President Trump promised several months ago to release a trove of documents pertaining to one of the nation’s greatest tragedies: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
While conspiracy theorists always believed there was more to Kennedy’s murder than was released, government officials swore the documents contained nothing of significance.
But just last week, the documents were finally released–bringing with them a major break in the happenings of that dark day.
The trove of documents released by the federal government last week indicated a communication between Lee Harvey Oswald and prominent members of the Communist Party of the United States of America.
The November 26th, 1963 memo noted a letter from Oswald to Elizabeth Gurley FLynn, an Industrial Workers of the World activist and founder of the American Civil Liberties Union who had prominent Communist ties.
Flynn reportedly died in the Soviet Union 10 months after the assassination, but prior to that, she was arrested for violating the Smith Act.
The meeting between FBI agents and Gus Hall, longtime leader of the CPUSA, and two of his lieutenants, Arnold Johnson, convicted in 1953 along with Flynn of violating the Smith Act, and Irving Potash, who, like Oswald once emigrated to live in a Communist nation, took place in room 707 of the famed Chelsea Hotel, a New York City haunt favored by Mark Twain, Brendan Behan, Jack Kerouac, and other authors and where Sid Vicious killed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen fifteen years after Oswald killed the president.
At the Chelsea, the brash leaders exhibited fear in the wake of the murder of the president of the United States by one of their fellow Communists.
The memo notes of Johnson and Potash that “both were in an excited state” upon arriving at the meeting. “Hall stated he would not visit CPUSA headquarters this present week for ‘security reasons,’” the document reveals. “He stated further that he felt there will be an ultra right attack against the [Communist Party] in view of the alleged involvement of Lee Harvey Oswald with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee.”
The correspondence between the assassin and the prominent American Communists rose to a level well beyond fan mail.
“Dallas, Texas, PD, had leaked the fact that among Oswald’s personal effects were some letters on CPUSA stationary dealing with how he should proceed in his activities in the [Fair Play for Cuba Committee] and as the informant stated ‘how to handle with noisy neighbors,’” the memo chronicling the meeting three days after the assassination pointed out. “According to the informant, it was apparent that Johnson had not revealed the fact that he had corresponded with Oswald. He then told Hall that there were three letters from Oswald that he had answered.”
Some have indicated that the word “noisy” in the type is meant to read “nosy”, but of much more significance is the fact that the larger phrase is believed to be a type of coded communication.
The discovery of this document proves one thing- that there was a definite connection between the party and the assassin not demonstrated before.
It remains unseen why the documents were kept hidden for 54 years, but the information contained in them is vital to the understanding of that tragic day in United States history.
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