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WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State John Kerry believes Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone when he shot and killed president John F. Kennedy in Dallas 50 years ago.
Speaking to NBC’s Tom Brokaw, Kerry said he had “serious doubts” the Warren Commission, tasked with investigating the assassination of America’s 35th president, was adequate.
“I certainly have doubts that he was motivated by himself,” Kerry said, in a special aired ahead of the November 22 anniversary of the historic event.
“I’m not sure if anybody else is involved – I won’t go down that road with respect to the Grassy Knoll theory and all that – but I have serious questions about whether they got to the bottom of Lee Harvey Oswald’s time and influence from Cuba and Russia,” he said.
Oswald, a former US Marine, defected to the Soviet Union in October 1959, and returned to the United States five months before shooting and killing Kennedy. Earlier that year, in 1963, he tried and failed to secure a visa to enter Cuba through Mexico.
Kerry strongly denied allegations that the CIA was in any way involved in the murder, which has spurred countless conspiracy theories over the decades since.
Spurned for his comments, the secretary of state seemed uninterested in elaborating further when David Gregory asked him about the comments on Sunday’s Meet the Press program.
“I’m not going to get into that. It’s not something that needs to be commented on,” Kerry told Gregory. “I’m not going to do more than say that its a point of view that I have.”