Golders Green historian believes the CIA killed US president JFK
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A historian has marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of US President John F Kennedy with a talk accusing his own intelligence service of carrying out the killing.
Dr Helen Fry, 46, spoke about her belief that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was behind the former president’s shooting, during a talk at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House, North End Road, Golders Green, last week.
Speculation about the CIA’s involvement has raged ever since the president’s slaying in Dallas, Texas, USA, on November 22, 1963.
Over the past two years, Dr Fry, of Temple Gardens, Golders Green, has spoken at the centre about mysterious deaths, including those of Russian mystic Rasputin, Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe and British weapons expert Dr David Kelly.
Dr Fry, who received national recognition this year for her revelatory book The M Room: Secret Listeners who Bugged the Nazis, said: “There’s tons of stuff out there about JFK – around 44,000 books [have been written on him].
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“It captures the imagination of the public, not just in America but here as well.”
The mother-of-three, who has conducted extensive research into JFK’s death, insists that in order to gain an insight into who may have pulled the trigger, it is essential to understand the political landscape at the time and the friction between the USA and communist states Cuba and Russia.
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“We are at the height of the Cold War,” said Dr Fry. “We have the problem of Cuba in 1961. In April 1961, the CIA had trained up a [paramilitary] brigade to invade Cuba in the Bay of Pigs and it had failed.
“Cuban president Fidel Castro succeeded in defeating the rebels, it was designed to overthrow Castro. JFK was asked to send in troops to support the rebels and he refused.”
This drama was followed by the return to the USA of Lee Harvey Oswald – the sniper responsible for JFK’s assassination, according to five government investigations – who had previously “defected to Russia”, according to Dr Fry.
She said: “Nineteen sixty-two is a critical year because Oswald returned to America. He touches base in the US and the CIA make contact with him.”
The next crucial moment, explains Dr Fry, is the Cuban missile crisis between October 14 and 28, 1962. The 14-day confrontation, between the US on one side, and Cuba and Russia on the other, is regarded as the moment when the Cold War came closest to turning into a nuclear conflict.
Dr Fry says: “In October 1963, a month before he’s assassinated, JFK makes a presidential order to withdraw 1,000 troops from Vietnam, which was controversial because the CIA had already penetrated Vietnam and had the tribal regions under their control.
“This was just at a time when JFK wanted to pull out. There was this whole bureaucracy that wanted the Vietnam War to continue.
“And behind the scenes, JFK is having secret discussions with Russian president Nikita Khrushchev.
“He was seen to have made concessions with the Russians during the Cuban missile crisis which wasn’t going to go down well politically. It was so close to war.
“It looked as though JFK was getting softer on Communism and there was no way the hard-liners in America were going to allow that.”
Dr Fry said logic has led her to conclude that the CIA was responsible for JFK’s assassination.
“I don’t have any political axes to grind,” she said. “Looking at the material, I was very open-minded but I’m persuaded by the careful arguments that one of the security services was behind this.
“The consensus is it is one of the American security services because of all the things that were going wrong for them and the way JFK was moving politically.
‘‘This was the height of the Cold War and tensions were running really high.
“My honest opinion is that the CIA was behind it. There’s an awful lot that doesn’t make sense.”
Dr Fry is also convinced Oswald had no involvement in the killing.
She said: “The official verdict was that Oswald had assassinated JFK alone and when Jack Ruby shot Oswald two days later on live TV, [he too] was acting alone.
“Do me a favour. Ruby was told exactly when Oswald was being transferred from a police station to the prison.
“He gets as close as he can and shoots him. It’s crazy. I don’t know how people have not focused on this more.
“I don’t think it was Oswald [who killed JFK]. I think he was made a scapegoat. He paid the price because of his connections with Russia. He’s a convenient scapegoat.
“The Russians had no motive to kill JFK. He was working with them. He was their closest ally.”
Five decades have passed since the death of John F Kennedy but the mystery surrounding his demise continues to fascinate and perplex.
Will we ever get a fuller picture? Or will the conspiracy theories continue to flourish for many more decades to come?
Dr Fry isn’t holding her breath.
“Fifty years is still a relatively short time, it’s within living history. I’d be surprised if anything is released within living memory.”