Warren Commission Exhibit No. 826 [linked HERE] is a 17-page FBI report on Lee Harvey Oswald that was filed by New Orleans FBI agent Milton R. Kaack on October 31, 1963, three weeks prior to JFK's assassination.

I found CE826 to be a fascinating report. It contains quite a bit of detailed information on Lee Harvey Oswald--three weeks before he murdered President Kennedy.

Commission Exhibit 826 is also interesting for another reason -- Oswald's penchant for telling lies. Oswald dishes up multiple lies via CE826, within the multi-page August 10, 1963, report of New Orleans FBI agent John L. Quigley, which begins on Page 6 of Milton Kaack's 17-page main report.

Quigley interviewed Oswald at the New Orleans Police Department on 8/10/63, which was one day after Oswald had been arrested for "disturbing the peace by creating a scene" on Canal Street while passing out pamphlets for the Fair Play For Cuba Committee.

After his arrest, Oswald himself asked to talk to an FBI agent, and Quigley was the man who was sent to talk with him. The specific reason for Oswald requesting to speak with an FBI agent is something we can only speculate about now. But Oswald certainly seemed anxious to talk about the Fair Play For Cuba Committee and his own one-man "New Orleans chapter" of that Committee.

Among the falsehoods that Oswald told Special Agent John Quigley of the FBI on 8/10/63 was this one (with LHO obviously not wanting to reveal the fact that he had met and married his wife in Russia):

"About four months ago he and his wife, MARINA OSWALD nee Prossa [sic], whom he met and married in Fort Worth, moved to New Orleans."

And then there are the multiple lies that Oswald told Agent Quigley concerning the fictitious "A.J. Hidell". Knowing, of course, that A.J. Hidell only existed in Lee Oswald's imagination, the following portions of Agent Quigley's August 1963 FBI report are really quite humorous to read now. I can envision Oswald talking to himself on the telephone, or sending himself a letter to ask himself if he would go down to Canal Street to pass out some FPCC literature:

"Since receiving his membership card in the New Orleans chapter of the [Fair Play For Cuba] committee he said that he had spoken with [A.J.] HIDELL on the telephone on several occasions. On these occasions, HIDELL would discuss general matters of mutual interest in connection with committee business, and on other occasions he would inform him of a scheduled meeting. He said he has never personally met HIDELL, and he knows HIDELL did have a telephone, but it has now been discontinued. He claimed that he could not recall what the number was.

"OSWALD said that the committee did not have any offices in New
Orleans, and whenever meetings were held they were held in residences of various members. He maintained that he had attended only two meetings of this committee, and at each of the meetings there were about five different individuals.

"At each of these meetings the persons present were different. He did not know the last names of any of these individuals and claimed he was only introduced to them by first names. He maintained that he could not recall any of the first names.

"From what he understands there are no regularly scheduled times for meetings, and the only way he knows about them is when somebody gives him a call and tells him there will be a meeting. At these meetings he said the general conversation deals with Cuba and the latest news on the internal affairs of Cuba.

"OSWALD admitted that on one occasion he held a committee meeting at his home, but he declined to elaborate on how he got word to the various members that it would be held.

"Last Wednesday, August 7, 1963, OSWALD said he received a note through the mail from HIDELL. The note asked him if he had time would he mind distributing some Fair Play literature in the downtown area of New Orleans.

"He said HIDELL knew that he was not working and probably had time. HIDELL also knew that he had considerable literature on the committee which had been furnished to him by the national committee in New York.

"Since he did not have anything to do, OSWALD said he decided he would go down to Canal Street and distribute some literature. He denied that he was being paid for his services, but that he was doing it as a patriotic duty."

[End quotes from FBI report.]


I also find it interesting to take note of the things Oswald told Quigley on 8/10/63, versus the remarks he made during his WDSU-Radio interview with Bill Stuckey just seven days later.

On August 10th, Oswald didn't mention anything to Quigley about being the "Secretary" of the New Orleans FPCC chapter. But on August 17th, he told Stuckey that he was, indeed, the secretary of the New Orleans branch of the Committee.

Lee had obviously used those seven days to make up a better and more elaborate lie concerning his one-man chapter of the Fair Play For Cuba Committee prior to making his first of two appearances on WDSU-Radio in New Orleans.

It's also rather interesting to take note of the fact that FBI agent Quigley says in his August 1963 report that Oswald himself "exhibited" to Quigley a Fair Play For Cuba Committee membership card that was signed by "A.J. Hidell". And this is in addition to Oswald telling Quigley that he (LHO) had actually talked with Hidell on the phone several times.

The only reason I mention the above facts is because I believe that I'm correct in saying that a few conspiracy theorists have speculated that just perhaps Lee Harvey Oswald didn't really use the alias "A.J. Hidell" at all in 1963.

But if Oswald HIMSELF was bringing up the name Hidell while talking to an FBI agent in August of '63, and if Oswald HIMSELF had shown Agent Quigley a card with the name Hidell on it, then such a theory about Oswald having no idea who A.J. Hidell was would go up in smoke for all time.

Or maybe some conspiracy theorists want to believe that John Quigley's report that we find in CE826 is nothing but a great-big lie regarding the name "Hidell".

But even if Quigley's report were a lie, there's still the undeniable fact that all of the various documents that bear the name "Hidell" on them were determined by handwriting analysts to be in Lee Harvey Oswald's own handwriting.

David Von Pein
June 2010
August 2010