The Ochelli Effect returns with your host Chuck Ochelli and C.A.A. Savastano to discuss a cryptonym (codename) related to the JFK case and one notable 1950s CIA Project seeking to recruit defectors from Soviet controlled East Germany.
The pseudonym Thomas B. Casasin belongs to a largely unknown Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. His name appeared in a memo researchers for years have discussed that supports that at least one Agency employee considered using Lee Harvey Oswald for the acquisition of foreign intelligence. While this does not definitively connect Oswald to the CIA, it does offer that possibility was quite real. While the mythical secret agent Oswald a few offer is improbable, we do have verifiable evidence dispelling past claims that Oswald would never be considered for official use.i However, there is more to the story of Casasin than just the prior versions of this notable memo...Read More
Feasibly both the United States and Russian governments utilized several travelers and defectors. These people were tourists or aspiring expatriates who seemingly wished to embrace foreign life. These defectors in some cases provided useful intelligence data on topics of official interest. Over twenty United States military personnel defected from 1960 to 1962.i The Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation debriefed some upon their return. Other prior defectors continued to be sources of official information...Read More
Competing influences surround the Oswalds. Official groups vied for their various statements and influenced public perceptions. The earliest statements evolve in time. Official suppression and contending evidence regarding Lee Harvey Oswald is worthy of note. However, some public authorities and critics of conspiracy often state no proof exists of official interest in using Oswald for operational purposes...Read More
Despite corroborated suppressed evidence and a possible feasibly small conspiracy, I do not support that most official evidence is tainted. However, key moments and official assertions are deficient in my view and require further study and comparison with the facts. Namely, the assertion by the Commission that Lee Harvey Oswald regularly practiced with his Carcano rifle on a regular basis. This idea while supported by many critics of conspiracy is not as reliable as some imagine...Read More
Did Lee Harvey Oswald make every appearance at the Communist aligned Cuban and Soviet Embassy in Mexico City? This long debated question has both inspired new evidentiary findings and generated untenable speculations. However, the speculation appears on both sides of this debate. Some have overlooked all the evidence and others have created unlikely constructs to explain the events. Considering some of the arguments in comparison to the primary evidence may narrow the field...Read More
For decades, the United States government contended there was no Communist or domestic plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. However not all in government agreed, some would allow the repeated breach of law to conceal their involvement for the "implications". While some may enjoy reciting the findings of the President's "Warren" Commission, the following information is intentionally absent. Commission documents are definitely not the complete story...Read More