The revelation comes because the US releases extra paperwork regarding the probe into the John F. Kennedy assassination
Former Mexican president Jose Lopez Portillo, who led the nation from 1976 to 1982, was an asset of the Central Intelligence Company (CIA), in accordance with a brand new batch of declassified paperwork revealed by the US Nationwide Archives.
Among the many papers, regarding a CIA probe into the homicide of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, was a memo from a gathering of CIA brokers on November 29, 1976.
Within the discussions, US intelligence official Invoice Sturbitts knowledgeable his colleagues that “Mexico will quickly have a brand new president, a person who has had management of Liaison for numerous years.”
Lopez Portillo was not talked about by title within the memo, however the assembly came about only a few days earlier than he formally assumed the presidency.
He had run for workplace earlier that yr as the only candidate from the Institutional Revolutionary Celebration, which dominated the nation from 1929 to 2000. Lopez Portillo died in 2004 on the age of 83.
The assembly described within the memo was devoted to the anticipated launch in mid-December 1976 of papers from the CIA’s investigation into Lee Harvey Oswald – the person convicted for JFK’s homicide. Oswald had visited Mexico shortly earlier than the deadly pictures have been fired in Dallas, and US intelligence subsequently carried out a large-scale surveillance and phone-tapping operation within the nation.
Authorities concluded that the Marine veteran shot the president from a sixth-floor window in a close-by constructing because the presidential motorcade was passing by. Oswald denied the accusations, telling the media that he was a “patsy.” He was shot lifeless two days after JFK’s assassination whereas in police custody. Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby, was sentenced to dying, however died of lung most cancers whereas in jail.
Sturbitts stated in the course of the 1976 assembly that Mexico’s new chief “will be anticipated to not look favorably upon publicity of that relationship” with the CIA, in accordance with the declassified paper.
Lopez Portillo has change into the fourth former Mexican president named as a US intelligence asset. The opposite three are Luis Echeverria, who was in workplace between 1970 and 1976, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz (1964-1970) and Adolfo Lopez Mateos (1958-1964).
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