LONDON, Eng. – Wikileaks has obtained a “treasure trove” of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, founder Julian Assange announced from the Ecuadorian Embassy Saturday.
The documents are said to shed light on the planning and execution of the assassination, which took place in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. “When we first received these documents, they contained explosive new details,” Assange told The Guardian, adding, “The world will finally know the true face behind this atrocious attack.”
Wikileaks provided select news organizations, including The Guardian and Real News Right Now, with an advanced media packet containing highlights from the classified archives.
Forged documents created by the KGB listed the assassin, a Russian national, as arriving in the United States in 1920 at the young age of fifteen. However, according to CIA documents included in the Wikileaks bundle, the assassin first arrived in the United States in 1941 where he opened a clothing alteration service in downtown Dallas.
Prior to his arrival in the U.S., the individual, who is identified frequently by name throughout the classified documents, was among the top KGB operatives in the Soviet Union at the time. Proficient in several languages, he was able to assimilate himself into American culture and had keen knowledge of advanced engineering techniques.
Utilizing that knowledge, the assassin was able to modify an 8mm Bell & Howell Zoomatic Director Series Model 414-PD camera to fire a 6.5x52mm bullet, the same type of round that killed JFK, while still being able to record video. Following proof of death, the assassin received a payment of $1 million, the equivalent of $7.8 million by today’s standards, from the Soviet government.
Real News Right Now reached out to Russian and United States government officials regarding both the leaked documents and the JFK assassination, however both nations declined to comment.