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US presidential candidate blames CIA for JFK assassination

Robert F Kennedy Jr. said the agency’s culpability was beyond a reasonable doubt. The CIA was behind the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1963 and likely involved in the murder of US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. alleged during an interview with WABC radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday.

‘There is overwhelming evidence that the CIA was involved in [JFK’s] murder,’ Kennedy declared, describing it as beyond a reasonable doubt at this point.’

‘The evidence is overwhelming that the CIA was involved in the murder, and the coverup,’ the candidate continued, describing efforts to discredit this theory as a 60-year coverup. Kennedy cited the book JFK and the Unspeakable by James Douglas as the best compilation of evidence on the subject, though dozens if not hundreds of works have been written about the assassination and the CIA’s alleged role.

The official US government explanation, published as the Warren Commission report the following year, holds that US Marine veteran Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in shooting the president while his motorcade was passing through Dallas on November 22, 1963.

Oswald was conveniently murdered before he could stand trial, though he managed to tell journalists he was just a patsy shortly after his arrest. The alleged lone gunman was shot dead by nightclub owner Jacob Rubinstein (Jack Ruby) while being transported unprotected from Dallas Police Headquarters to the county jail.

Speaking to Catsimatidis, Kennedy added that there was very convincing but circumstantial evidence the CIA was involved in the 1968 assassination of his father, Attorney General and Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, as well. He described the official story of the assassination, which was pinned on Palestinian horse groomer Sirhan Sirhan, as physically impossible, arguing Thane Eugene Cesar, a security guard at the hotel who was concurrently employed by military contractor Lockheed, had actually fired the shots that killed Kennedy.

Four years after JFK’s murder, nearly half of the American public did not believe that Oswald had acted alone. The CIA was concerned enough about this fact that it issued a directive in 1967 on how to discredit the so-called conspiracy theorists questioning the conclusions of the Warren Commission. Modern use of the term ’conspiracy theorist’ as a pejorative is often traced back to this 1967 memo. 

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