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Pseudonym: Lee, Harvey Oswald

Definition:
The man calling himself Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City used this alias during his visit when he filled out his visa form in New Orleans to go to Mexico.
Category:
alias
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10527-10314: CABLE: ECHEVERRIA TOLD COS DURAN COMPLETELY COOPERATIVE

11/24/63 cable: "(Luis) Echevarria/LITEMPO-8 told COS/Chief of Station Win Scott Duran completely cooperative and gave written statement attesting to two visits by Oswald. Could not remember exact dates but said latter part September. Oswald showed her US passport showing long stay in USSR...Duran told Gobernacion she had recognized Oswald on television 22 Nov and told husband about visits."

104-10017-10025: CABLE CLARIFYING QUESTIONS ON OSWALD'S MEXICAN VISA EXTENSION AND HIS ARGUMENT WITH CUBAN CONSUL AZCUE

Re 9/26/63 entry by a man using the name Harvey Oswald Lee: "On the question of why Lee Oswald felt that he could not get his Mexican visa extended without using his real name, the following may be germane: Mexican immigration records checked by the US consulate in Nuevo Laredo and reported through the US embassy to both our office and yours, showed that Lee Oswald entered Mexico on 26 September 1963 using the name Harvey Oswald Lee. It may be that Oswald feared that any attempt to extend his visa would result in discovery that he was in the country under a false name; he might have had to show some identification to get the visa extended; and he probably had no documentation in the name of Harvey Oswald Lee." See 12/3/63 cable from C/WH/3 John Scelso/Jack Whitten to FBI.

157-10014-10012: TESTIMONY OF JAMES HOSTY, 5 DEC 1975

12/5/75 deposition testimony of Jim Hosty: "From the investigation we know that (Oswald) had a visa, a tourist visa to Mexico City under the name of Lee, Harvey Oswald, making it appear that his last name was Lee. In other words, the visa made it appear that his name was Harvey Oswald Lee." When asked if it was a purposeful misslip rather than a clerical error, Hosty said, "I don't know."

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