OSWALD IN NEW ORLEANS

‘CASE OF CONSPIRACY WITH THE C.I.A.’ BY HAROLD WEISBERG

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‘The scenario guiding New Orleans District Attorney, Jim Garrison, in his investigation of President Kennedy's assassination can be glimpsed in any bookstore’; the Washington Post told its half-million readers the morning of March 3 1967. ‘The investigation is Garrison's but the script apparently started with Harold Weisberg… former Senate investigator and author of Whitewash... the story continued. George Lardner Jr., who I quote on several occasions in this book, wrote this article. Prior to his first trip to New Orleans, I had ‘briefed’ his national-desk editor. On the way down, Lardner had read Whitewash: The Report on the Warren Report. He phoned me on his return, prior to writing this account. It continues: ‘Weisberg contends that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the real assassin that day in Dallas. So does Jim Garrison. ‘Weisberg contends that Oswald didn't kill Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit either... So does Jim Garrison, the District Attorney labeled Oswald a 'decoy, a fall guy, and a victim.' Weisberg says he said as much a year ago (Whitewash 138). ‘Weisberg also charges that the assassination was also deeply wound up with the plotting of anti-Castro Cuban exiles anxious to kill Fidel Castro, but also angry at Kennedy for the failure of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. Jim Garrison is taking the same tack... Weisberg contends that a 'False Oswald' (Whitewash 137-54) was involved… Jim Garrison… is looking for a False Oswald'…

‘Weisberg had a hard time getting Whitewash printed. He sent it to 63 U.S. publishers, finally putting it out… at his own expense, calling it 'The Book That Couldn't Be Printed'... publishers were afraid to risk government wrath...’ Two months later, in a May 9 dispatch ‘from our own correspondent’ in Washington, the august and respected Times of London ran this story under the headline, ‘Mystery of Kennedy Inquiry Cleared Up’:...

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