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The Oswald Defection
One of the enduring mysteries of the Oswald biography is his defection to the Soviet Union in 1959. Debate centers around its motive, and in some circles, whether or not he in fact returned. We will explore the open issues in the Oswald defection, including the strong possibility that Oswald was never in the USSR at all.
One of the enduring mysteries of the
Oswald biography is his defection to the Soviet Union in 1959. Debate centers
around its motive, and in some circles, whether or not he in fact returned. We
will explore the open issues in the Oswald defection, including the strong possibility that Oswald was never in the USSR at all.
Before proceeding, we must
acknowledge that there was more than one Oswald. John Armstrong documents both
a HARVEY and LEE, the former of whom is the Oswald of renown who was framed for
the murder of President Kennedy, while the latter was the murkier man born
October 18, 1939 to Marguerite Claverie Oswald in New Orleans. But this does
not exhaust the supply of Oswalds.
While we accept the general thesis of
Armstrong’s research, we also contend that there were more than 2 Oswalds, each
of which played some role in advancing the intelligence agencies goals in their
vast clandestine network of operations. These multiple Oswalds cast doubt on
the circumstances surrounding the ingress and egress of Oswald vis a vis the
USSR, and the manner in his so doing.
We have waffled on the question
concerning HARVEY’s presence in the USSR, but we have finally returned to our
original thesis that Oswald was certainly not in the USSR. Although we admit
that a prima facie case exists for HARVEY being in the USSR, but this by no
means proves the case. We believe that other evidence militates strongly
against such a position.
There is limited forensic evidence
placing HARVEY in the USSR, but what does exist is largely alleged eye witness
testimony from 2 American reporters who claimed to have interviewed “Oswald.”
Both Aline Mosby and CIA hack Patricia Johnson, later McMillan, claimed that
they interviewed Oswald while he was staying at the Hotel Metropole in Moscow
in November 1959.
McMillan has made her notes
available, which in legal parlance, are prima facie evidence for an interview
with Oswald. Mosby’s claims are substantiated by an article which was published
in the Fort Worth newspaper contemporaneous with the defection, although
Johnson’s article was not published until November 22, 1963. Thus with 2
witnesses, if successfully defended in cross examination, one would have strong
evidence that both women interviewed Oswald in Moscow at the Metropole Hotel.
On a side note, the fact that
Johnson’s article was delayed for 4 years is smoking gun proof that she was
laying down a legend for a communist lone nut who could be framed for the
killing of a president which was actually done by the CIA for whom she provided
However, the matter isn’t quite that
simple as we noted that there were more than 2 Oswalds, and we have little
evidence that the 2 women reporters interviewed the same person. Johnson worked
for the CIA front organization North American Newspaper Alliance, although she
adamantly denied that she ever was a CIA agent. Smart readers will parse the
denial as a non-denial denial in terms of the material substance of the allegation.
According to Peter Whitmey, McMillan
firmly denied ever being a CIA agent, a claim which we believe. However, she
was and is a CIA operative.
In the report she filed with NANA,
Johnson described her subject as ‘"a six-footer"’ although the margins
of her notes indicate his height as 5’ 11” – most likely she was taking poetic
license in describing the USMC reservist at 6 feet. In 1964, when interviewed
by Warren Commission lawyers, Johnson remarked, ‘”whatever happened to that
little Lee Oswald?"’ These 2 descriptions are entirely at odds – no one
describes a 6-footer as little unless one is the Jolly Green Giant.
The best explanation is that Johnson
made a slip of the tongue, truthfully describing one of her “Oswalds” in 1964.
Her interview in 1959 was arranged by her handlers at the US embassy and at the
behest of CIA agent Oswald. Under those circumstances her reporting was not to
convey truth, but to pass messages between her subject and the Agency – and to
help lay down a legend which could be used at a later time.
