RUSSIA had “evidence” former US president Lyndon B Johnson was “responsible” for the assassination of John F Kennedy, newly declassified files show.
Top secret documents sanctioned for release by current US President Donald Trump reveal Moscow believed the killing of JFK was a “well organised conspiracy” masterminded by Johnson.
An FBI memo, dated December 1 1966, noted that the KGB was “in possession of data” suggesting Johnson “was responsible for the assassination”.
The revelation was disclosed in a top secret memo sent to the White House by then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in 1966.
Johnson, who was Vice President at the time, went on to become President after Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.
Based on “information” collected by KGB moles, Moscow believed the killing of JFK was part of a “coup” by forces from the “ultra right”.
The note did not elaborate on the claims or provide the “evidence” to back them up.
“They seemed convinced that the assassination was not the deed of one man, but it arose out of a carefully planned campaign in which several people played a part,” the memo says.
The Kremlin demanded to know the “personal relationship” between Johnson and JFK to substantiate the KGB’s evidence.
“KGB headquarters indicated that in view of this information, it was necessary for the Soviet Government to know the existing personal relationship between President Johnson and the Kennedy family, particularly that between President Johnson and Robert and ‘Ted’ Kennedy,” the note added.
Other files show the Kremlin feared the killing of JFG might be used by military generals to whip up anti-Soviet sentiment in the US.
“Our source further stated that Soviet officials were fearful that without leadership, some irresponsible general in the United States might launch a missile attack on the Soviet Union.”
The killing of JKF was pinned on Harvey Oswald, a former Us Marine and Marxist who defected to the Soviet Union in October 1959.
Files about the assassination were released as part of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act.
It is one of 2,981 documents about the slaying of JKF to be disclosed to the public for the first time.
But President Trump said he had “no choice” to withhold many files over FBI and CIA fears information could cause “potentially irreversible harm”.