Documents Offer Insight Into Soviet View Of JFK Assassination

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American Lee Harvey Oswald and his Russian wife, Marina, pose on a bridge walk in Minsk during their stay in the Soviet Union. This is a 1964 handout photo from the Warren Commission.


Was the Soviet Union involved in the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy?

Given Cold War tensions and the fact that shooter Lee Harvey Oswald had defected to the Soviet Union and lived there in the years leading up to the assassination, it’s a question that has long intrigued even the mildly conspiracy-minded.

Some 2,800 documents released by order of President Trump on Thursday provide some possible insights into how the assassination was viewed inside the Soviet Union.

That reaction appears to have been one of genuine surprise, as well as concern inside the Communist Party that the killing of Kennedy might be part of a larger right-wing coup to take over the U.S. government.

In a memo labeled “Top Secret” and dated Dec. 1, 1966 from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to Marvin Watson, a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, cites “[a] source who has furnished reliable information in the past and who was in Russia on the date of the assassination …”

The news, it says “was greeted by great shock and consternation and church bells were tolled in the memory of President Kennedy.”

The memo continues: “According to our source, officials of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union believed there was some well-organized conspiracy on the part of the “ultraright” in the United States to effect a ‘coup.’ They seemed convinced that the assassination was not the deed of one man but that it arose out of a carefully planned campaign in which several people played a part.”

The Soviets were fearful that the assassination would be used to play on “anticommunist sentiments” in the U.S. to “stop negotiations with the Soviet Union, attack Cuba and thereafter spread war.”

Oswald, a former U.S. Marine, went to the Soviet Union in 1959 and married there. Apparently disenchanted with Soviet life, he returned to U.S. soil less than two years later after apparently trying to commit suicide.

The FBI memo, citing the unnamed source, says “Soviet officials claimed that Lee Harvey Oswald had no connection whatsoever with the Soviet Union. They described him as a neurotic maniac who was disloyal to his own country and everything else.”

The same single source reported that the KGB, the Soviet intelligence agency, “issued instructions to all of its agents to immediately obtain all data available concerning” President Johnson. The memo said that in the months after Kennedy’s death, the KGB had come into “possession of data purporting to indicate that President Johnson was responsible for the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy.”

In a different memo, this one from the CIA Director of Security to CIA Headquarters, originally classified “Secret” and dated March 11, 1964, refers to a George M. Lesnik, a former KGB agent who was in Moscow on the day of the Kennedy assassination.

After hearing the news, he “dashed to his office” to look at Oswald’s file. “When he found the file he reviewed it and found that Oswald had not been used or even approached for use by the Russian intelligence.” Lesnik claimed that he then called others in the KGB who said they were unaware that Oswald had been cultivated in any way before returning to the United States.


More data on Scorpene submarines leaked after India says documents do not pose security risk

Soon after Indian Navy officials on Thursday said the data leaked on India’s Scorpene submarines do not pose a security risk, more information from the 22,000-pages leaked was published by The Australian. The new details provide information on the submarine’s sonar system and weapons operations, reported The Times of India.

On Thursday, the Indian Navy had said the documents that reportedly revealed classified information on the combat capabilities of the country’s Scorpene submarines did not compromise security because all crucial parameters regarding the vessels had been censored. More than 22,000 pages of top secret data on the submarines, designed by French defence contractor DCNS, had been leaked, The Australian had reported.

The navy is also conducting an internal audit to eliminate the possibility of any security compromise. The Director General for Armament of France took up the matter after they were requested to give the investigation priority and share their findings with India, according to a spokesperson for the navy, ANI reported. DCNS is also conducting an internal inquiry and reportedly focusing its investigation on ex-employees and sub-contractors from the project.

A high-level committee set up by the Defence Ministry is assessing the potential impact there might be if the information contained in the documents is compromised. Defence Minister Manohar Parikar had ordered an investigation into the matter soon after he learned of the documents. Within a day, an inquiry concluded that the information was not shared from India, according to NDTV.

DCNS had said the data leak may have been part of an economic warfare strategy against the defence contractor. India had ordered six Scorpene submarines worth $3 billion (Rs 20,000 crore approximately). The first batch had begun undergoing trials in May, and the first of the submarines – INS Kalvari – was expected to be inducted in the navy in November.

