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Lee & Marina Oswald, daughter June in Minsk, Russia, 1962. Courtesy: CSU Archives / Everett Collection

Lee Harvey Oswald was a KGB associate who was personally instructed by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to assassinate President Kennedy. Sometime shortly thereafter, the Soviets changed their minds, and Oswald was told to drop the plan. But Oswald, harboring a blinding love for all things USSR, refused.

A new book by two former intelligence chiefs — one from the west, one from the east — tosses this tale on the voluminous pile of JFK assassination theories.

“Operation Dragon: Inside The Kremlin’s Secret War on America,” (Encounter Books), was written by Ambassador R. James Woolsey, who ran the CIA from 1993-1995 (and who, ironically, resigned abruptly during the scandal over Aldrich Ames, a CIA officer turned Russian double agent), and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former acting chief of Communist Romania’s espionage service and the “highest-ranking intelligence official from an enemy country ever granted political asylum in the United States” (Pacepa died of COVID earlier this month).

Lee Harvey Oswald's mug shot, taken on November 23, 1963.
Lee Harvey Oswald’s mug shot, taken on November 23, 1963.
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The authors claim that all the evidence needed to make their case is contained in the 26-volume Warren Commission Report, but that so much of it is “codified” that no one understood its significance until now.

“Decoded, these pieces of evidence prove that John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, had a clandestine meeting in Mexico City with his Soviet case officer, ‘comrade Kostin,’ ” the authors write, “who … belongs to the KGB’s Thirteenth Department for assassinations abroad.”

Nikita Khrushchev seen speaking with John F. Kennedy in early 1963.
Nikita Khrushchev seen speaking with John F. Kennedy in early 1963.
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According to the authors, the Soviets recruited Oswald in 1957, when he was a US Marine serving in Japan. After working clandestine missions for them for several years — including providing the information that allowed them to shoot down American pilot Gary Powers in 1960 — he was assigned in 1962, possibly by Khrushchev himself, to begin preparations to assassinate President Kennedy.

“Although Oswald wished to remain in the Soviet Union, he was eventually persuaded to return to the US to assassinate President Kennedy, whom Khrushchev had come to despise,” they write. “Oswald was … given a Soviet wife and sent back to the US in June 1962.”

According to the authors, sometime between that June and April 1963, the Soviets changed their minds, and recalled the assignment. Oswald, though, was too gung-ho, and was set on seeing it through.

Jackie Kennedy seen in a photograph with Nikita Khrushchev.
Jackie Kennedy seen in a photograph with Nikita Khrushchev.
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“Oswald knew that Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of Oswald’s paradise and new home, the Soviet Union, had entrusted him with that task, and he was confident he could pull it off,” the authors write. “By this time, however, the KGB and [the country’s] leaders realized that Khrushchev’s crazy ideas were giving their country a terrible reputation . . . another false step by the hot-headed Khrushchev, and there might be nuclear war.”

The authors offer no evidence of an assassination order, or of any order to reverse course. They do offer evidence, often in the form of letters, of Oswald meeting with KGB agents, and other preparations for Oswald and his family to return to the Soviet Union once he completed his mission.

The telegraph from Mrs. J.D. Tippit, widow of the Dallas police officer killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, to Jacqueline Kennedy is displayed at the press preview of the special exhibition "A Nation Remembers", about the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
The telegraph from Mrs. J.D. Tippit, widow of the Dallas police officer killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, to Jacqueline Kennedy is displayed at the press preview of the special exhibition “A Nation Remembers”, about the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
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In one such letter, Oswald wrote to the Soviet Embassy on July 1, 1963, asking for separate visas for him and his wife and daughters. The authors believe this makes it clear that “Oswald wanted to see his wife and children back in the Soviet Union before assassinating President Kennedy and that he required a separate entry visa for himself to [use] after accomplishing his mission.”

Another, dated November 9 of that year — just two weeks before Kennedy’s assassination — was written after Oswald returned from a trip to Mexico City, and references a meeting with “Comrade Kostin,” who the authors identify as “Valery Kostikov, an identified PGU officer of the Thirteenth Department.”

