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John Simkin

Lee Harvey Oswald in Florida

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Here is an email that Nathaniel Weyl sent to me in reply to some of my questions:

I can't comment on what Martino may have said or believed. I thought at the time that the JFK assassination probably had Soviet or Castro links. As for Oswald, not too long after the assassination a Special Agent phoned me, said he understood I had claimed Oswald had tried to infiltrate a Cuban anti-Castro group in Florida, but had been kicked out and roughed up, and asked whether he could come up to our place and talk to me. I said that my source was a reporter on the Sun Sentinel, named him, and suggested that the Bureau might prefer to go directly to that source, which I suppose they did.

As for your queries: (1) No. I think Oswald may have tried to get Cuban support when he went to Mexico, but doubt the Cuban government would have used that flaky a character. (2) John Martino didn't give me any Cuban names nor did he suggest that he was working with the CIA; in fact my recollection is that he distrusted the CIA. He did say that the United States government was turning over the job of killing Castro to the Mafia and that the latter as professionals wouldn't botch the job. (3) Never heard of David Morales. (10th May, 2004)

Does anyone know anything about Oswald trying to infiltrate a Cuban anti-Castro group in Florida?

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Here is an email that Nathaniel Weyl sent to me in reply to some of my questions:

I can't comment on what Martino may have said or believed. I thought at the time that the JFK assassination probably had Soviet or Castro links. As for Oswald, not too long after the assassination a Special Agent phoned me, said he understood I had claimed Oswald had tried to infiltrate a Cuban anti-Castro group in Florida, but had been kicked out and roughed up, and asked whether he could come up to our place and talk to me. I said that my source was a reporter on the Sun Sentinel, named him, and suggested that the Bureau might prefer to go directly to that source, which I suppose they did.

As for your queries: (1) No. I think Oswald may have tried to get Cuban support when he went to Mexico, but doubt the Cuban government would have used that flaky a character. (2) John Martino didn't give me any Cuban names nor did he suggest that he was working with the CIA; in fact my recollection is that he distrusted the CIA. He did say that the United States government was turning over the job of killing Castro to the Mafia and that the latter as professionals wouldn't botch the job. (3) Never heard of David Morales. (10th May, 2004)

Does anyone know anything about Oswald trying to infiltrate a Cuban anti-Castro group in Florida?

John, substitute Florida for New Orleans and I think you have your answer. DRE was hq'd in Florida which may have caused confusion, but otherwise it sounds like his encounters with the three amigos.

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I know nothing, but, there must be something to it.........

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National Archives and Records Administration

Kennedy Assassination Collection Full Results

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AGENCY INFORMATION

AGENCY : ONI

RECORD NUMBER : 173-10011-10157

RECORDS SERIES : HEADQUARTERS, NCIS FOIA OFFICE

DOCUMENT INFORMATION

ORIGINATOR : FBI REPORT

FROM : DALLAS HQ

TO : FBI LA

TITLE : 13 UNIFORMED MEN SEIZED IN FLORIDA, ACCUSED OF

PLANNING ATTACK IN CUBA

DATE : 12/05/1962

PAGES : 11

DOCUMENT TYPE : PAPER, TEXTUAL DOCUMENT

SUBJECTS : LEE HARVEY OSWALD

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DOCUMENT INFORMATION

ORIGINATOR : FBI

FROM : [No From]

TO : [No To]

TITLE : ALLEGATIONS BY JOHN K. KAYLOCK THAT HE MET LEE HARVEY

OSWALD AT PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA, ON OCTOBER 2, 1963

(SEE DBA-81065 FOR INDEX).

DATE : 08/05/1963

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CURRENT STATUS : OPEN

DATE OF LAST REVIEW : 06/15/1993

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DOCUMENT INFORMATION

ORIGINATOR : FBI

FROM : FBI/JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

TO : CIA

TITLE : ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY NOVEMBER

22, 1963 DALLAS, TEXAS

DATE : 06/28/1976

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SUBJECTS : CAMPBELL, J.L.; OSWALD, L H; STEERY, JOHN R

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RESTRICTIONS : OPEN IN FULL

CURRENT STATUS : OPEN

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ORIGINATOR : FBI

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TITLE : LHM, TAMPA, FLORIDA

DATE : 07/07/1967

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DOCUMENT TYPE : PAPER, TEXTUAL DOCUMENT

SUBJECTS : OSWALD, MARINA, RELATIONSHIP WITH JAMES MARTIN;

MARTIN, JAMES, RELATIONSHIP WITH MARINA OSWALD

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FROM : [No From]

TO : [No To]

