A former Secret Service agent says a plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy in Chicago was foiled three weeks before he was fatally shot in Dallas, according to WLS-TV.
According to former Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden, President Kennedy was due to arrive in Chicago on November 2, 1963 to attend an Army-Air Force football game at Soldier Field and to ride in a parade, but Secret Service agents in Chicago recommended that the White House cancel the trip after two alleged threats against the president.
According to news reports at the time, Kennedy didn't come to Chicago that day because he was ill or because of a diplomatic crisis, WLS-TV reports.
Bolden tells WLS-TV that when the Warren Commission began investigating JFK's assassination, he attempted to inform members about the Chicago plots and alleged misconduct by his fellow agents, but was arrested and prosecuted for soliciting a bribe from a counterfeiter and served a six-year sentence.
Bolden claims it was a set-up to silence him. The main witness has recanted his accusations, and Bolden hopes now to clear his name, the station reports.
Thursday is the 44th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.