The former residence of Lee Harvey Oswald at 214 West Neely Street in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas.
The former residence of Lee Harvey Oswald at 214 West Neely Street in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas.
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The authors also offer what they consider evidence of Soviet efforts at disinformation after the fact, as they tried to convince the world that the assassination was driven by any entity but the Soviet Union.

One such piece of evidence is the first book released along these lines, “Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy?” which hit bookstores in 1964. The book claims that Oswald was “an FBI agent provocateur with a CIA background,” and that he was the fall guy for the real culprits, which included “some officials of the CIA and FBI” along with “reactionary oil billionaires such as H.L. Hunt.”

Lee & Marina Oswald with their daughter in Minsk, Russia, in June 1962.

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Photo of Lee Harvey Oswald with rifle, taken in Oswald's back yard, Neely Street, Dallas Texas, March 1963. The photo was Warren Commission exhibit 133-A.

Lee Harvey Oswald posing with rifle, taken in Oswald’s back yard, Neely Street, Dallas Texas, March 1963.

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Jackie Kennedy leans over John F. Kennedy after he was shot.

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View of flowers on the backseat of Vice-President Lyndon Johnson’s Lincoln convertible as it sits parked near the entrance of Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963.

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Caroline Kennedy kneels beside her mother, Jacqueline, during memorial ceremonies for the late President John F. Kennedy.

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They also claim that the book’s author, Joachim Joesten, was “a German-born American Communist identified as a PGU agent,” and that the book’s publisher was similarly connected.

Whatever the veracity of the author’s claims, people intrigued by the Kennedy assassination will find much here to be enthralled by. If the case they lay out is not exactly iron-clad, their certainty is undeniable.

“In the end, there is no doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald was trained by the KGB to commit the assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” the authors write.

“Even after the KGB ordered Oswald to stand down, Oswald stubbornly went ahead with what he considered his personal mission as bestowed upon him by his hero, Khrushchev.”

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Are the Cuomo harassment allegations just political correctness?

I’m tired of the hypocrisy of calls for Governor Cuomo to step down because of allegations that he made a joke about eating a sausage, or tried to kiss someone. If everyone who has ever made an off-color joke were fired, the unemployment line would extend around the globe. No one is accusing him of sexual assault or that they were fired. We’ve gone too far with political correctness, don’t you think?

This topic is too important and sensitive to do it justice in a pithy way in the space that we have, but here’s what I can say: Most people, bosses and employers, do the right thing. They know how to work together and treat people with respect. I also know that there has always been bad behavior, and it still goes on today. The current backlash is because women have been silenced and unsupported for too long. No more. But the punishment needs to fit the crime, so no, not every transgression deserves to destroy a career. However, with the heightened awareness of these issues, if you are a person in power and make stupid comments with sexual innuendo, then you will find it very difficult to find any sympathy with the excuse that you didn’t mean to offend anyone.

My company shuttered last year due to COVID-19, so I’m seeking a new opportunity. LinkedIn seems the most reputable resource, yet I also receive alerts from other job sites which often don’t correlate with LinkedIn. How accurate are online job listings?

My friends, I know how hard it is to look for a job. There are numerous job sites and it can be difficult to navigate them all. My experience is that the major job boards are credible. However, you and millions of other job seekers are doing the same thing. Your resume is likely being sorted by AI software before reaching a human. Should you scour online listings? Yes. Should you rely on one-click apply, sending off your resume and calling it a day? No. Networking with your contacts (and their contacts) is still the best route for most job seekers. If you apply online, try to find a connection in the company directly and inquire that way, too. Employers will appreciate your tenacity.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive and is dedicated to helping New Yorkers get back to work. E-mail your questions to [email protected] Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande and at GoToGreg.com.

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‘Arses’ on the line? Brits fear for Scrabble crackdown on ‘offensive’ words

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‘Arses’ on the line? Brits fear for Scrabble crackdown on ‘offensive’ words

Toy giant Mattel plans to scrub the U.K. versions of Scrabble of hundreds of “offensive” words — leaving game-loving Brits clutching their “boobies” for fear of losing their “arses.”

