More Mexico Mysteries

Rex Bradford
May 2002

Mexico City remains an enigma wrapped in a mystery inside a riddle, or however it goes. The 1976 Tarasoff interview is one of the keys to a deeper mystery not revealed for the most part in "the record," which increasingly smacks of coverup. But a coverup of what? Not a Cuban or Soviet conspiracy, in my view, but rather of a false Communist conspiracy, one which had more seemingly legitimate evidence supporting it than there now appears to be. And one which was somehow wrapped in a "legitimate" CIA operation, perhaps a staged provocation involving Oswald or "Oswald" at the Cuban Embassy, that was hijacked into an assassination plot. In such a scenario, the CIA's ability to untangle itself from the Kennedy assassination per se may have been an impossible task, necessitating an Agency coverup. Problematic for the CIA also is that some Agency insiders may very well have been in on the assassination plot.

Anne Goodpasture, author of the 133-page Mexico City Chronology [Several copies exist, one is at RIF #104-10086-10001] and right-hand aide to CIA Mexico City Station Chief Win Scott, knew more about the real goings on during the "Oswald" visit than most. What does it mean, then, that she put the following in the lengthy Mexico City Station History, which was apparently written in 1969 and 1970?

In 1963 the routine reporting of an operational lead by LIENVOY developed into a long investigation. A man with a US accent, speaking broken Russian, telephoned both the Soviet and Cuban Embassies on 26 September and 6 October 1963. He identified himself as Lee Oswald and Harvey Oswald. [Mexico City Station History Excerpts, at RIF #104-10414-10124, p. 43-44]

If the record is to be fully believed, then the paragraph shown above is replete with errors. Both dates are wrong, and no call to the Cuban Embassy was made ( a matter of no small importance). And the caller never referred to himself as "Harvey Oswald," a name that keeps showing up in the record like an unwanted relative [See Appendix II: The Documentary Life of Harvey Lee Oswald, in Peter Dale Scott's Deep Politics II].

Not surprising then, when in 1978 Anne Goodpasture interrupted her HSCA interviewers before they had barely asked a question, to let them know that she might say things that conflicted with the record:

Miss Goodpasture: I am just concerned that some of my testimony may be in conflict with records.

Mr. Goldsmith: I understand.

Miss Goodpasture: Through faulty memory. [HSCA testimony of Anne Goodpasture, 11-20-78, p. 6]

Faulty memories, perhaps. Faulty records, more than likely. Faulty history, for certain.


AUTHOR'S NOTE: Much of the documentary material on which this essay is based comes from the newly-released Russ Holmes Work File, a hefty collection of CIA records concerning many aspects of the JFK assassination. Declassified mostly in 1998 and 1999, these documents contain a huge amount of additional material on the "Oswald in Mexico City" affair. Selections from the roughly 46,000 pages of records in this collection are online here at History Matters. The entire collection is available for purchase on an 8-CD-ROM set, created in a joint venture with the Assassination Archives and Research Center, which possesses a complete paper copy of the collection (from which the CD-ROMs were made). See the History Matters catalog for more information on this rich resource.


The Russ Holmes Work File, consisting of over 45,000 pages of CIA records on the JFK assassination, is available in an 8-CD set.