In an audio tape, former CIA agent and convicted Watergate conspirator, Everett Howard Hunt, admits that he was asked to be a part of a CIA assassination team to kill John F. Kennedy.
An audio tape in which former agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and convicted Watergate conspirator, Everett Howard Hunt, admits that he was approached to be a part of a CIA assassination team to kill John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The tape dubbed “Deathbed Confession” of E. Howard Hunt, aired on Coast to Coast broadcast last weekend, is creating buzz all over.
In his earlier statements, Hunt supported the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Fort Worth Star- Telegram established through their photographs that three transients were under police escort near the Texas School Book Depository shortly after the assassination of Kennedy. The men were later called as “three tramps.”
According to the arrest reports, the three men were “taken off a boxcar in the railroad yards right after President Kennedy was shot,” detained as “investigative prisoners,” described as unemployed and passing through Dallas, then released four days later.
But different people and committees gave different conclusions regarding the identity of these three men, among which Hunt was also one of the accused. The Rockefeller Commission’s final report stated that witnesses who testified resemblance of Hunt to one of the three tramps don’t have any qualification in photo identification beyond that possessed by an average layman. Their report also stated that the FBI Agent, Lyndal L. Shaneyfelt, “a nationally-recognized expert in photo identification and photo analysis” with the FBI photographic laboratory, had concluded from photo comparison that none of the men was Hunt.
In his Deathbed Confession, Hunt says that he refused active participation in the conspiracy of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but he did play a “benchwarmer” role in the plot. His son, Saint John Hunt, agreed that the use of this term indicates that Hunt was willing to play a large role in the murder conspiracy had he been required, as everyone in the government hated Kennedy and wanted him gone in one way or another. Kennedy’s promise to “shatter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter the remnants to the wind” was being carried out and this made everyone at the agency extremely angry.
E. Howard Hunt named several other individuals associated with the Central Intelligence Agency as having played a role in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Hunt also said that then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was involved in the planning of the assassination, stating that LBJ, “had an almost maniacal urge to become president, he regarded JFK as an obstacle to achieving that.”
Saint John Hunt said that shortly before his death, his father had felt “deeply conflicted and deeply remorseful” that he didn’t blow the whistle on the plot at the time to prevent the assassination.
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