JFK Documents Released to Public–But Only Partially

JFK Documents Released to Public–But Only Partially
Brian Oaster

Yesterday, President Trump ordered the release of over 2,000 documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The CIA and FBI, however, requested that the president allow them to keep thousands of additional documents for six more months of review. The president has agreed, allowing them until April 26th to continue reviewing and redacting information that could endanger agents or national security.

The released documents are expected to add a wealth of information to public knowledge about the Texas shooting. They do not, as yet, seem to offer any earth-shattering revelations to either support or dismiss the many conspiracy theories surrounding JFK’s death.

New Information in the JFK Assassination

One memo says that Lee Harvey Oswald, who was the only official suspect in JFK’s death before he was also shot and killed, contacted the Cuban embassy from Mexico City. The FBI intercepted the call. Oswald also sent a letter to the Russian embassy, which the FBI intercepted, read, and resealed.

This information could fan the flames of conspiracy theories speculating on Cuban or Soviet involvement in JFK’s assassination. But the author of the document, probably J. Edgar Hoover, is clear that these facts should remain out of public knowledge because they would only “muddy the waters.”

The call to the Cuban embassy, it says, was simply about a visa. The letter to the Russian embassy was asking for an extension to Oswald’s wife’s visa. Strangely, it adds that the “letter from Oswald was addressed to the man in the Soviet Embassy who is in charge of assassinations and similar activities on the part of the Soviet government.”

Oswald had made headlines before when, as a former Marine, he defected to the Soviet Union in 1959. The defection was temporary, and, quickly disillusioned with Soviet life, he returned to the United States. He met and married his wife, Marina Prusakova, during the few years he was living as a Soviet.

Why the Records Were Released

On October 26, 1992, the George H.W. Bush administration passed the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act. This mandated the release of all assassination related documents within 25 years from that day (which was Thursday), unless, for reasons of national security, the president allowed further withholding.

Trump’s authorization of six more months of withholding for certain documents seemed a bit reluctant. The president himself has had a number of dalliances with conspiracy theories.

You can see more details on the contents of the JFK documents and what they reveal at The Washington Post and The Guardian.

Comment Below

More in US-News

Cyber Monday Holiday Shopping Deals

Guide to Cyber Monday Deals for Holiday Shopping Success

Day NewsNovember 27, 2017

26 Dead in America’s Latest Mass Shooting

Brian OasterNovember 7, 2017
Investigators inspect a truck following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. 
Several people were killed and numerous others injured in New York on Tuesday after a vehicle plowed into a pedestrian and bike path in Lower Manhattan, police said. "The vehicle struck multiple people on the path," police tweeted. "The vehicle continued south striking another vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle displaying imitation firearms & was shot by NYPD." / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City Mayor Calls Truck Attack Act of Terror

Bernadine RacomaNovember 6, 2017

Middle-Class Americans to Face Tax Woes in the Near Future

Bernadine RacomaNovember 6, 2017

Possible CVS-Aetna Partnership. What this Means to You

Bernadine RacomaOctober 29, 2017

Hurricane Relief Concert with Five Ex-U.S. Presidents

Bernadine RacomaOctober 22, 2017
Travel Ban

Trump’s Travel Ban Blocked by US Federal Judge for the Third Time

Camilo AtkinsonOctober 18, 2017

Department of State Expels 15 Cuban Diplomats from Washington DC

Camilo AtkinsonOctober 4, 2017
Las Vegas Shooting

59 Dead in America’s Latest Mass Shooting

Brian OasterOctober 4, 2017