Former CIA director was part of a 'benign cover-up' to withhold information from investigators about JFK's assassination
Declassified CIA reports claim former CIA Director Jon McCone withheld information about President John F Kennedy's assassination
The reports claim McCone and other top officials were part of a 'benign cover up' to keep the Warren Commission focused on Lee Harvey Oswald
McCone concluded in his assessment that Oswald, a former Marine, was a 'lone gunman' who acted on his own
The Warren Commission's final report was consistent with McCone's
The declassified CIA reports did not raise question about the findings of the Warren Commission, including that Oswald was the gunman
But the reports acknowledge the failure in the CIA's dealings with the Warren Commission
The CIA report offers no conclusion as McCone's motivations to cover up agency activities
By Kelly Mclaughlin
A former CIA director withheld information about President John F Kennedy's assassination, according to declassified agency reports.
The CIA reports, which were declassified last fall, claim that then-agency head John McCone and other top officials were part of a 'benign cover-up' surrounding the assassination of Kennedy in November 1963.
The report's author, CIA historian David Robarge, claims McCone withheld information to keep the Warren Commission focused on what the agency believed to by the 'best truth… that Lee Harvey Oswald, for as yet undetermined motives, had acted alone,' according to Politico.
McCone and others were 'complicit' in keeping 'incendiary' information from the Warren Commission, a group established in the days after Kennedy's assassination by President Lyndon B Johnson to investigate the incident.
The investigators were officially known at the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy.
McCone, who was appointed by Kennedy, died in 1991. His testimony in front of the commission, including Chief Justice Earl Warren, was considered vital in finding out what led to Kennedy's death.
The former CIA head concluded in his assessment that Oswald, a former Marine, was a 'lone gunman' who acted on his own.
The Warren Commission's final report - after a year-long investigation that included testimony from hundreds of other witnesses - was consistent with McCone's assessment...
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