Other prized words, such as “goolies,” “wrinklies,” “boffing,” “farting” and “fatso,” may also wind up on the wrong side of the official Scrabble lexicon, British aficionados of the little square tiles now worry.

“The woke brigade is ruining our game,” two-time British Scrabble champ Craig Beevers griped to The Scottish Sun.

“I feel this will be the final nail in the coffin for a lot of competitive players,” Beevers added.
Mattel, which owns the rights to Scrabble outside the U.S., isn’t tipping its rack of letters just yet — but The Sun claims the game maker’s in-progress list of forbidden words will run to 400, and reportedly be a worldwide push.

“In Scrabble — as in life — the words we choose matter,” a Mattel exec told the outlet.
Brett Smitheram, a rep for the Association of British Scrabble Players, told The Post Saturday that words are indeed “being compiled for deletion” by Mattel.

“It’s not the Scrabble associations doing it — more that Mattel has decided it has to be done and are compiling the list themselves,” said Smitheram, who is the 2016 World Scrabble Champion.

“Scrabble associations are left with the choice of accepting the new list or really ceasing to be able to use the name “Scrabble” at all.”

Mattel seems intent on removing words that might be seen as derogatory or rude, Smitheram said.

But some alleged offenders may well be salvaged.

“I don’t think that ‘farting’ or similar will be removed,” Smitheram said.

The list is still under discussion, he continued — but not by members of his association’s “Dictionary Committee,” which he said has resigned in protest from the effort.

“This decision isn’t being made by lexicographers,” Smitheram scoffed. “So it’s not likely to create a technically robust word list.”

The effort is reminiscent of a purge of “offensive” Scrabble words from the U.S. version of the game last year.

That time, The North American Scrabble Players Association eliminated 236 words, including racial slurs and other bigoted terms from the official Scrabble word list used at tournaments, a culling made with the support of Hasbro, which owns the rights to the game in North America.

Mattel reps did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Al Capone’s niece recalls him fondly, says his $100M is stashed somewhere

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Al Capone’s niece recalls him fondly, says his $100M is stashed somewhere

Al Capone’s 80-year-old great-niece says she believes the legend that $100 million of the Chicago mobster’s money may be stashed somewhere but said knowledge of the location died with him.

“If it’s anywhere it would be Chicago,” Deirdre Capone told the Sun. “I also believe they have a lot of dealings in Cuba. I believe a lot of money was in safety deposit boxes in Cuba. But I have to let that be now.”

She told the Sun from her home in Florida that she’s “probably the last person on this Earth” to have really known him. She spoke of a new movie about her beloved “Uncle Al” being released on Netflix this week.

British actor Tom Hardy, complete with prosthetics, stars in the biopic “Capone.”

Deirdre, who was 7 when Capone died following a stroke in January, 1947, says the gangster had a sweet side and liked to teach her how to make spaghetti.

Al Capone was her grandfather Ralph’s younger brother.

Ralph was nicknamed “Bottles” for his role in the Capone bootleg empire, the Chicago Outfit, which made its fortune during Prohibition. Deirdre said Ralph was in charge but Al was the front man.

“Al loved the limelight, loved to be out with a beautiful woman on his arm. My grandfather hated it,” she said.

She insisted her relatives had nothing to do with the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, in which seven rival mobsters were killed giving Al Capone the title of “Public Enemy No 1.”

Capone wound up in Alcatraz and Deirdre says he loathed his stint in the island prison. “He couldn’t talk about it, it was so horrific,” she says.

Hardy portrays Capone in the period after his release from the prison — the last years of his life. The mobster died on January 25, 1947 at age 48.

According to the movie, Capone is beset with dementia, with the mental age of a 12-year-old.

Deirdre agrees that by the time he was released his mental state had deteriorated shockingly, but insists this was due to mercury injections she claims were given to him to treat syphilis.

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