President Trump to allow JFK assassination files to be released

Violet Powell
October 22, 2017

President Trump said Saturday that he will allow more than 3,000 classified files on the JFK assassination to be released next week by the National Archives as ordered by Congress.

"Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened", Trump said, appearing to leave open the possibility that some documents could still be withheld.

Ken Hughes, a presidential researcher at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, told CNN the files could shed light on the U.S. involvement in the attempts to assassinate Castro as well as the US-approved coup of South Vietnamese leader Ngô Đình Diệm in 1963.

Trump can withhold the release of certain documents if he believes their release could pose harm to United States intelligence, law enforcement, the military or USA foreign relations.

The files should put to rest any remaining conspiracy theories around the shocking assassination that have long fuelled rumours of darker forces at play. "Please do not allow exceptions for any agency of government", tweeted Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and author of a book about Kennedy, who has urged the president to release the files.

The anticipated release has had scholars and armchair detectives buzzing. Most of the files are Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency records.

During the visit, Oswald tried to obtain visas from the Cuban consulate and Soviet embassy, according to documents released in 1999.

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However, the assassination has since been the object of feverish speculation to this day.

He said the release would be subject "to the receipt of further information".

The former chairman of the Assassination Records Review Board told Dallas News, "I don't think there are big revelations".

They are interested, however, to see if any new details emerge over Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy's assassin, activities in Mexico in the fall of 1963.

"There could be some jewels in there because in our level of knowledge in the 1990s is maybe different from today", Tunheim said.

In the days leading up to Trump's announcement, a National Security Council official told The Washington Post that government agencies were urging the president not to release some of the documents.

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