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Robert Kennedy Jr. Believes CIA Killed His Uncle
Democrat presidential contender Robert Kennedy Jr. has recently endorsed the theory that his uncle, former President John F. Kennedy, was murdered with help from the CIA.
In 1963, 35th President John F. Kennedy was shot while riding in a convertible with his wife, Jackie, during a parade in Dallas, Texas. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have consistently refuted any claims that they were complicit in Kennedy’s murder.
Although Lee Harvey Oswald was said to be the only shooter in the incident, there have been widespread rumors and discussions of extra shooters and governmental backing for decades. This comes despite the fact that Oswald was publicly acknowledged as the sole shooter who allegedly acted alone.
However, in a 1979 report, a House committee set up efforts to look into the murder and concluded that, given the available scientific evidence, it was likely that at least two assailants shot at the president. Although, the committee was unable to identify the second shooter or the scope of the conspiracy.
The earliest mention of the term “conspiracy theorist” emerged in 1863, in a letter published by the New York Times.
However, a 1967 CIA dispatch called “Countering Criticisms of the Warren Report” regarding the 1964 report of the Warren Commission, a group of officials appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate Kennedy’s assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald, refers to “conspiracy theories” and “conspiracy theorists,” according to AP News.
After the 1967 document came out, the term resurfaced and quickly gained popularity.
According to John McCone, the CIA’s director at the time of Kennedy’s murder, he said in a testimony before a House committee that Oswald was not an operative, and the agency never interacted with or associated with him.
In Kennedy Jr.’s Sunday interview, the presidential candidate made the claim that his uncle’s murder in November 1963 was directly related to his opposition to sending American troops to Vietnam.