By Max Holland
Documentation from unexpected sources sheds new light on an old mystery that seemed unresolvable: how did Senator Kenneth Keating allegedly learned about the emplacement of Soviet missiles in Cuba before the Kennedy administration did?
The new archival evidence not only reveals the intricacies behind this long-standing question, but also provides valuable insights into U.S. intelligence operations against Cuba in the early 1960s; the making of U.S. foreign policy during the Kennedy administration; and the rich opportunities for research about the Cold War in the four million pages of documents gathered under the John F. Kennedy Records Collection Act of 1992.
This article originally appeared in Journal of Cold War Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Fall 1999), and may be purchased from MIT Press by clicking here.