TITLE : LHM, TAMPA, FLORIDA

DATE : 06/21/1967

PAGES : 6

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SUBJECTS : MARTIN, JAMES

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ORIGINATOR : FBI

FROM : FBI, MIAMI, FLORIDA

TO : FBI, HEADQUARTERS

TITLE : MEMO: ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY,

NOVEMBER 22, 1963. DALLAS, TEXAS

DATE : 09/10/1976

PAGES : 4

DOCUMENT TYPE : PAPER - TEXTUAL DOCUMENT

SUBJECTS : CAMPBELL, J.L.; OSWALD, L H; STEERY, JOHN

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TO : THE REVIEW STAFF. ATTN:ELDER

TITLE : MEMO:SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE REQUEST (KENNEDY

ASSASSINATION)

DATE : 04/23/1976

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TO : BLAKEY, G. ROBERT

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MIAMI, FLORIDA

DATE : 06/05/1978

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DOCUMENT TYPE : SUMMARY

SUBJECTS : OSWALD, LEE, POST-RUSSIAN PERIOD, ASSOCIATES AND

RELATIVES; ODIO, SYLVIA, TESTIMONY BEFORE COMMITTEE;

OSWALD, LEE, POST-RUSSIAN PERIOD, POLITICAL AND

SUBVERSIVE..; ....ACTIVITIES; PRO-CASTRO ACTIVITES

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KENNEDY

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DOCUMENT INFORMATION

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TO : SULLIVAN, W.C.

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 03/21/1967

PAGES : 1

DOCUMENT TYPE : MEMORANDUM

SUBJECTS : JFK; CASTRO, FIDEL; DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA; OSWALD, LEE

HARVEY

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DOCUMENT INFORMATION

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TO : MIAMI, FO

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 01/25/1964

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SUBJECTS : OSWALD, LEE; MIAMI, FLORIDA; STUDENTS REVOLUTIONARY

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CASTRO

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ORIGINATOR : WC

FROM : FBI

TO : [No To]

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 05/11/1964

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SUBJECTS : BUCHANAN, JERRY; OSWALD, LEE HARVEY; POST RUSSIAN

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ANTI-CASTRO ACTIVITIES; FAIR PLAY FOR CUBA COMMITTEE;

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TITLE : [No Title]

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LEE HARVEY; POST RUSSIAN PERIOD; DESCRIPTION AND...;

...IDENTIFICATION

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ORIGINATOR : FLORIDA STATE ATTORNEY

FROM : GERSTEKIN, RICHARD E.

TO : GARRISON, J. M.

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 04/21/1967

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RUSSIAN PERIOD, ASSOCIATES; CONSPIRACY, THEORY; FBI,

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DOCUMENT INFORMATION

ORIGINATOR : FBI

FROM : HOOVER, J. EDGAR

TO : DIRECTOR, CIA

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 01/07/1964

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FROM : HOOVER, J. EDGAR

TO : DOS

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 12/12/1963

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DOCUMENT TYPE : MEMORANDUM

SUBJECTS : OSWALD, LEE; CHARLES, PEDRO; MOLINA, MARIO DEL

ROSARIO; MIAMI, FLORIDA

CLASSIFICATION : UNCLASSIFIED

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CURRENT STATUS : OPEN

DATE OF LAST REVIEW : 05/24/1993

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KENNEDY

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DOCUMENT INFORMATION

ORIGINATOR : FBI

FROM : MIAMI

TO : DIRECTOR

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 02/17/1967

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DOCUMENT TYPE : PAPER, TEXTUAL DOCUMENT

SUBJECTS : LEE HARVEY OSWALD; ARTHUR HUTTOE, CHIEF ASSISTANT

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CLASSIFICATION : UNCLASSIFIED

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FROM : SAC, MIAMI

TO : SACS, DALLAS, AMD NEW ORLEANS, ...

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 11/27/1963

PAGES : 1

DOCUMENT TYPE : MEMORANDUM

SUBJECTS : OSWALD, LEE; MEXICO CITY; MIAMI, FLORIDA; AIRLINE

FLIGHTS

CLASSIFICATION : UNCLASSIFIED

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CURRENT STATUS : OPEN

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TO : DIRECTOR, FBI

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 03/17/1967

PAGES : 5

DOCUMENT TYPE : MEMORANDUM

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LEE HARVEY; SHAW, CLAY

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TO : DIRECTOR (62-109060)

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 12/02/1963

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DOCUMENT TYPE : CABLES

SUBJECTS : NEWSPAPER, FLORIDA CATHOLIC

CLASSIFICATION : UNCLASSIFIED

RESTRICTIONS : OPEN IN FULL

CURRENT STATUS : OPEN

DATE OF LAST REVIEW : 04/08/1993

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FROM : W.A. BRANIGAN

TO : W.C. SULLIVAN

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 03/08/1967

PAGES : 2

DOCUMENT TYPE : MEMORANDUM

SUBJECTS : JFK; USSS; MIAMI, FLORIDA; TORRES, BERNARDO; CRUZ,

MIGUEL; OSWALD, LEE H.

