WASHINGTON ― The National Archives released nearly all the remaining long-classified documents concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which has perennially spawned a litany of conspiracy theories.
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“The American public expects ― and deserves ― its Government to provide as much access as possible to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records ... so that the people may finally be fully informed about all aspects of this pivotal event,” Trump said in his presidential memorandum mandating the documents’ release. “Therefore, I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted.”
But it appears Trump in the end gave in to pressure from the national security agencies to keep a number of documents under wraps.
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The “vast majority” of the redactions in the blocked documents were made by the FBI and CIA, which cited national security reasons in their requests, according to a White House spokeswoman.
The documents were expected to focus on Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, and his exploits in Mexico City two months before he shot the president in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, according to USA Today.
According to the archives, “much of what will be released will be tangential to the assassination events.”
The files were released under a law spurred by a popular 1992 movie directed by Oliver Stone, “JFK,” which suggested a U.S. government conspiracy was behind Kennedy’s killing. The JFK Assassination Records Collection Act mandated that the last of the documents on the assassination be released exactly 25 years after the law was enacted on Oct. 26, 1992. more