S LHO was a Russian agent simpliciter bull Epstein basically allowed himself to become the vehicle for Helms and Angleton to whack their nemies with starting with JEdgar In spy terminology a legend is a myth created around a person to hide their real intent or specifically their real loyalties Edward Jay Epstein So B. It examines in Legend The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald the relationship between the murderer of JFK and the intelligence services of 3 governments It also touches on conspiracies to assassinate the President and various witness and allegations ignored by the Warren Commission Most important though as a historical document the book should be considered in the context of the Golitsyn Nosenko affair Epstein s book was published in 1974 The Golitsyn Nosenko affair is still a debate waged today in our intelligence communities and their connection to the assassination of President Kennedy remains shrouded in mystery Whether Epstein s ultimate conclusions arever proven correct or not is irrelevant the book and the fact that Cabaret elements of it are still being proven curious 30 years later in books written byx CIA agents see Tennent Bagley s Spy Wars is testament to Epstein s zeal as a journalist and investigative reporter He smelled a story and his nose was good regardless of how many details he nailed down perfectly NC Stinker Sailor Assassin Spy Edward Jay Epstein s Legend published 1978 pitches the JFK assassination reader into the swirling hall of mirrors created by the CIA FBI KGB and Cuban counterintelligence agencies While Angleton struggles with his paranoid search for a mole high in the structure of the CIA and the sudden defection of the KGB s Nosenko poses uestions than answers J Edgar takes off her dress and removes the max factor We are left all these years later with a secret world from a LeCarre novelHaving finished this book I feel I should begin again and give it a second read No doubt this is a good dition for my JFK library Epstein has produced a well written and researched biography of the short life and times of Lee. His particular focus was xtreme conservative Gen Edwin A Walker who'd been active in Dallas organizing anti Castro guerrillas For xample he suggested to a German geologist Volkmar Schmidt that Walker should be treated like a murderer at large He didn't stop at fierce words For weeks he stalked Walker's movements photographing his residence from several angles He then had his wife photograph him dressed ntirely in black with a revolver strapped on a hip holster a sniper's rifle in his right hand two newspapers The Worker The Militant in his left He made 3 copies one of which he inscribed dated 5 IV 63 sent to a Dallas acuaintance George De Mohrenschildt He then left with his rifle wrapped in a raincoat telling Marina he was off to target practice but his target Walker was out of town that night He returned to Walker's home 5 nights later fired a shot missing by inches demonstrating his will to kill After the failed assassination another friend Ruth Paine drove Oswald family to New Orleans where he became the organizer for the Fair Play for Cuba Committee which opposed Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice efforts to overthrow Castro Aside from printing leaflets staging demonstrations getting arrested appearing on local radio talk show that summer he attempted to befriend leaders of infiltrate anti Castro groups organizing sabotage raids against Cuba By this time he apparently considered himself a sleeper operative writing in 863 to the central committee of the CP asking Whether in your opinion I can compete with anti progressive forces above ground or whether I should always remain in the background ie underground During this summer while practicing sighting his rifle in his backyard he told his wife about his plan to hijack a plane to Cuba saying he mightarn a position in its government Then on 99 in a report that appeared on the 1st page of the New Orleans Times Picayune Castro target of CIA assassination attempts warned that if the USA continued aiding plans to En plein coeur eliminate Cuban leadersthey themselves will not be safe The implication of this warning wasn't lost on Oswald Telling Marina they might never meet again he left New Orleans 2 weeks later headed for the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City To convince the Cubans of his bona fides seriousness he had prepared a dossier which included a 10 page resume outlining his revolutionary activities newspaper clippings about his defection documents he'd stolen from a printing companyngaged in classified map reproduction his correspondence with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee as if to demonstrate his lethal capability photos linking him to the Walker shooting He applied for a visa at the Cuban Embassy on the morning of 92763 He said he wanted to stop in Havana n route to the USSR On the application the consular officer who interviewed him noted The applicant states that he's a member of the American Communist Party Secretary in New Orleans of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee Despite such recommendations he was told he needed a Soviet visa before a Cuban visa could be issued He argued ov.
