New York: The US has released nearly 3,000 secret files related to the assassination of former president John F Kennedy, which divulged details of attempts of the CIA to kill Cuban president Fidel Castro besides other revelations.
1963 report: The documents also revealed that the FBI had got a death threat on Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy slayer, the day before his murder. But Jack Ruby, the Dallas nightclub owner, was still able to kill Oswald. However, Ruby said 'no one was associated with him' and 'denied having made the telephone call' to Dallas office.
1963 report: A British newspaper received an anonymous phone call about 'big news' in the US minutes before Kennedy was shot. The information was passed on to local police and then to the US authorities. Anna Savva, a current Cambridge News reporter, said on that the paper has no record of the incident.
1975 report: Marked 'top secret', the report detailed the Kennedy administration's plans to hire the mafia to assassinate Fidel Castro. The CIA had even hired a prominent Italian-American mobster in Chicago to 'approach Sam Giancana with a proposition of paying $1,50,000 to hire some gunman to go into Cuba and kill Castro.'
1960 memo: A 'Hollywood call girl' named Sue Young told FBI that a private detective had asked her about sex parties involving senator John F. Kennedy, his brother-in-law and movie actor Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra. The girl said she didn't cooperate with the probe.
1962 document: The files also revealed a national security council document - before Kennedy's murder - referenced 'Operation Mongoose', a covert attempt to topple communism in Cuba. The minutes of the meeting said that the CIA would examine the possibilities of sabotaging airplane parts which were scheduled to be shipped from Canada to Cuba.
1963: The files also showed that the Soviet Union officials feared a conspiracy was behind the death of Kennedy, perhaps organized by a rightwing coup or Kennedy's successor Lyndon Johnson.
1963: Soviet Union leaders considered Oswald a 'neurotic maniac who was disloyal to his own country and everything else'.
1963 report: A Ku Klux Klan member said that Lyndon Johnson, 36th president of the United States, was formerly a member of the Klan during the early days of his political career.
The files, though open to public, are not in proper order. Onmanorama will be updating the page with more revelations.
(With inputs from agencies)
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