Luisa Calderon Foreknowledge Allegation
English translation of a taped phone call of 1:30 PM on Nov 22, where Luisa Calderon expressed complete surprise at the news that Kennedy had been murdered. This document appears to put the "foreknowledge" issue to rest, and calls into great question why the CIA didn't show this to the HSCA.
Copy found in CIA files, record number 104-10404-10426, p.22..
On the afternoon of November 22, Cuban Embassy employee Luisa Calderon was heard on a tapped phone line saying words which were translated as "I knew almost before Kennedy." In the 1970s, this ambiguous phrase became fodder for the question: "Did she have foreknowledge of the assassination?"
The House Select Committee on Assassinations expended considerable effort on the Calderon matter, though the Committee was unable to interview Ms. Calderon. The phone call itself was accompanied by information from Cuban defector AMMUG-1, who had told the CIA in 1964 that Oswald had met with Calderon in 1963 during visits prior to the trip in September-October.
Since the tapped phone call in question was captured at 5:30 PM, an obvious question is whether there were any earlier calls in which Calderon discussed or learned of the Kennedy assassination. It is not clear that the HSCA ever asked this question. But in now-released CIA files there are indeed not one but two prior calls, at 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM. In the first, Luisa expressed surprise on first hearing the news of JFK's death, and "said it is a lie and asked who?"
Perhaps the Calderon matter was pursued so vigorously because of the DGI connection, though there are also indications that she was a double-agent working for U.S. intelligence. In any case, the buried transcript would seem to settle the matter of foreknowledge. Their discovery also reflects very poorly on the CIA, who was actively involved in the HSCA's investigation of this matter, but apparently never connected these seemingly simple dots.
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