Very interesting look into the life of Lee Harvey Oswald and the FBI and CIA s ncounters with him BEFORE November 22 1963 I Highly recomend Well written book He made a good case that Oswald was the lone gunman But still at the Dance Real Slow end he left things open because some newvidence might come to light that changes things 32712 This is the second time I read this book Both time were The Art of Memoir enjoyable though it took the second time to really get the message The probability that Oswald was working for the Russians in the assassination of JFK isxtremely high Because the FBI could have been held responsible for The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life errors in tracking Oswald the information was buried the CIA counterinsurgency department members that had the correct assessment of related information were disposed of replaced and someone who was actually a Russian agent subseuently was further used as a consultant feeding false information to the USA security agencies Russia appears to have mastered the spy game uitextensively while the USA powers that be were content with false appraisals and keep their jobsUPDATED VIEW December 2013Since having read this book I have ncountered other reasons why JFK was killed or by whom CIA Per wikipedia article Operation Northwoods described a proposed false flag operation that JFK prevented that reads just like 911 Per YouTube videos there were people including LBJ that were very angry at JFK and knowledgeable of the assassination ahead of time That shortly after taking office LBJ stopped the printing of US treasury notes and we reverted to Federal Reserve private bank notes Multiple players and multiple motivations how manyRe the book I vaguely remember that it was Oswald that provided the Russians with the actual altitude that the U2 spy plane was actually flying at to allow them to aim a lot higher At last reading I njoyed the book Since then I ncountered a different book that was so bad that I uestioned how it could have ven have been published and that kept me reading any books for a long time Time for critical thinking Nosenko was a liar perhap. The PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition endless tangle of uestions about bullets trajectories wounds time seuences inconsistent testimony that's surrounded the JFK assassination has fascinated generations of self styled investigators probably never will be satisfactorily resolved Each new release of documents from the various bureaucracies involved in the half century old investigation may only deepen apparent contradictions Within this morass of facts however there's a central actor Lee Harvey Oswald His rifle which fired the fatal bullet was found in the Book Depository So was his palm print He'd bought the ammunition His cartridge cases were found near the body of a murdered policeman on the route of his flight In light of thevidence the issue that ought to have concerned people wasn't Oswald's technical guilt but whether he was involved with others He wasn't a loner Ever since he was handed a pamphlet about the Rosenbergs at age 15 he was a joiner seeking affiliations with groups at home abroad At 16 he wrote the SP I am a Marxist have been studying Socialist Principles for well over 5 years reuesting information about joining their Youth League He later made membership inuiries to the SWP SLP The Gus Hall Benjamin Davis Defense Committee The Fair Play for Cuba Committee the CP correspondence bringing him under FBI surveillance He also joined the Marines After a 2 year stint as a radar operator he sought still another affiliation in 1059 he became the 1st Marine to defect to the USSR In Moscow he delivered a letter stating I affirm that my allegiance is to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Not only did he publically renounce his citizenship but he told the US consul he intended to give the Soviets military secrets he'd acuired while serving in the Marines adding he'd data of special interest to the Russians Since he indeed had Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography exposure to secrets such as the U 2 his defection had seriousspionage implications He thus hadn't only compromised the secrets he'd come in contact with but put himself in the hands of another country He was now dependent on Russia for financial support legal status protection Before disappearing into the Soviet hinterland for a year he spelled out his operational creed in a long letter to his brother From Moscow he wrote presciently of his willingness to kill for a political cause I want you to understand what I say now I do not say lightly or unknowingly since I've been in the militaryIn the The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, event of war I would kill any American who put a uniform on in defense of the American Government then ominously added formphasis Any American His willingness to act as an assassin was now known to anyone who read the letter which included not only his Russian hosts but US intelligence since his letter was intercepted by the CIA microfilmed He returned to the USA in 662 joined by his Russian wife Marina settling in Dallas He then purchased a rifle with telescopic sights a revolver from a mail order house under a false name He lectured a few friends on the need for violent action rather than mere words.
