the first time on German public TV, the documentary, Rendezvous
with Death: Castro and Kennedy, contributes several documents
and some testimony that are newsworthy. But its most convincing
element is a report from Mexican intelligence that states that
in September 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald received in Mexico $6,500
from the Cuban secret services to help him carry out the planned
-- a former officer in Cuba's state security apparatus, now elderly
and in exile -- corroborated the research done by the German filmmaker:
''He offered to kill Kennedy, and we used him,'' he told Huismann.
This is not
the first time that this theory is put forward. Jackie Kennedy
and Lyndon B. Johnson, two of the people closest to the late president,
believed it firmly but withheld their certainty to avoid provoking
another incident with the Soviet Union. Had they revealed their
well-founded suspicions at that time, and given the indignation
that filled U.S. society, an invasion of Cuba to punish the guilty
would have been inevitable. But the shaken White House did not
wish another dangerous confrontation with the Kremlin similar
to the one in October 1962 that brought the planet to the brink
of nuclear war.
then U.S. attorney general, surely shared the same suspicion,
but it wasn't to his advantage to accuse Castro. In the end, it
seems that the Cuban dictator -- as he told the Brazilian ambassador
in Havana a few days before the crime -- was responding in that
manner to the assassination attempts organized by the president's
brother, with the help of the Mafia.
reprehensible concealment of information from the American people,
strategies were developed in Washington and Havana to manipulate
public opinion. In Washington, FBI investigators were braked and
diverted from the right leads, especially those from Mexican sources;
and the Warren Commission was created to persuade the world that
president's death had been the isolated and solitary work of a
peculiar, out-of-control madman.
Fabián Escalante, the intelligence officer who traveled
to Dallas on the day of Kennedy's assassination (to monitor the
operation?) and today is a general and former chief of intelligence,
elaborated the theory -- to cover his own tracks -- that other
gunmen fired at Kennedy.
blamed Herminio Díaz, an exile with a record of violence
and a former comrade of Castro in the Insurrectional Cuban Union
in the late 1940s. Díaz was allegedly aided in the assassination
by Eladio del Valle, another exile with troubling antecedents.
by the time Escalante's alibi came to light, both Díaz
and del Valle had been conveniently liquidated by the Cuban security
services, so they couldn't defend themselves.
however, is the string that leads to Jack Ruby, Oswald's murderer.
Why would a person with the moral turpitude of Ruby, who was neither
a fanatic nor a patriot but appeared to be a disciplined Mafioso,
sacrifice himself and execute Oswald on national television?
that, we must pose the classic police question: Who benefited
directly from Oswald's death? Undoubtedly, the Mafiosi,
Bobby Kennedy and Castro -- people who would have run into serious
problems if their dark machinations had become public.
In any case,
what's extraordinarily shameful is that:
Bush administration, in view of the new evidence brought forth
by the Germans, has not reopened the investigation to give U.S.
society the definitive truth -- something that has been covered
up for so many years.
Ted Kennedy and the rest of that powerful family haven't told
everything they know, believe or suspect about the death of John,
the most illustrious member of the family and the most admired
U.S. president of the late 20th century.