From: express.co.uk

John Lennon ‘was murdered by CIA-trained killer to stop ex-Beatle radicalising youth’

A new explosive book titled ‘Drugs as Weapons Against Us’ suggests the ex-Beatle was killed by US intelligence agencies to prevent him influencing people to halt Lennon’s support of “radical leftist” ideologies.

Author John Potash also claims the CIA tracked various high-profile pop stars, including rapper Tupac Shakur and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, before their untimely deaths, amid fears over similar influences. …

The book recounts an investigation by former Sunday Express legal correspondent Fenton Bresler, who obtained classified documents from the FBI and CIA. …

According to the book, Lennon’s activities included him holding anti-war events and even a benefit concert to free imprisoned activist John Sinclair.

Potash says the US intelligence agencies were becoming more concerned with Lennon after he moved away from drug use and towards activism – and he was just one month away from becoming an American citizen at the time of his death.

..Chapman may have been trained to kill in Beirut, where the CIA had a heavy presence in the 1970s.

An earlier book by Phil Strongman, John Lennon: Life, Times and Assassination, explored the idea Chapman was “programmed” to carry out the killing.

Mr Postash said Chapman “waited for Lennon to arrive home on the fatal night, kneeled down in a combat stance and shot the star four times in the back from 20ft away”.

He wrote: “He could have escaped but instead took of his coat, folded it up and took out Catcher in the Rye out of his pocket.”

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