Harvey Oswald or OH Lee or Alik Hidell depending on which glass we peer throughI have not read Epstein s arlier publication Inuest which purports to be the book that originally raised uestions about the findings of the Warren Commission Not sure where EJE s inuest verdict has altered because Legend follows Warren very closely Now to really mess the head up why not try John Armstrong s Harvey and Lee The JFK assassination was announced to us while on recess After a hastily organized assembly we were all sent home There for several days I was glued to the television In the months that followed much fruther attention was paid to the vent by the mediaThe first criticisms I heard of the Warren Commission Report were later when during high school I heard Mark Lane interviewed on radio It wasn t until years after that however that I read anything of book length beyond Marina and LeeOliver Stone s movie JFK 1991 saw one of my best friends Michael commissioned to write a review This got him into the literature about the assassination He lived in San Francisco at the time so I heard about it around a beach fire we had built on the astern shore of Lake Michigan months later while he was visiting His survey of the literature got me interested and it took off from thereSince then I ve read dozens of books about the murder of President Kennedy from critics of the Warren Commission like Garrison Lane Prouty Fonzi tc to ualified no one can intelligently defend it across the board defenders of it like Epstein and of course critics of the criticsThis particular contribution by Epstein I ve read so far three of his books focuses on the alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald Beyond adding biographical information to what the Commission recorded it is highly dependent upon the claims of a CIA agent and of a very dubious KGB defector His particular concern is that Oswald may have worked on behalf of the Soviets or the Cubans and he adduces The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl evidence in such directionsEpstein s current beliefs are represented in hisssay included as the description of this Exile and Pilgrim edition. Er this reuisite with the Cuban counsel Eusebio Azue in front of witnesses reportedly made wild claims about services he might perform for the Cuban cause During the next 5 days he traveled back forth between the Soviet Cubanmbassies attempting to straighten out the difficulty When he telephoned from the Cuban mbassy to arrange an appointment at the Soviet Embassy with officer Valery Vladimirovich Kostikov he set off alarm bells at the CIA which had been monitoring the phones Kostikov was a KGB officer who had been under FBI surveillance in Mexico By the time the CIA had identified Oswald notified the FBI he'd left Mexico Returned to Dallas Oswald assumed a different identity OH Lee Separating from his family he moved to a rooming house He forbade his wife divulging his whereabouts On 1018 his visa was approved by the Cuban Foreign Ministry despite the fact he'd not received a Soviet visa Apparently unaware of this development he wrote another letter to the Soviet Embassy referring to his meeting with Kostikov in Mexico adding cryptically Had I been able to reach the Soviet Embassy in Havana as planned the mbassy there would have had time to complete our business When FBI counterintelligence intercepted this letter in Washington it urgently reuested its field agent in Dallas to uestion him FBI agent James Hosty unable to locate Oswald warned Marina she could be sent back to Russia When his wife told him about the warning he threatened to bomb its Dallas office By this time he had a menial 150 hour job at the Book Depository which overlooked the convergence of the 3 main streets into central Dallas On 1122 at 1230PM as JFK’s car passed the depository a burst of rifle fire killed him Under 2 hours later a Dallas policeman had been killed near the shooting Oswald was arrested with the murder weapon in hand He was charged with killing the policeman shortly afterwards assassinating JFK On 1124 he was shot to death in Dallas police H by night club owner Jack Ruby The Warren Commission concluded Oswald fired the shots that killed JFK But conspiracies don't necessarily reuire multiple rifleman to accomplish their purpose What the Commission couldn't rule out as two of its members pointed out to me was the possibility he'd acted at the behest of others He'd advertised willingness to undertake a high profile assassination by circulating photos connecting himself to the shooting of Walker Any party monitoring his activities in Dallas New Orleans or Mexico City could have discerned from them a potential assassin awaiting a mission With a mind set on such violent actions as hijacking blowing up an FBI office or killing “any American” not much would be reuired to prod him to violence He'd sought liaisons in dangerous uarters someone could've provided inducement But silenced by Ruby intelligence services capable of Hannah Montana: The Movie expungingmbarrassing data about their contacts with a Presidential assassins from their files it's doubtful we'll ver know who if anyone influenced him to act on 112263 EJE 121409 dit.
Edward Jay Epstein born 1935 is an American investigative journalist and a former political science professor at Harvard UCLA and MIT While a graduate student at Cornell University in 1966 he published the book Inuest an influential critiue of the Warren Commission probe into the John F Kennedy assassination Epstein wrote two other books about the Kennedy assassination eventually colle