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Newly Public RFK Documents Shed Light on Cold War

BOSTON (AP) — Lined pages with a doodle of the Liberty Bell and a CIA document outlining a Mafia-connected plan to assassinate Fidel Castro for $150,000 are among thousands of Robert F. Kennedy documents now publicly viewable.

The documents are from 1961 to 1964, during Kennedy’s tenure as attorney general. The National Archives and Records Administration and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston released them Thursday.

Experts say they don’t rewrite history, but they do shed light on the thoughts and feelings of the era’s key decision-makers.

The material includes telegrams, reports, meeting transcripts and handwritten notes by Kennedy, some with doodles and quotes in the margins.

Kennedy advised John F. Kennedy during the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis, key moments during his brother’s presidency.

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Online:

http://www.jfklibrary.org/