Lee Oswald in His Own Words -- Imaginary Press Conference

Lee Harvey Oswald in His Own Words:

Questionnaire: the Imaginary Press Conference

Warren Commission Exhibit 100 Volume 16 Pg 436-439

Note: In the interest of clarity and legibility, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization have been corrected in certain cases.

1.Q.     “Why did you go to the USSR?”

I went as a mark of disgust and protest against American political policies in foreign countries, my personal sign of discontent and horror at the misguided line of reasoning of the U.S. Government.

Q.2.A.      What about those letters?

I made several letters in which I expressed my above feelings to the American Embassy when in Oct 1959, I went there to legally liquidate my American citizenship and was refused this legal right.

Q.2.B.      “Did you made statements against the U.S. there?”  


Q.2.C.      “What about your type recording?”

I made a recording for Radio Moscow, which was broadcast the following Sunday, in which a spoke about the beautiful capital of the Socialist work and all its progress.

3.     “Did you break law by residing in or taking work in the USSR?”

I did in that. I took an oath of allegiance to the USSR.

4.     “Isn't all work in the USSR considered State work?”

Yes of course and in that respect I also broke US Law in accepting work under a foreign state.

5.     “What about statements you made to UPI agent Miss Mosby?”

I was approached by Miss Mosby and other reporters just after I had formally requested the American Embassy to legally liquidate my U. S. citizenship, for a story, they were notified by the U. S. Embassy, not by me. I answered questions and made statements to Miss Mosby in regard to my reasons for coming to the USSR, her story was warped by her later, but in barest essence it is possible to say she had the truth printed.

6.     “Why did you remain in the USSR for so long if you only wanted a look?”

I resided in the USSR from Oct 16, 1959 to Spring of 1961, a period of 2 ½ years. I did so because I was living quite comfortably. I had plenty of money, an apartment, rent-free, lots of girls, etc. Why should I leave all that?

7A     “Are you a communist?”

Yes basically, although I hate the USSR and socialist system, I still think Marxism can work under different circumstances.

7BQ.     “Have you ever know a communist?”

Not in the U.S.A.

8.     “What are the outstanding differences between the USSR and USA?”

None, except in the US the living standard is a little higher, freedoms are about the same, medical aid and the educational system in the USSR is better than in the USA.

Version 2 of the Questionnaire

1.Q.     “Why did you go to the USSR?”

I went as a citizen of the U.S. (as a tourist) residing in a foreign country, which I have a perfect right to do. I went there to see the land, the people and how their system works.

Q.A.     “What about those letters?”

I made no letters deriding the U.S.!! In correspondence with the U.S. Embassy I made no anti-American statements, any criticism. I might have made was of policies not our government.

2.Q     “Did you make statements against the U.S. there?”


2     “What about that type recording?”

I made a recording for the Moscow Tourist Radio travel log, in which I spoke about sight-seeing and what I had seen in Moscow tourist circles. I expressed delight in all the interesting places, I mentioned in this respect the University, museum of art, Red Square, the Kremlin. I remember I closed this 2 minute recording by saying I hoped our peoples would live in peace and fr.

3.     “Did you break laws by residing or taking work in the U.S.S.R.?”

Under U.S. law a person may lose the protection of the U.S., by voting or serving in the armed forces of a foreign state or taking an oath of allegiance to that state. I did none of these.

4.     “Isn't all work in the U.S.S.R. considered state work?”

No. Technically only plants working directly for the state, usually defense, all other plants are owned by the workers who work in them.

5.     “What about statements you make to U.P.I. agent Miss Mosby in 1959?”

I was approached just after I had formally notified the U.S. Embassy in Moscow of my future residence in the USSR by the newspaper agencies in Moscow including U.P.I., API, and Time Inc., who were notified by the Embassy. I did not call them. I answered questions and gave statements to Miss Mosby of U.P.I. I requested her to let me OK her story before she released it, which is the polite and usual thing. She sent her version of what I said just after she sent it. I immediately called her to complain about this, at which time she apologized but said her editor and not her had added several things. She said London was very excited about the story (there is how I deduced she had already sent it) so there wasn't much else I could do about it. And I didn't realize that the story was even more blown out of shape once it got to the U.S.A. I'm afraid the printed story was fabricated sensationalism.

6.     “Why did you remain in the USSR for so long if you only wanted a look?”

I resided in the USSR until February 1961 when I wrote the Embassy stating I would like to go back. (My passport was at the Embassy for safekeeping) they invited me to Moscow for this purpose however it took me almost ½ year to get a permit to leave the city of Minsk for Moscow. In this connection I had to use a letter from the head consular, to the Russian authorities in Minsk (the Russians are very bureaucratic and slow about letting foreigners travel about the country hence the visa) when I did get to Moscow the Embassy immediately gave me back my passport and advised me as to how to get a exit visa from the Russians for myself and my Russian wife, this long and arduous process took months from July 1962 until ______, _____ 1962, therefore you see almost 1 year was spent in trying to leave the country. That’s why I was there so long; not out of desire!

7. “Are you a communist? Have you ever know a communist?”

No of course not, I have never even known a communist, outside of the ones in the USSR, but you can't help that.

8. “What are the outstanding differences between the USA and USSR?”

Freedom of speech, travel, outspoken opposition to unpopular policies, freedom to believe in God.

Newspapers, Thank you sir, you are a real patriot!!

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