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Moments before the assassination of Pres. Kennedy, Nov. 22, 1963.

A document declassified by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday, Sept. 16, revealed a key piece of information surrounding the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Just prior to Kennedy’s assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald traveled to Mexico City and while there went to both the Cuban and Soviet Embassies, according to the Washington Times. Oswald returned to the U.S. on October 3, the document revealed.


The 24-year-old former U.S. Marine, Oswald, visited the embassies attempting to arrange for visas so that he could travel to the USSR by way of Havana.

The fact that Oswald sought an escape route to Russia just prior to killing Kennedy, certainly fits with the prevalent theory that the USSR was behind the murder of the popular American president.

Kennedy died of a gunshot wound to his head. Oswald fired the shot at Kennedy who was traveling in an open-air motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963.

Oswald worked at the Dallas Texas School Book Depository. He shot Kennedy from a sixth-floor window in that building.

Shortly after Oswald was arrested and charged with the deaths of Kennedy and a Dallas police officer, Oswald was shot and killed by a Dallas man, Jack Ruby.

The information about Oswald’s travel plans were part of the first intelligence briefing of the then new president, Lyndon Baines Johnson.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: [email protected]