69th Program Year – Tenth Meeting
The Program: “The Perfect Tragedy: A Secret Intelligence Perspective on the Assassination of President Kennedy” In the highly emotional period following the tragic 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, speculation that the Soviet KGB and/or the Cuban DGI intelligence services had, at one time or another, clandestine operational relationships with the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was suppressed by Soviet and Cuban as well as American authorities. Had the authorities not done so, the situation could have spun out of control and a nuclear holocaust might well have resulted. As more and more information has been revealed, the existence of separate KGB and DGI operational relationships with Oswald is obvious for anyone to see. This talk provides a straightforward explanation of what probably happened between Oswald, the Soviet KGB and the Cuban DGI based on widely-accepted historical facts.
Presenter: Bruce Held was Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy as well as Acting Undersecretary of Energy for Nuclear Security during 2013-2014 with oversight responsibility for America’s nuclear weapons complex, including Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Prior to the Energy Department, Bruce served three decades as a CIA clandestine operations officer, including tours as a CIA Chief of Station in Asia, Latin America, and Africa as well as Special Assistant to CIA Director George Tenet. He received the CIA Intelligence Commendation Medal for “tenacity and extraordinary accomplishments during a period of hostilities.” Bruce is the author of “A Spy’s Guide to the Kennedy Assassination” as well as “A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque”.
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