Programmed to Kill: Lee Harvey Oswald, the Soviet KGB, and the Kennedy Assassination

Programmed to Kill: Lee Harvey Oswald, the Soviet KGB, and the Kennedy Assassination

by Ion Mihai Pacepa


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Programmed to Kill: Lee Harvey Oswald, the Soviet KGB, and the Kennedy Assassination by Ion Mihai Pacepa

Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest intelligence official ever to defect from the Soviet bloc, reviews the Kennedy assassination, reveals facts covered up by the Kremlin, and addresses questions left unanswered by official investigations and numerous books. Pacepa is the only investigator of the assassination who had direct knowledge of the KGB's ties to Lee Harvey Oswald. Programmed to Kill places Pacepa's knowledge about the KGB's secret involvement with Oswald in the context of factual reporting that has appeared on the case. The book juxtaposes the KGB modus operandi—mostly unknown to outsiders—against the irrefutable evidence assembled by the FBI and other U.S. investigators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566637619
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 12/25/2007
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 866,246
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Ion Mihai Pacepa was national security adviser to Romania's president and acting chief of his foreign intelligence service. In 1978 he was granted political asylum by President Carter. He lives in the United States under a concealed identity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     xi
Principal Figures in the Book     xvii
Kennedy Killed by a "Serzhant"     3
Moscow's Operation Dragon     11
First Hard Evidence of the PGU's Hand     18
Recruiting a Serzhant     26
A "Defector"     31
Recruitment in Japan     36
An Ideal Agent     43
Working for the PGU     50
A Secret Trip to Moscow     56
Soviet Citizenship Denied     64
Bogus Documents     71
Khrushchev Declares War on Kennedy     76
May Day in Moscow     82
Assassination Becomes a Tool of Foreign Policy     91
Testing the Waters     98
Prelude to Repatriation     103
Marina     112
A Foothold in Texas     120
The Commo Plan     126
Oswald's Best Friend     133
The Background of an Illegal Officer     145
Trained to Make Friends, Not Money     156
The Friend's PGU Role     164
A Shift in Plans     178
Khrushchev's Final Humiliation     184
Oswald Goes It Alone     187
The DryRun     193
A Game of Jai Alai     198
Plans for Kennedy's Visit     206
Moscow's Cold Shoulder     211
Disappointment in Mexico City     217
The Lone Assassin     227
The Silence of the Grave     237
The Cuban Contribution     246
Nosenko's Testimony     259
A Tangled Web of Deception     266
Death of a Hit Man     272
Operation Dragon Lives On     278
Connecting the Dots     283
Notes     305
Index     337

What People are Saying About This

Vladimir Tismaneanu

"A provocative book that will definitely change our understanding of one of the 20th century's most disturbing and puzzling episodes."

Michael Ledeen

"Pacepa is undoubtedly the person most knowledgeable about Soviet espionage.... No previous author could have written with such authority."--(Michael Ledeen, author of The War Against the Terror Masters)

Donald T. Critchlow

"Fiction or non-fiction? I will let the readers judge, but Pacepa's book makes for a fantastic read."--(Donald T. Critchlow, co-editor of American Conspiracies Revealed)

Arnaud de Borchgrave

"Meticulously detailed.... Covers all the bases left open by government investigations and the hundreds of books published on the assassination."--(Arnaud de Borchgrave, editor at large for The Washington Times)

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