(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Before he died, Herminio Diaz disclosed to a fellow anti-Castro Cuban exile that he was a gunman in Dealey Plaza in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
The disclosure comes in Anthony Summers’ book on the assassination, Not In Your Lifetime, a re-written, re-reseached, re-issued version of Summers’ original 1980 book, Conspiracy, long considered one of the most revealing, authoritative books on JFK’s murder.
In an interview with KXNT, Summers says former House Assassinations Committee chief counsel G. Robert Blakey passed information about Diaz to Summers. The two later intensively interviewed the fellow Cuban exile who had told them of Diaz’ disclosure. And both came away with the impression that the information was credible. Diaz was a known marksman and assassin, who had been involved in at least 20 political murders. He, like many anti-Castro exiles, had harbored a hatred of Kennedy, who they felt had betrayed them at the Bay of Pigs invasion and was scaling down U.S. efforts to de-stabilize, overthrow, and even kill Fidel. Moreover, some anti-Castro Cubans may have learned the Kennedy administration was quietly seeking a peaceful accomodation with the island’s communist government.