Yet there are more anomalies in the
Oswald description. Marina Oswald, testifying before the House Select Committee
on Assassinations said that Oswald "wasn't very [sic] tall man. He was a
little bit taller than me." We know that Marina was (and is) 5’ 3” at
most. We have seen pictures of an alleged Lee Oswald, standing next to Marina,
who was a little taller than her. This “Lee” may be the Lee to whom Marina and
Johnson referred – and we would even assert that to be the case.
A witness who met the Oswalds when
they arrived in the United States in July 1962, stated that Oswald was “5 foot
nothing,” a description more in accord with Marina’s than with Johnson’s.
Clearly different people were being described – meaning that there were multiple
HARVEY’s autopsy conducted by Dr Rose
documents his height as 5’ 9.5” which introduces yet another Oswald. To
recapitulate, we have LEE Oswald who was 5’ 11”, and of whom we have said
almost nothing; next is HARVEY Oswald who was 5’ 9.5”, and “Lee” Oswald who was
over 5 feet but not by much – maybe 5’ 5” or so – but clearly not a 6-footer as
described initially by Johnson. This information is only intelligible if we
assume that each reporter is telling the truth – something of a leap of faith in
the case of Johnson.
The other piece of forensic evidence
substantiating HARVEY’s presence in Moscow is a picture released of him
allegedly in his room at the Hotel Metropole which resembles the Oswald who
dominated the news in the aftermath of the CIA coup against the United States
on 11/22/1963. This photograph shows a much more photogenic Oswald than is
typically given the public, or in Johnson’s words, he looked more like “Joe
When dealing with photographs, the
evergreen concern is tampering. The JFK photographic evidence has been
pandemically altered and suppressed. Oswald could have easily been placed into
the photograph in which case we have stingier evidence of his presence in
Moscow. In our view, there is evidence of alteration of the photograph.
Comparing the Metropole picture with
the Dallas Police Department mug shot, we were baffled by the similarities
between the 2 subjects – at one point concluding that they were the same man
after accounting for 4 years’ aging. The deciding factor, however, was the
shape of the face. The Metropole man has an elongated face, whereas the mug
shot man has a blockier face. Thus the 2 men cannot be the same.
Thus the Metropole Hotel photograph
used to substantiate that Oswald – in our case HARVEY – was the defector does
precisely the opposite. If the government had a picture of HARVEY in Moscow, it
would surely have appeared long ago. We discuss the implications of this
To further muddy the waters, several
additional photographs alleging to be Lee Harvey Oswald in the USRR have
circulated, but they cannot all be Oswald – and in fact none of them is HARVEY.
One researcher believes that the Oswald who married Marina was in fact the son
of George DeMohrenschildt, a geologist who figured prominently in the CIA
assassination of Kennedy, and who acted as one of HARVEY’s handlers until early
So who is this “Lee” character, and
was this the person Johnson interviewed? To the first question, Patrick
Scrivener suggests that it was Oleg von Mohrenschildt, son of the well-known
Russian émigré George DeMohrenschildt, in which Oleg is a pseudonym for
George’s son born in 1933.
Interestingly, “Oswald” was sent to
Minsk after being granted alien resident status, the home town of George. This
placement suggests that perhaps Oswald was to trade identities or places with
Oleg in order to expatriate the latter to the United States.
If the story isn’t confusing enough
already, we must add another twist. The “Lee” to which we refer as Oleg is not
the LEE Armstrong identifies as the son of Marguerite Claverie.
One other disparity in the Oswald
encounters by Mosby and Johnson is that they painted different pictures of him.
In her original article filed with NANA, Johnson portrays a somewhat
sympathetic if not misguided person who is seeking refuge in the USSR for
ideological reasons. Mosby, on the other hand, described an arrogant, self-important
person whose insecurities drive him to make a name for himself by betraying his
country. This image is the one used by the CIA and FBI to tarnish Oswald as the
murderer of the President and thus bears the finger prints of intelligence
rather than an authentic portrait of HARVEY.
