I realize that I haven’t posted much lately but with the Dallas Lancer conference and continued writing I just don’t seem to get around to it. However, during the Dallas conference we had some dialog about substantive loose ends which really should be addressed with the upcoming 50th anniversary. And one of those its the very real, and immensely important question of who FBI Agent Hosty was referring to when he remarked to a Secret Service agent following the assassination that the FBI had observed Oswald meeting with two subversives but since it was an intelligence matter they had been unable to communicate about it. He assured the agent that his FBI superiors mist undoubtedly be sharing that information with the Secret Service.
I discuss this incident in considerable detail in SWHT on pages 198-199 and a couple of other places. The agent, William Patterson, reported the conversation in a memorandum. At one point in time when I was having some limited communications with Jim Hosty I gave him a copy of Patterson’s memo and asked if he would like to comment on it after he had time to read and think about it. We did talk further, he was very friendly and open about most things we discussed, including several details of FBI surveillance on Oswald in Mexico City that never seem to have made it into any official records, but he just didn’t prefer to discuss the Patterson incident.
Now I believe that both Patterson and Hosty were telling the truth in their remarks and that Oswald had indeed been observed meeting with “subversives” in Dallas some two weeks before the assassination. Now who would that be? Given that Oswald was not under full time surveillance perhaps it was when he himself made contact with the “subversives”. One thing we do know is that the Bureau was going full tilt into the issue of Cuban exiles purchasing weapons and preparing for attacks on Cuba. There is also reason to suspect that the FBI may well have had the house on Harlandale street under regular surveillance.
We should have paid a lot more attention to this lead over the years, especially when documents began to show up that an FBI agent named Heitman had the Cuban beat in Dallas, that among other things he was investigating suspected Cuban double agents among the exiles and that he was pulled off for a great deal of the Dallas JFK investigation for some six months after the assassination – including checking into a couple of exiles who had a Rambler station wagon and who had attended a meeting in which John Martino had made an appearance. What is perhaps even more interesting is that while a few pre assassination documents are available, the vast majority on Heitman are post assassination.
It seems a lead deserving really serious inquiry, hopefully one more more people will choose to dig into it as we enter the 50th year after the assassination.