The foreign governments concerned are also looking into the alleged data leak through diplomatic channels to ascertain the authenticity of the reports shared by the Australian news agency. The security of a number of countries, like Malaysia and Chile, who use a variant of the Scorpene, as well as Brazil, was believed to be at risk as a result of the data leak.


Dropbox ‘undertaking endless’ indicates Cloud documents as local on windows, OS X

Dropbox 'Project Infinite' Shows Cloud Files as Local on Windows, OS X

Dropbox on Tuesday at the Dropbox Open event in London showcased a brand new function dubbedassignment endless that as per the firm will “reimagine how human beings locate, get entry to, and collaborate with huge quantities of statistics.”

With assignment endless, Dropbox is aiming to clear up a not unusual trouble anybody faces in recent timesgetting access to huge amount of information from the cloud with out saving it domestically andconsequently compromising at the storage area. It plans to try this by way of displaying documentssaved within the cloud the identical methods as files stored regionally on windows and OS X. Thecharacteristic must be immediately beneficial to users of gadgets with limited garage space, along withultraportable laptops.

basically a diffusion of how documents are shown to customers in the Dropbox apps for desktop,users will see their cloud fileswhether or not they are synced or no longer – as regular files in thewindows document Explorer or OS X Finder interface.

As before, documents and folders synced with the cloud and the nearby storage in your computer willdisplay a green tick mark and could open like they typically do. documents that are not synceddomestically will show a cloud icon, and customers can open the ones documents in an almost regularstyle to nearby documentshowever of route, Dropbox will first must down load the document earlier than it can be opened, slowing the method for large files. Any edits may be synced with the cloud.

every report you have been given get right of entry to to-even ones that aren’t stored regionally-willappear in windows file Explorer and Mac OS X Finder,” says the organization blog submit. “you may view key data like record size, and introduction and modification dates via your computer record system, no downloading required.”

task countless additionally gives you the capacity to organise files and folder sincerely by using drag-and-drop capability from the computer. agencies can also use the provider for IT groups. missionendless can help pass-platform access and backwards-compatibility on any pc jogging home windows 7 or better, or Mac OS X 10.9 and up.

It isn’t but clear as to while the employer plans to deliver this feature for widespread users, with theweblog put up pronouncing the feature changed into being tested with choose corporations.

Dropbox remaining month announced that it has touched the 500 million registered users milestone. Thecarrier hit 100 million users in November 2012, 200 million in November 2013, and three hundred millioncustomers to the provider seeing that.

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WhatsApp Finally Lets You Send Documents Over Chat

WhatsApp Finally Lets You Send Documents Over Chat

Years after its launch, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp Messenger has finally received the ability to send documents over chats. The feature is visible in the most recent builds available via Google Play and the App Store – Android v2.12.453 and iOS v2.12.4. WhatsApp has also introduced a bunch of other features with the updates.

On Android, the WhatsApp v2.12.453 that’s available from Google Play for some users shows a ‘Document’ option in the Attachments section (seen above). Not all users with the same app version are able to view the option at the moment. However, most users on the latest app version available from the company site – v2.12.489 – are able to see the option, indicating a server-side update. For now, users can only send pdf files but the file support is likely to expand in the future.

To note, as before, there are six attachment options, with Photo and Video now being combined into Camera due to the addition of Document. Users will be able to see shared Documents alongside Media and the newly-added Links tab. It is worth mentioning that a user cannot send a document until the receiver has also updated the app to the same or newer Android app version. However, we tried sending a document from iOS v2.12.14 to Android v2.12.489 over WhatsApp and it worked fine.

ios_to_android_whatsapp_document_sharing_ndtv.jpgThe WhatsApp v2.12.453 for Android, as mentioned in the Google Play listing, additionally brings over 100 new emojis, Google Drive Backup for chats and media, support for 5 new languages, and is now is compatible with Android 6.0 Marshmallow permissions.

In the meanwhile, WhatsApp for iOS v2.12.4 lets users share photos or videos from other apps such asGoogle Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive. Users would just need to open “Photo/Video Library” and tap “Choose from another app…” to share files. In addition, users can pick from a set of solid colors for chat background. Besides an improved design for browsing photos and videos, iOS users can even zoom in on videos while they are playing.

Another key feature added in the WhatsApp iOS app update is that users can now see the “blue ticks” (indicating that the message has been read by the other party) directly from the main WhatsApp chat list. Previously, one needed to tap on the chat to open the thread and see if the receiver has read the messages or not. The updated app is available to download from App Store.

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