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Oswald Radio Debate


In the summer of 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald undertook a number of actions which made him appear to be a sympathizer of Fidel Castro. He handed out pamphlets, was involved in a street scuffle with anti-Castro Cuban exiles, and appeared twice on the radio.

On August 17, Bill Stuckey of WDSU recorded a 36-minute interview, and that evening a portion of that interview was aired on Stuckey's Latin Listening Post. Oswald presented himself as secretary of the New Orleans chapter of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. In reality, there was no such chapter.

Four days later, Stucky and Bill Slater of WDSU had Oswald on the air again, on a show entitled Conversation Carte Blanche. Carlos Bringuier, New Orleans delegate of the Cuban Student Directorate and the man Oswald had recently engaged in a street scuffle with, was present to debate Oswald. Also involved in the debate was Ed Butler of the Information Council of the Americas (INCA). On this program, Oswald was "exposed" as a defector to the Soviet Union and a Marxist.

Many observers believe that Oswald's pro-Castro activities were part of the building of a "legend," perhaps related to his attempt to enter Cuba in late September of 1963. Listen to these recordings and judge for yourself.

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