Confirming the confusion over Oswald
identities was FBI Director J Edgar Hoover’s 1960 memo in which he raised the
concern that someone may be impersonating Oswald, and resulted in instructions
to the US embassy in Moscow to only deliver Oswald’s birth certificate in
person for fear that it could fall into the wrong hands. More specifically,
Hoover was concerned that a Soviet spy could be given Oswald’s identity for
exfiltration into the US.
As for the motives for the defection,
Oswald researchers have taken 2 views. The Establishment view, formulated by
the president’s assassins themselves, is that Oswald defected due to alienation
from American life, and infatuation with Soviet ideology. This view, in fact,
was reported by CIA hack Priscilla Johnson McMillan who worked for the CIA
front North American Newspaper Alliance, through whom she filed an article on
November 18, 1959 summarizing the interview she had with Oswald.
The other view maintains that Oswald
defected to the Soviet Union as part of a sophisticated CIA operation to
establish an espionage network in the USSR, or to perform ordinary human
intelligence. While the view maintaining that Oswald was an intelligence agent
has much to commend it, ultimately it fails to disclose what the Soviet
operation was all about.
From 1955 – 1962 there were a flurry
of defections to the Soviet Union, all by military or military industrial
complex people. One such defector was Robert Webster who fake-defected 2 weeks
before Oswald, and who returned to the US 2 weeks before Oswald in June 1962.
Webster, a plastics specialist
working for the CIA’s Rand Corporation, is interesting in his own right. A J
Weberman speculated – with good cause – that Oswald and Webster were part of an
espionage operation designed to gather intelligence from the Soviet Union. He
is all the more interesting because of his associations with Marina Oswald,
long suspected of being a Soviet intelligence agent.
Webster acknowledged knowing Marina
Oswald, while the latter denies it. We believe Webster because Marina stated to
Kathy Ford that HARVEY’s business in the Soviet Union was precisely that of
Webster’s – a trade show marketer who was sent to the USSR for a plastics show.
Apparently the young Marina got her spies confused.
Thus a cozy coterie of CIA personnel
were aggregated in the USSR – someone claiming to be Lee Harvey Oswald, Robert
Webster, Marina Oswald, and Alexander Ziger (spellings of the last name vary),
a Polish Jew who was the plant engineer and director at the Minsk radio factory
where Oswald worked. Oswald worked 6 days a week at the plant and spent 4
nights a week with Ziger at his home with his 2 daughters, never speaking
Russian though in fact he could do so quite well – even HARVEY could speak good
Ziger, a polylinguistic intelligence
agent who began work for the OSS and then CIA, was part of the Soviet
bureaucracy and loyal to Zionism, which indeed James Angleton’s CIA was too.
Thus Oswald and Webster were not in the USSR to operate an intelligence
operation against the USSR, but for it. In other words, Webster and Oswald were
behind the Iron Curtain to transfer American technology to the Soviet Jews.
We have previously published that
Oswald’s main purpose for defection to the Soviet Union was to relay highly
classified U-2 documentation to enable the Soviets to shoot down the spy plane.
Quite recently, we uncovered a document by Mae Brussell in which she made an
identical claim, charging precisely as we did that Oswald was sent to the USSR to
derail détente with the Soviet Union. By shooting down the U-2, the
Eisenhower-Khrushchev meeting of May 1960 was permanently scuttled, with a
little help from Americans who sabotaged Gary Powers’ plane.
One of Oswald’s calling cards when
pleading for entry into the USSR was that he was a former Marine who had
valuable radar technology to give his hosts. Not only did he have radar
knowledge, but also had U2 knowledge earned while stationed at Atsugi.
Webster for his part delivered
significant plastics technologies, the details about which we are uncertain.
Marina’s job was to coordinate liaisons between these 2 men, and possibly
others, and to shuttle information, most likely involving the CIA officer at
the US embassy in Moscow.
The fact that the Soviets showed very
little interest in Oswald is further proof that they knew he was in the USSR on
an intelligence operation to benefit them. Oswald’s repatriation back to the US
was as miraculous as his arrival in the USSR. The State Department either
loaned or gave him money upon his arrival in the US in 1962.
