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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
The CIA, while not officially charged with investigating the assassination, was
immediately involved due to Lee Harvey Oswald's purported visit to Mexico City, the
photo surveillance and telephone tap surveillance surrounding that visit, and the
subsequent charges of Communist conspiracy emanating from witnesses and officials in
The CIA's 201 ("personality") file on Oswald, quickly expanded into a general assassination
investigation file, comprises the bulk of CIA holdings on the assassination. Documents
released in the 1990s show the Agency deeply involved in the stories of Communist conspiracy
which swirled out of Mexico City in the assassination aftermath, sometimes dampening them, other
times enflaming them. Peter Dale Scott has called these "managed stories," and the CIA
was the manager.