Will President Donald Trump allow the public to see a trove of thousands of long-secret government files about the event that, more than any other in modern American history, has fueled conspiracy theories – the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy?
The answer must come within months. And, according to a new timeline offered by the National Archives, it could come within weeks.
Under the deadline set by a 1992 law, Trump has six months left to decide whether he will block the release of an estimated 3,600 files related to the assassination that are still under seal at the Archives. From what is known of the JFK documents, most come from the CIA and FBI, and a number may help resolve lingering questions about whether those agencies missed evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death. As with every earlier release of JFK assassination documents in the 53 years since shots rang out in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, it is virtually certain that some of the files will be seized on to support popular conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s murder; other documents are likely to undermine them.
And because the article on this very interesting topic is from Politico and the author just had to include the bashing of “conspiracy theories:”
25th JFK Assassination Secrets Scheduled for 2017 Release
For those who believe that the clues to who killed JFK are hidden somewhere deep inside the government’s files, this may be the last chance to find the missing pieces. Under the terms of the 1992 JFK Records Act–a result of Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie JFK, which revived fascination with the idea of a cover-up–the government was given 25 years to make public all related files. The time is up on Oct. 26, 2017. About 3,000 never-before-seen documents, along with 34,000 previously redacted files, are scheduled for release.
According to the National Archives, the final batch includes information on the CIA’s station in Mexico City, where Oswald showed up weeks before JFK’s death; 400 pages on E. Howard Hunt, the Watergate burglary conspirator who said on his deathbed that he had prior knowledge of the assassination; and testimony from the CIA’s James Angleton, who oversaw intelligence on Oswald. The documents could also provide information on a CIA officer named George Joannides, who directed financial dealings with an anti-Castro group whose members had a public fight with Oswald on the streets of New Orleans in the summer of 1963.
List of withheld documents gives a glimpse of exactly what the public STILL doesn’t know about JFK’s assassination
Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover is also featured in the documents, in a series of communications he sent to high-ranking officials such as Johnson’s chief of staff after the assassination of the President.
One of these communications is titled Reaction of Soviet and Communist Party officials to JFK assassination.
Also listed are classified testimonies in front of the Church Committee, formed by the Senate to investigate abuses by the CIA, including those of former chief of the CIA’s counterintelligence branch James Jesus Angleton and former military officer, undercover operative and Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis.
The documents were collected by the Assassination Records Review Board, an independent agency created by the JFK Records Act, which has previously released thousands of documents about Kennedy’s assassination.
They should be released by October 2017 as per the JFK Records Act unless the next President decides they should remain classified.
h/t Daniel Higdon