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ELEANOR HALL: It has spawned countless conspiracy theories and, almost half a century on, there's
still enormous secrecy surrounding it.

The 1963 assassination of US president John F Kennedy has been blamed on the CIA, Fidel Castro, the
mafia, even president Lynden Johnson; an Oliver Stone film fanned speculation about government
involvement in the killing, and there are still millions of documents relating to the President's
death that have never been released.

Now, new research into the assassination reveals that there certainly was a massive government
cover-up, but not because the government was trying to protect those responsible for the shooting.

Lamar Waldron's book Legacy of Secrecy is about to be released in Australia and a short time ago I
spoke to the author from his home in Georgia:

ELEANOR HALL: Lamar Waldron, who killed JFK?

LAMAR WALDRON: Well the Mafia godfather, Carlos Marcello, is one of several who made actually a
very credible confession to JFK's murder. And Carlos Marcello told an FBI informant back in 1985
that he had not only ordered JFK's murder but he had even met with Lee Harvey Oswald, and Marcello
even told the FBI informant that he had set up Jack Ruby in business in Dallas and that Jack Ruby
was his man in Dallas.

But of course there has been so much government secrecy about JFK's murder, people are only
learning about it now, but the book also explains why there has been so much government secrecy in
the past and why a lot of that government secrecy even continues today.

ELEANOR HALL: Well it's very interesting, you analysis shows there certainly was a government cover
up, but not because the government was trying to protect those responsible for the shooting. So why
did people at the highest levels of government conspire to prevent a full investigation of the
assassination?

LAMAR WALDRON: Well people often forget that the Kennedy assassination occurred just one year after
that tense nuclear standoff during the Cuban Missile crisis. And so the reason that Bobby Kennedy,
the president's own brother - who was our attorney-general at the time, the top law enforcement
official in the US -Bobby Kennedy worked with people he didn't like very much, like the FBI
director, J. Edgar Hoover and the new president, Belinda Johnson, they all had to kind of work
together to cover up a lot of information about JFK's murder, to prevent world war III and that's
because the Mafia had planted phoney evidence pointing to Fidel Castro.

So it was simply the matter that if too much was investigated or became public too quickly, that
could have called for a US attack against Cuba, and there's a big reason that the book reveals in
great detail that Bobby Kennedy knew that Fidel might have been mad at the US - he actually wasn't
but could have been - and that's because John and Robert Kennedy were getting ready to overthrow
Fidel Castro, stage a coup against Fidel Castro.

That was planned for just 10 days after Dallas. The Mafia had been barred from that coup plan and
in fact John and Robert Kennedy were waging the biggest war against the Mafia that America had ever
seen and has ever seen.

But even though the Mafia was barred from the coup plan, Marcello and his associates managed to
learn about it and they were able to actually take parts of the secret coup plan and use those
parts of that plan against JFK. So even the bullet found in Osmond's rifle had been linked to this
top secret coup plan.

ELEANOR HALL: So do you think the Mafia was doing this deliberately in order to make sure that
there was no clear investigation of who was behind the assassination?

LAMAR WALDRON: More than that, I think the Mafia actually had hoped that the US would go ahead and
invade Cuba because obviously if we're at war with Cuba that's going to make it even more difficult
to hold a thorough investigation.

So the Mafia got much of what they wanted - JFK was killed, Bobby's war against the Mafia was
essentially ended - but they didn't get everything; the US did not go ahead and invade Cuba, cooler
heads prevailed, but the resulting secrecy has had a tragic effect on the United States ever since.

We have the actual story from the people who actually worked on this plan with John and Robert
Kennedy, worked on the secrecy, helped control the autopsy. But again all for the good of the
country and in fact that is a term that would be used with officials when they would be pressured
to change their testimony to the Warren Commission.

They would say, 'well you can't say what you really saw for the good of the country.' So you know
we did actually avoid world war III, and that's a good thing, but that secrecy continues to dog the
US even today.

And these Kennedy officials who had been in the limousine right behind JFK clearly saw the shots
from the grassy knoll, were pressured to change their testimony and they did so.

ELEANOR HALL: You mentioned the grassy knoll, there was so much evidence that there were shots from
the grassy knoll, why was it so important to the government that the single shooter theory be
believed?

LAMAR WALDRON: The reason that the government actually focussed on just Oswald and didn't want to
go beyond Oswald, they actually didn't want to dig too deeply into Oswald because if there was
clearly more than one shooter, then that would raise questions - well it couldn't have been a lone
nut who fired a magic bullet, there had to be someone else involved and the obvious suspect would
have been somebody related to Fidel Castro.

And what most readers will find for the first time, and your listeners will hear for the first
time, Dallas was not the first time they had tried to kill JFK. They had tried three weeks earlier
in Chicago, again phoney evidence planted pointing towards Fidel, JFK had to cancel his entire
Chicago motorcade at the last minute and then the Mafia tried to kill JFK again just four days
before Dallas in Florida.

So you couldn't let that kind of information come out.

ELEANOR HALL: Do you think that if Bobby Kennedy and say Richard Helms had known then how their
actions would protect the mob, that they would still have covered up to the extent that they did?

LAMAR WALDRON: Well imagine poor Bobby Kennedy on the afternoon of his brother's murder, he's just
spent the morning meeting with his Mafia prosecutors and by the way, one of those prosecutors who's
been a very big supporter of the book and has written globally about it because it fits with what
he knew.

So Bobby had been plotting his strategy against Carlos Marcello and the Mafia family in Tampa in
Chicago that morning and he's at lunch in his Virginia mansion that afternoon and he's expecting
that in 10 days Fidel Castro is going to be eliminated, assassinated in an open jeep in Cuba and
that the head of the Cuban army will have arranged that, will have blamed Fidel's assignation on a
Russian or a Russian sympathiser and then this man, the head of the Cuban army, Commander Juan
Almeida will invite US forces in to help prevent Soviet takeover and this will all lead to eventual
free elections and a democratic government in Cuba.

That's what Bobby's expecting and instead he hears that his own brother has been killed in an open
car in Dallas and then he hears that somebody, seemingly with a Cuba connection, has been arrested
for it. And so Bobby quickly realised that somehow his plan had been compromised and Bobby by the
way was the leading official on the coup plan. And so Bobby knew quickly that something had
happened with this but he also knew that this could not come out at all or it could mean world war
III.

ELEANOR HALL: Do you think the Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinations could have been
prevented had the JFK investigation gone ahead without constraint?

LAMAR WALDRON: Most definitely and completely, that's completely true in the case Martin Luther
King, because Carlos Marcello was later involved in brokering the contract on the murder of Martin
Luther King for a white supremacist because Marcello and this white supremacist here in Georgia
were basically allowed to stay free largely in part through the efforts of J. Edgar Hoover.

People haven't really known about the connection between James Earl Ray, that white supremacist,
and Carlos Marcello because the FBI had to cover that up. So in other words an early cover up about
JFK allowed the key assignation to happen; these things were buried so deep it's literally taken
more than 40 years for all of this information to finally start coming out.

ELEANOR HALL: Lamar Waldron, thanks very much for speaking to us.

LAMAR WALDRON: Thank you so much.

ELEANOR HALL: Lamar Waldron is the author of Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK
Assassination. And it if you want to delve deeper into the murky secrets surrounding the JFK
assassination, you'll find an extended version of that interview on our website.