August 8, 2011
In 2007, an ailing former CIA operative, E. Howard Hunt, said former president Lyndon Baines Johnson was directly connected to the JFK assassination and its cover-up. Others close to Johnson also indicated the Texan was complicit in the assassination of Kennedy.
The former first Lady, the late Jackie Kennedy, also believed Johnson and cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband, according to a report posted on the Mail Online website.
Secret tapes recorded by historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., soon after the assassination reveal the widow’s belief that the vice president had colluded with Southern businessmen to kill Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald was part of a larger conspiracy, she said.
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Following the murder, Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. She ordered the tapes to be released 50 years after her death to protect the family, but her daughter, Caroline Kennedy, has agreed to release the tapes ahead of the deadline. Jackie Onassis died 17 years ago from cancer aged 64.
It is said Caroline Kennedy agreed to release the tapes to ABC in exchange for the network dropping a drama series about her family.
“Having Kennedy liquidated, thus elevating himself to the presidency without having to work for it himself, could have been a very tempting and logical move on Johnson’s part,” the late E. Howard Hunt wrote in his book, American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate & Beyond. “LBJ had the money and the connections to manipulate the scenario in Dallas and is on record as having convinced JFK to make the appearance in the first place.”
In early 2007, Hunt’s son, Saint John Hunt, said he had received a tape recording from his father in which he revealed his role in the assassination.
Johnson had “an almost maniacal urge to become president, he regarded JFK as an obstacle to achieving that,” Hunt said.