.” The CIA reported that the speech reflected his “apprehension that U.S. policy toward Cuba may now become even tougher.”

Continue reading HERE.

Remember that Dr. Latell will be joining us next weekend at the Babalú Pavilion at Cuba Nostalgia. You can pick up a copy of his book at his booth and have it signed by him.

3 thoughts on “JFK Assassination and Fidel Castro”

  1. All of this and MUCH MORE was exposed in the book Red Friday (published in 1969!)


    ALAS! One MAJOR problem: the author is—EEEEWWW!—a right-wing Cuban-American. So he cannot possibly qualify as a Cuba “Expert.” And so his book passed like a ship in the night.

    The author of Red Friday, Carlos Bringuier, is the person who had the brawl with Oswald in New Orleans, then debated him on New Orleans radio and TV…He got to know him pretty well….(all of this in August of 1963, btw.) Carlos tried to alert the FBI to Oswald at the time. They thanked Carlos by threatening to DEPORT him for his insolence and intransigence. More here:



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