Trump says he'll allow Kennedy assassination files to be released

22 October, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Warren Commission Exhibits 2966a and Exhibit 2966b Lee Harvey Oswald distributing

President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he will unseal tens of thousands never-before-seen documents on the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. But one final batch remains, and only the USA president has the authority to extend the papers' secrecy past the deadline on October 26, according to local media reports. Also, Trump was not clear about whether he would publish all of the documents in full, or with some of them redacted.

Actually, the release of the CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation documents has been scheduled for a quarter of a century by law (the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act), but according to reports, some in the intelligence community had suggested keeping at least some of the documents under wraps for national security purposes, a power the President has.

Though Kennedy assassination experts say they don't think the last batch of papers contains any major bombshells, the president's decision to release the documents could heighten the clarity around the assassination, which has fueled so many conspiracy theorists, including Trump himself.

The National Archives has until next Thursday to disclose the remaining files related to Kennedy's 1963 assassination.




The FBI and the Warren Commission officially concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin, but various groups believed that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy.

Even Trump has accused America of plotting his predecessor's death, telling Fox News in 2016 that he believed the father of Republican Senator Ted Cruz had consorted with Oswald right before the shooting. One per cent of the records are completely secret. Some have expressed concerns that the documents could be embarrassing to Mexico and damaging to US-Mexico relations. "But the question remains whether he will open the library in full - every word in every document, as the law requires", Shenon said.

The files reportedly may include a Central Intelligence Agency personality study of Lee Harvey Oswald, testimonies from former Central Intelligence Agency officers, letters from then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, as well as files on other suspected players in the assassination. "We might understand much better why they were watching Oswald".

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