JFK Documents: Dallas Cops Knew About Threat to Oswald


A trove of thousands of previously classified documents relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy was released by President Trump Thursday evening, just in time to comply with the 25-year deadline a 1992 law put into place. Multiple news outlets have been poring over the 2,800 documents, which can be seen here. Plenty of fascinating information has been found and a few new mysteries have arisen, but so far, no bombshells have surfaced to back up far-fetched conspiracy theories—like Trump's claim that Ted Cruz's father associated with Lee Harvey Oswald. Some of what has been uncovered:

  • Oswald death threat. A document from two days after the assassination states that the FBI received a death threat to Lee Harvey Oswald before he was shot, CNN reports. "There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead," said FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. He said "a man talking in a calm voice" had called the FBI's Dallas office saying he was part of a committee that planned to kill Oswald. Hoover said the chief of police had been notified and had promised to provide adequate protection, but "this was not done."
  • Early conspiracy worries. In the same memo, Hoover said he was already worried about conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination. "The thing I am concerned about ... is having something issued so that we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin," he wrote.

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