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Aretired KGB colonel tells of his career as a spy—and, particularly, of his meetings with Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963 in Mexico City. Nechiporenko details his schooling in domestic and then foreign intelligence; his life as a spy in Mexico; and the expulsion, in the early 70's, of his espionage team from that country after officials ascertained that the Soviet embassy was a nest of secret agents. But the greatest interest here lies in Nechiporenko's discussion of Oswald. To lend credence to his ideas about Oswald's Russian ties, the author reveals the mind set of KGB and Western intelligence and counterintelligence agencies: To his surprise, he says, he found himself named in two American books— KGB (1974), by John Barron, and L.B.J. and the J.F.K. Conspiracy (1978), by Hugh MacDonald and Robin Moore—as Oswald's KGB ``manager'' in Mexico City. Nechiporenko contends that both books were drawn in part from information supplied by Western intelligence agencies, and his review of Oswald's life in Russia and later activities in Mexico City—drawn from Russian intelligence files as well as from the public record—makes clear that the KGB had no desire to tie in with an uneducated, neurotic young idealist. Oswald's surprise talks with Nechiporenko in the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City (where Oswald was applying for a visa to return to Russia) underscored that the American—paranoid about the FBI and fearful for his life—was highly unstable. Nechiporenko finds Oswald too undependable to have been a likely cog in a conspiracy—though his psychological portrait of him makes a fairly strong case for his being the lone gunman. Moreover, the author spends considerable space discounting the claim by KGB defector Yuri Nosenko that Oswald was working for the Russians. Frank talk that's of middling interest for spy-fans, of greater interest for assassination buffs. (Photographs)


Here we go with the PsyOp term...
"assassination buffs."

A tip off regards the true agenda of the reviewer?

Writer Nechiporenko says..."Oswald was too uneducated, neurotic, idealist, undependable, paranoid, and fearful for his life ... to be a cog in a conspiracy." 

Would not that exact psychological profile be the ideal one in finding, manipulating, using and setting up a hapless, take the blame patsy in an almost suicidal killing project?

Think Sirhan, James Earl Ray, Mehmet Ali Acga and so many others as the actual triggermen in highest political level and importance assassinations.

Psychologically together people would not allow themselves to be manipulated and used like that.

This Nechiporenko fellow was a lifelong highest level spy trained to lie at every turn.  A kind of Russian E. Howard Hunt? 

A fact of reality which ( like E. Howard Hunt ) really destroys his truth telling credibility for the rest of his life imo.



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59 minutes ago, Joe Bauer said:

Writer Nechiporenko says..."Oswald was too uneducated, neurotic, idealist, undependable, paranoid, and fearful for his life ... to be a cog in a conspiracy."


Current Section: CE 950 - Report of the Department of State on Lee Harvey Oswald, submitted to the Commission in January 1964.


p. 293

In 1961, he showed a United States consular officer a document issued by the Moscow City Government on January 14, 1960 which indicated that he never was declared a Soviet citizen.”*

*“After the assassination of President Kennedy, an official of the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated to an officer of the American Embassy in Moscow that Soviet authorities had considered Oswald's application for Soviet citizenship, but had decided not to approve it because Oswald seemed unstable.”

See also letter from Walter J. Stoessel, Jr. of the Embassy in Moscow to the Director's Office of Soviet Affairs of the United States Department of State.


He talks of meeting Kudryavtsev of the American Section of the MFA in the airport, who told him that, “Oswald had applied for Soviet citizenship but that ,after considering the application, the Soviet authorities had decided not to approve this application since Oswald seemed to be so unstable.”

I found this reference to the Soviet handling of his application for citizenship of interest, since I have not found any record of this aspect in our files.”


The Soviets were determined (or at least said they were) to paint Oswald as "unstable".

I found the last line of Stoessel's letter to be significant. The Americans had no record that Oswald had ever actually applied for Soviet citizenship.

Steve Thomas

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