Thousands of documents related to JFK’s assassination have been released

Thousands of documents related to JFK’s assassination have been released

Trump recently said he’d release long-classified JFK assassination documents to the public. Now that time is here.

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Approximately 2,800 records, including field reports, cables, and interview summaries, have been released to the public by National Archives. Conversations from the FBI, CIA, and congressional investigators discussing dead ends, exhausted leads, interviews, as well as the checking and rechecking of sources, are just a snippet of information now available to the public.

Documents as recent as the nineties were revealed with information relevant to confidential informants and help from various foreign governments. Many of the papers concern Lee Harvey Oswald’s possible connection to Communists and/or the Cubans, as well as suspected Communists within the States.

The fascination behind the assassination

Trump, an alleged conspiracy-theorist himself, saw the release of these confidential files as his duty to provide the public with the information and transparency they deserved regarding the former president’s assassination.

But Trump couldn’t release everything. Redactions were made to protect national security, and any material that outweighed the public interest, per the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, was not released. The Act is designed to clear political closets of its skeletons of classified documents and material shrouded in controversy and hearsay.

Agencies who did not greenlight the release of certain documents have a 180-day review to provide reasons why.

What’s missing

While new information includes threats the FBI received against Oswald after his arrest, plenty of key documents remain absent. A 338-page file on J. Walton Moore – a CIA officer in Dallas at the time of the killing; an 18-page dossier on Gordon McClendon, a Dallas businessman who conferred with Ruby before shooting Oswald; and notorious anti-Castro Cuban exile files were withheld.

Historians unanimous

Theories have existed for decades: did Vice-President Johnson arrange the hit; was it corroborated with the Mafia; were the Cubans behind it?

For historians, releasing these documents was never about producing a smoking gun. They merely paint a fuller picture of the death of the 35th President of the United States, the investigation that ensued, and the lengthy time period the CIA and FBI hid evidence, whether regarding the country’s ties to assassinate Castro or the CIA’s supposed connection to the Mob in doing so.

Camelot revisited

The 54-year old investigation refuses to die down. Despite what’s released, we can be sure the mystery surrounding JFK’s assassination will live on.

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