In the highly emotional period following the tragic 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, indications that the Soviet KGB and/or the Cuban DGI intelligence services had clandestine operational relationships with the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald were suppressed by Soviet and Cuban as well as American authorities. Had the authorities t done so, the situation could have spun out of control and a nuclear holocaust might well have resulted. As more and more information has been revealed, especially since the end of the Cold War, the existence of separate KGB and DGI operational relationships with Oswald is obvious to experienced intelligence officers. So, imagine the panic of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev 13 months after the Cuban Missile Crisis when he learned that a low level KGB spy named Oswald had just assassinated the President of the United States. No, the KGB did t direct the assassination but yes, the assassin Oswald had worked for the KGB. Imagine the reaction of Cuba's Fidel Castro, who knew that Kennedy personally supported persistent CIA efforts to kill him and had expressly warned the Americans that he was prepared to retaliate in kind. Yes, Oswald had offered to attempt killing Kennedy on Fidel's behalf but did Cuban intelligence officers ever imagine that Oswald might actually succeed? And imagine that you were America's new President Lyndon Johnson. What would you do? If only the Cubans were involved then you might simply bomb the island back to the stone ages. But what if the nuclear armed Soviets were implicated as well? E.B. Held brings the Kennedy Assassination to life, including photos and walking tours of key sites in Washington, New Orleans, and Dallas. A retired CIA operations officer and former Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the Department of Energy, Held provides a straightforward explanation based on undisputed historical facts of the relationship between Oswald and the Soviet, Cuban, and American intelligence services.
E B Held is a storyteller. As a retired CIA operations officer, he has been invited to speak at many venues, from Stanford and the University of New Mexico Law School to high schools and grade schools, from meetings of retiree groups to youth groups, and to countless business groups including conferences sponsored by Fortune 100 corporations and breakfasts sponsored by small business civic associations. His popular presentations at the unclassified level include: -The Real James Bond: Sidney Reilly and the Origins of Modern Espionage -The Perfect Tragedy: A Spy's Guide to the Kennedy Assassination -The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Secret Intelligence Perspective -Center Stage: New Mexico's Surprising Place in Modern Espionage -Some Guilty, Some Not: Julius Rosenberg, Ted Hall, and J. Robert Oppenheimer Held served as Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence for the Department of Energy and the DOE-owned national laboratories from February 2010 through December 2012. Held's second book is A Spy's Guide to the Kennedy Assassination (2013). The 1963 assassination of President Kennedy was a genuine tragedy in the Greek definition of that word, a serious play having a disastrous ending brought about by the central characters impelled by fate. Held's book brings that tragedy to life including photos of where central characters lived and important events occurred as well as guided walking tours of Georgetown, New Orleans and, of course, Dallas. His first book, A Spy's Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, recounts the surprising place that New Mexico has in modern espionage. Few Americans think of New Mexico as a hotbed of spy-vs-spy intrigue but in fact, the single greatest intelligence meeting in KGB history, its single greatest counterintelligence coup, and the planning of its most infamous assassination all took place within one mile of Bishop Lamy's statue in front of Saint Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe. Held's book tells these and other stories and includes guided walking tours of important spy sites in Santa Fe and Albuquerque