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The wildest tales from thousands of JFK assassinat­ion documents


President Donald Trump ordered the release of more than 2,800 records related to the John F. Kennedy assassinat­ion on Thursday, but bowed to pressure from the CIA, FBI and other agencies to delay disclosing some of the most sensitive documents for another six months. Here are some of the wildest things that were found.

$100,000 to kill Fidel Castro

A 1964 FBI memo describes a meeting in which Cuban exiles tried to set a price on the heads of Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara. “It was felt that the $150,000.00 to assassinat­e FIDEL CASTRO plus $5,000 expense money was too high,” the memo noted. At a subsequent meeting, they settled on more modest sums: $100,000 for Fidel, $20,000 for Raul and

$20,000 for Che.

Sex parties

A 1960 FBI memo described a “high-priced Hollywood call girl” who was approached by Fred Otash, a well known Los Angeles private investigat­or, seeking informatio­n about sex parties involving then Sen. John F. Kennedy, his brother-in-law actor Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. “She told the agents that she was unaware of any indiscreti­ons,” the memo said.

Assassinat­ing JFK

‘not worth it’ for Cuba

A draft report by the House Select Committee on Assassinat­ions found it unlikely that Cuba would kill Kennedy. “The Committee does not believe Castro would have assassinat­ed President Kennedy, because such an act, if discovered, would have afforded the United States the excuse to destroy Cuba,” the draft states. “The risk would not have been worth it.”

Lyndon B. Johnson in the KKK?

In an internal FBI report from May 1964, an informant told the FBI that the Ku Klux Klan said it “had documented proof that President Johnson was formerly a member of the Klan in Texas during the early days of his political career.” The “documented proof ” was not provided.

Beef between the FBI and CIA

One memo described tensions between CIA and FBI officials that still exist today. It quotes FBI director J. Edgar Hoover saying, “more and more we are telling CIA about our domestic operations and always to our detriment. I want this stopped.”

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