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RFK files show missile crisis disrupted anti-Castro plots

By the fall of 1962, President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, had spent the better part of a year orchestrating a massive and multifaceted campaign aimed at toppling Cuban dictator Fidel Castro from power.The initiative, code named "Operation Mongoose," drew on the brainpower and energies of the U.S. government's most senior officials and ranged from balloon drops of anti-Castro pamphlets and cartoons to covert sabotage of Cuban industry and infrastructure. In time, it would even include active plotting to assassinate the Cuban dictator, with the Central Intelligence Agency clandestinely enlisting the aid of the era's reigning Mafia chieftains.Suddenly that autumn, however -- and only temporarily -- the Kennedy brothers were forced to back off.The intervening event, newly declassified files show, was the Cuban Missile Crisis.The new restraint was formalized at a tense gathering of the Special Group, an elite cadre of policymakers drawn from the ran...

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