Thousands of Undisclosed Documents on JFK Assassination to Be Released

Thousands of Undisclosed Documents on JFK Assassination to Be Released

Thousands of Undisclosed Documents on JFK Assassination to Be Released

Republican members of Congress, including Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, have urged Trump to allow the full release of the documents.

President John F. Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Texas Governor John Connally ride through the streets of Dallas, Texas prior to the assassination on November 22, 1963.

"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 in a tweet.

Officials say 88 percent of the records have been fully public for decades, another 11 percent are in the public domain, but were redacted to black out names and other sensitive information that will now be revealed. No one knows exactly what information is contained in the files; the only guide is an index that vaguely lists the contents of the secret documents.

Despite serious questions about the official inquest, and theories purporting that organized crime, Cuba or a cabal of US security agents was involved, conspiracy theorists have yet to produce conclusive proof Oswald acted in consort with anyone. "Unfortunately most of the government including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency have been unwilling to provide the critical pieces of information". It's possible that some documents could still be withheld. It is hard to imagine that it will tell us anything we don't already know.

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Tunheim, who is now chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Minnesota, says it is important that the American public know that absolutely everything about the assassination is out in the open, "even if it might incidentally reveal some long ago intelligence gathering methods".

The judge who headed a board that reviewed for release the huge number of assassination records said making them public lets Americans see that the government is being fully transparent about the assassination. But he also hedged, suggesting that if between now and October 26, other government agencies made a strong case not to release the documents, he wouldn't.

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

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed to VOA that Trump would be speaking at the fundraiser, but declined to say whether he would address the records issue.

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