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**Lee Harvey Oswald's request for Soviet citizenship!! Actual Docs-fogotten history!

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posted on May, 5 2010 @ 03:00 PM

National Security Archives letter, part of a girft from Boris Yeltsin to Bill Clinton

A letter from Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, asking for citizenship from the Soviet Union

I Lee Harvey Oswald, request that I be granted citizenship in the Soviet Union, my visa began on Oct. 15, and will expire on Oct. 21, I must be granted asylum before this date. [Unreadable] I wait for the citizenship decision. At present I am a citizen of the United States of America. I want citizenship because; I am a communist and a worker, I have lived in a decadent capitalist society where the workers are slaves. I am twenty years old, I have completed three years in the United States Marine Corps, I served with the occupation forces in Japan, I have seen American military imperialism in all its forms, I do not want to return to any country outside of the Soviet Union. I am writing to give up my American citizenship and assume the responsibilities of a Soviet citizen. I had saved my money which I earned as a private in the American military for two years, in order to come to Russia for the express purpose of seeking citizenship here. I do not have enough money left to live indefintly [sic] here, or to return to any other country. I have no desire to return to any other country. I ask that my request be given quick consideration. Sincerly[sic], Lee H. Oswald

pdf file of original letter:
Lee Harvey Oswald in his backyard, holding a rifle and a copy of The Militant in 1963.

This story just gave me the willies. This puts the whole story in more reality for me. This guy was a nutbag for sure. What suckers all those people who thought they would have a better life in the USSR-after leaving/defecting from the West.

The photo of Oswald is from the same year as this letter. errieee for me. So, was it a one guy invovled assination or a full-blown Russian/KGB operation? Mafia? We may never know. If they did recruit Oswald for whatever part he played, they did what they were assigned/paid to do, well. Seems like they picked the perfect rube to use.

[edit on 5/5/2010 by anon72]

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 05:32 PM
Do any of you fine ATSers happen to know what date/month and/or edition of the paper he is holding?

I would assume prior to Novermber-looks like a summer pic. I wonder what was going on in his mind at that moment of the pic? What was the atmosphere in that yard? Who all was there? What were they discussing?
Did he know at the moment he planned on leaving the US for the USSR?

The movie J.F.K. keeps poppin' into my head. And Specter. That just me.

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 06:34 PM
You would think since he was writing to the "Suprem Soviet of the USSR" he may have attempted to have slightly more legible handwritting.

I wonder, as you do, if he was actually on a mission when he, suposedly, killed J.F.K. I think that was a conspiracy, but that another debate on which I'm not very sound with the facts... so I won't pretend to know what's going on with it

Star and Flag for a very awsome post and bit of history!

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 07:10 PM
Forgotten history? I thought this was common knowledge?

Sorry to spoil your "Eureka" moment.

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 07:16 PM
reply to post by Carseller4

Not really. Maybe common knowledge to people who study this stuff often. I bet over 95% of the population has never heard of this. I'm a bit curious who else has heard of this now, because it's the first time I've seen this ever.

Not trying to be a d--- but it just isn't common knowledge in my circles, anyway.

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 07:27 PM
reply to post by Seitler

I'm a History Channel fanatic, and trivia buff. Sadly not everyone has the thirst for history like I do. So it may not be common knowledge after all.

I'd also like to point out that Oswald was on the streets of New Orleans weeks before the assassination, handing out "Free Cuba" literature.

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 07:34 PM
reply to post by Carseller4

No, you are correct. A mis-title perhaps. BUt still cool as he-- Yelsin giving this stuff to Clinton, which was then provide to the National Archives. I never heard about it. I guess that is the more interesting, lesser known part of the story.

Star for you. Now maybe consider a flag for me because no matter what, this thread is a cool history one.

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 07:37 PM
reply to post by Carseller4

That's great knowledge to know, so I'm betting he probably was working for/with the USSR. If not as an agent, then a scape goat so the soviets could get away with it.

I love History Channel, but I'm an ancient history buff... lol. Anything younger than 1000 yearss, and I'm very sketchy on it.
I'm actually starting school in less than a month to begin my studies in anthropology, so I will be "legit" but rest assurd, I'll be that guy getting scoffed at for my abnormal views and specualtion that surely won't go along with "accepted" anthropology. I can't wait!!!!!

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 10:27 PM
reply to post by Seitler

Anything less than a 1000 years and you're sketchy. lol

Good luck. Maybe you'll be talked about on ATS-about a find you make.

posted on May, 6 2010 @ 12:24 AM

That made me crack up. I sure hope something like that happens some time down the road. Which is why I am trying to get more involved on the site now, so people will know, if I actually do make some monumental discovery, that I'm legit and not full of --it.

Thank you though, I appreciate what you said. Not sure if it was sarcasm, but I liked it anyway!

posted on May, 6 2010 @ 12:32 AM
It has been several years since I have seen it, but I believe they touched on this very subject matter in the JFK movie.

posted on May, 6 2010 @ 01:03 AM
Forgotten? Hardly.

Overlooked, perhaps.

But, yes it is very common knowledge to anyone who was alive and could hear at the time and for twenty years afterwards. It was an item constantly reiterated with every telling of the assassination.

I take it you're pretty young?

posted on May, 6 2010 @ 01:19 AM
reply to post by apacheman

If you were alive during, then yes, I'm young to you for sure!

I'm 24, but like I said in an earlier post, I'm more into ancient history. I failed modern history the first time through because I'm just not that intruiged by it. But that was also when I was like 16 and still not a very worldly person.

posted on May, 6 2010 @ 07:55 AM
reply to post by Seitler

Not at all,

TOTALLY serious. You are about to do what I always wanted to do. I wish you the best.

If I could now, I would-but life just has a way of taking one in a different direction.

Good luck and do your best. You keep my name and if you ever get something-let me know.

Oh, and I I could have my choice. I think I would like to work at the Bosian Pyramid site(s). Much to be discovered and unearther there.

posted on May, 6 2010 @ 07:32 PM
reply to post by anon72

For sure, I just "friended" you, and beilieve me, it will be a while but if I should come across something worth mentioning, I'm going to be putting it up here on ATS asap. The would needs to know the truth, and where else is better than ATS to get the word out first?

I could put it on here, then as soon as I was able, I could get ahold of a creditable anthropology publisher to get the word out in mass, so the world would follow us

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