However, keep in mind that when we
say Oswald, we are not talking about the Lee Harvey Oswald of fame. We are
speaking of the imposter who exercised Hoover to the extent that the FBI
Director wrote a memo expressing his concerns about impersonation.
The Oswald who accompanied Marina
back to the US was most likely DeMohrenschildt’s son, eponymously known as
Oleg. The person who greeted them at the airport described him as “5 foot
nothing” – a far cry from 5’ 11” of 5’ 9”. Oleg melted into the landscape,
whereupon HARVEY assumed the role of Oswald and Marina’s husband.
The main reasons we believe that
“Oleg” was the “Oswald” who accompanied Marina out of the USSR are the
accumulation of small errors in details which an American would not make. In
particular, he gave his place of birth as New Orleans, Texas. Apparently Oleg
confused his destination with Oswald’s place of birth. He also stated that he
married Marina on April 31.
The relationship between Marina and
HARVEY was always very strange, troubled, and conflicted. They spent a great
deal of time apart while in the US, with HARVEY showing almost no interest in
the birth of his alleged second daughter Rachel. Clearly there was no familial
relationship between the two people. When HARVEY left his wedding ring on the
nightstand the morning of 11/22, he was signaling that the Oswald Project was
over, but had no idea that his life would be over 2 days later when Frank
Sturgis of the CIA murdered him at the Dallas Police Department where HARVEY
One of the most chilling statements
supporting our contention about the fake marriage between Marina and HARVEY is
Marina’s statement before the HSCA where she refers to HARVEY as “the person
was dead” – a most impersonal voyeuristic expression of a stranger. Our
collective jaw dropped when we read the statement. Here is a man who was
supposed to have been her husband and the father of her 2 children, but she
refers to him as “the person!”
The implications of this relationship
are clear. Neither daughter bearing the Oswald name was the offspring of
HARVEY. They may have been the children of Marina and Oleg, but LEE is another
possible candidate father of Rachel. John Armstrong reported that a woman
living on 10th St in Dallas stated that she rented an apartment to a couple who
looked very much like Marina and LEE. If one dismisses it is an unreliable
identification, then one must dismiss all of the alleged identifications of
Oswald reported from 1960-1963.
Our solution to the Oswald problem is
that HARVEY never defected to the USSR. A CIA sleeper agent entered the country
- perhaps not as described – ie departure from New Orleans, to Havre, to
London, to Helsinki, to Stockholm, to Helsinki, to Moscow – but perhaps through
normal diplomatic transport. One of the secretaries at the embassy stated that
Oswald had access to areas normally restricted to all but those possessing the
highest security clearance, thus eliminating the need for the Byzantine route
into the USSR. The elaborate story was for the public and probably sprang from
the fertile imagination of E Howard Hunt.
The interviews given the 2
journalists were conducted by the CIA “Oswald.” The fact that Johnson’s article
was squirreled away for 4 years indicates that it used to lay a legend, and
brought to light at the right moment. CIA “Oswald” briefed Johnson on how the
compose the story for future operations which is why she spent 7 hours with her
When Oswald left the USSR in 1962
with Marina, it was Oleg DeMorhenschildt rather than HARVEY. Once Oleg was in
this country, HARVEY assumed the role of Lee Harvey Oswald, and was manipulated
by George DeMohrenschildt, the vile Ruth Paine, and others into the patsy
It is unknown what happened to
Metropole Oswald – he either disappeared into the cloak and dagger woodwork, or
returned to the United States after his mission was over.
The main idea motivating our thesis
is that not one shred of sound forensic evidence – especially photographic –
exists to prove that Lee HARVEY Oswald was in the USSR. It was all an elaborate
The extent of the fraud perpetrated
upon the American people by this monstrous lie staggers the imagination. The
Jewish CIA was engaged in wholesale transfer of American technology to the
Jewish USSR, in part to keep the Cold War going. It was another in a long
string of betrayals by Jews to this nation, a string which includes the
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