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HSCA Interviews Relating to Mexico City

The House Select Committee on Assassinations conducted an investigation of Lee Harvey Oswald's alleged trip to Mexico City in the fall of 1963. These recordings are taken from a larger set of recordings available at the National Archives II in College Park, Maryland.


William Coleman, 2 Aug 1978

Reel 1, Side 1 (46:44)
Reel 1, Side 2 (14:28)
Reel 2 (16:01)

No transcript available. Willam Coleman was a staff member of the Warren Commission. Along with David Slawson, he was involved in the investigation of foreign conspiracy allegations, and they and Harold Willens took a trip to Mexico City in early April 1964. In this HSCA interview, Coleman was asked many details about Mexico City and the surveillance there. When asked whether the Warren Commission ever got an explanation as to why the CIA did not have an actual tape recording of Oswald, Coleman fudged. "I haven't the faintest idea whether they did or didn't," he said, though he has since admitted that he and Slawson actually listened to these tapes during their April trip to Mexico City.

Pedro Gutierrez Valencia, 5 Jun 1978

Side 1 (44:36)
Side 2 (02:28)

No transcript available. Pedro Gutierrez Valencia wrote a letter to President Johnson on December 2, 1963. Gutierrez, a Mexican credit examiner, wrote LBJ that he had bumped into a Cuban man accompanying Lee Harvey Oswald around October 1, 1963, and that the Cuban had been counting out money for Oswald. Gutierrez' letter and subsequent FBI investigations (reported to the Warren Commission in CE 2121) was among the stories which helped form the "Cuban conspiracy" theory pushed by Ambassador Mann and CIA officials in Mexico. In this HSCA interview, Gutierrez retracted much of his story and claimed he had never said such things. This recording features one person reading both sides of the interview, presumably in order to translate a Spanish interview into English.

Juan Niles Ortero, 25 Aug 1978

Audio (17:43)

No transcript available. Juan Niles Ortero Rodriguez was in 1963 the Cuban Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was interviewed by a delegation from the HSCA on August 25, 1978, during their visit to Cuba. In this brief discussion, Ortero answered questions regarding his interaction with Consul Eusebio Azcue after November 22, 1963. Ortero had few details to tell the HSCA.

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