Paul Trejo Posted December 7, 2016 Author Share Posted December 7, 2016 (edited) 10 hours ago, Pat Speer said: Hosty's account of his discussion with Belmont makes perfect sense to me. The record shows that the FBI knew of the Oswald letter to the Soviet Embassy, in which he mentioned "Comrade Kostin", on the 18th. This is almost certainly the document Hosty recalls. And yes, indeed, it's missing. I've looked for it myself. But Hosty is wrong. This document almost certainly mentioned "Kostin" but not Kostikov. There is a CIA document, however, which shows they called the FBI on the morning of the 23rd to tell them they thought "Kostin" was Kostikov, and that he worked with Department 13, the department in charge of assassinations. The FBI then went into CYA mode, and sought to hide that they'd had four days to figure out who "Kostin" was, but had failed to do so, and had thereby failed to properly protect the President. They removed references to "Kostin" from Hosty's file. They told him to throw away the note. They then redacted references to their knowing about Kostin on the 18th from documents released to the public. (After months of haggling, I recently acquired an FBI document from the archives which shows that the "Kostin" letter was intercepted by the FBI on the 18th, and that Oswald's handwriting on the letter was confirmed on the 23rd.) (While the disappearance and redaction of these documents may have been done to conceal that the FBI had been reading the Soviet Embassy's mail, this is a bit difficult to believe. Like the Russians didn't know we were reading their mail? Perhaps, then, the FBI had a real and legitimate concern that, if they admitted they'd had a copy of Oswald's letter long before the Russians gave them a copy, that this would get back to the handful of dummies writing the embassy every year who didn't know their letters were being read. Or, perhaps not. Perhaps it was all about protecting Hoover's rep. In either case, it makes sense to me that Belmont was trying to hide stuff from Hosty. Pat, First, I agree with you 100% on your point that Comrade Kostin is not the same as Valerie Kostikov. These are two different Russian names. Secondly, the document may be missing from CIA files, however, it is a well-known FBI document in the Warren Commission, provided by Ruth Paine. It is CE 015, namely, LHO's letter to the Soviet Embassy in Washington, signed by Lee H. Oswald and mailed on 12 Nov 1963. The letter referred to "my meetings with comrade Kostin." James Hosty, in his book, transforms the name in LHO's letter to "Kostikov." You have rightly said that James Hosty is wrong on that -- I will add that James Hosty deliberately attempted to deceive readers on that. The evidence shows, IMHO, that in his book, Assignment Oswald (1996), James Hosty deliberately fabricated an LHO-Kostikov connection in 1996. The proof of this charge, IMHO, is the innovative 2014 work done by Bill Simpich. Regards, --Paul Trejo Edited December 7, 2016 by Paul Trejo Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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