CLASSIFICATION : UNCLASSIFIED

RESTRICTIONS : OPEN IN FULL

CURRENT STATUS : OPEN

DATE OF LAST REVIEW : 05/24/1993

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DOCUMENT INFORMATION

ORIGINATOR : INDEPENDENT RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

FROM : [No From]

TO : MC DONALD, JAMES

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 06/16/1978

PAGES : 1

DOCUMENT TYPE : LETTER

SUBJECTS : LORENZ, MARITA; OSWALD, LEE HARVEY; RUSSIAN PERIOD;

OSWALD, LEE HARVEY; POST RUSSIAN PERIOD; FLORIDA; NEW

ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

CLASSIFICATION : UNCLASSIFIED

RESTRICTIONS : OPEN IN FULL

CURRENT STATUS : OPEN

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DOCUMENT INFORMATION

ORIGINATOR : MIAMI HEARLD

FROM : [No From]

TO : [No To]

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 03/07/1967

PAGES : 2

DOCUMENT TYPE : PRESS CLIPPING

SUBJECTS : JFK; MIAMI, FLORIDA; OSWALD, LEE H.; WARREN

COMMISSION; GARRISON, JIM

CLASSIFICATION : UNCLASSIFIED

RESTRICTIONS : OPEN IN FULL

CURRENT STATUS : OPEN

DATE OF LAST REVIEW : 05/24/1993

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TO : [No To]

TITLE : [No Title]

DATE : 00/00/0000

PAGES : 7

DOCUMENT TYPE : MEMORANDUM

SUBJECTS : OSWALD, LEE HARVEY; FAIR PLAY FOR CUBA COMMITTEE;

OSWALD IN FLORIDA

CLASSIFICATION : UNCLASSIFIED

RESTRICTIONS : OPEN IN FULL

CURRENT STATUS : OPEN

DATE OF LAST REVIEW : 06/23/1993

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Here is an email that Nathaniel Weyl sent to me in reply to some of my questions:

I can't comment on what Martino may have said or believed. I thought at the time that the JFK assassination probably had Soviet or Castro links. As for Oswald, not too long after the assassination a Special Agent phoned me, said he understood I had claimed Oswald had tried to infiltrate a Cuban anti-Castro group in Florida, but had been kicked out and roughed up, and asked whether he could come up to our place and talk to me. I said that my source was a reporter on the Sun Sentinel, named him, and suggested that the Bureau might prefer to go directly to that source, which I suppose they did.

That Pompano Beach Sun-Sentinel reporter was James Buchanan, whose brother Jerry was a member of Frank Sturgis' International Anti-Communist Brigade. When authorities traced the Sun-Sentinel data to their source, it was Sturgis, who admitted his claims had been "off-hand comments" made to Buchanan, and characterized his claims as "guesses, speculation and rumor." Whatever the putative merits of the claims, they either originated with, or were at least previously circulated by one John Martino, who shortly after the assassination told the listening audience of WQAM radio in Florida that Oswald had handed out FPCC literature in Florida and travelled to Cuba the prior September via Mexico City.

Gerry Hemming and some of his paramilitary groupies made similar claims about Oswald trying to ingratiate himself with their circle, and that he had phoned in during a radio show on which Hemming and his crew were guests. To my knowledge, nobody has ever located a shred of evidence that any of the foregoing is true. Clearly, however, this disinformation campaign served a dual purpose: to remove any suspicion that they had anything to do with the assassination, and to further cement in the public's mind the purported assassin's leftward slant.

As for your queries: (1) No. I think Oswald may have tried to get Cuban support when he went to Mexico, but doubt the Cuban government would have used that flaky a character. (2) John Martino didn't give me any Cuban names nor did he suggest that he was working with the CIA; in fact my recollection is that he distrusted the CIA. He did say that the United States government was turning over the job of killing Castro to the Mafia and that the latter as professionals wouldn't botch the job. (3) Never heard of David Morales. (10th May, 2004)

Does anyone know anything about Oswald trying to infiltrate a Cuban anti-Castro group in Florida?

Martino's spurious claims were, he told FBI agent James O'Connor, made to him by a Cuban source who maintained Oswald "had made a telephone call to the Cuban Intelligence Service in Cuba from a private residence in Miami" and that in Houston, Oswald had "tried to sell marijuana and handled the exchange of Cuban pesos for American dollars." When O'Connor insisted on knowing the Cuban's identity, Martino claimed he was in transit from California, and never identified him or provided any further details.

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Gerry Hemming and some of his paramilitary groupies made similar claims about Oswald trying to ingratiate himself with their circle, and that he had phoned in during a radio show on which Hemming and his crew were guests. (Robert Charles-Dunne)

Robert,

I have spoken to Howard Davis about this incident, Howard being one of the guests. He said that he remembers the show and that there were indeed callers but he doesn't remember any of them being Oswald or anyone identifying themselves as such.

FWIW.

James

Edited by James Richards

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