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World Biden delays release of JFK assassination files

12:05  23 october  2021
12:05  23 october  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Kennedy had been participating in a presidential motorcade in Dallas when he was shotCredit: Getty - Contributor. The classified assassination docs were due for release before 2017 under the President John F . Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. USA Today reports that most of the documents are from the 1960s and 1970s and the investigation into the assassination . Although some of the assassination files remain classified, there's hope that the Biden administration will finally answer the country's long-unanswered questions about JFK 's final moments.

(The Intercept) John F . Kennedy was assassinated 58 years ago, but the U.S. government has balked at the full release of some secret CIA documents. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN will soon decide an obscure but potent question: Which secret files related to the assassination of President John F When President Donald Trump faced the same decision four years ago, he delayed in the name of national security. While releasing thousands of files about the 1963 Kennedy assassination , Trump acquiesced to the demand of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to keep portions of thousands more secret

The White House said Friday it would delay the release of long-classified documents related to the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.

John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas in 1962 © - John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas in 1962

President Joe Biden wrote in a statement that the remaining files "shall be withheld from full public disclosure" until December 15 next year -- nearly 60 years after Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, Texas in 1963.

In 2018, former president Donald Trump released several thousand secret files on the assassination, but withheld others on national security grounds.

The White House said the national archivist needs more time for a review into that redaction, which was slowed by the pandemic.

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John F . Kennedy was assassinated 58 years ago, but the U.S. government has balked at the full release of some secret CIA documents. Will Biden follow the law? The JFK Records Act, passed unanimously by Congress in 1992, called for “expeditious public transmission” of all JFK files into the public record. Twenty-nine years later, the intent of Congress has been effectively nullified by the demands of federal agencies, particularly the CIA, which is responsible for 70 percent of the withheld records.

President Biden must decide which secret files related to the assassination of President John F . Kennedy should be made fully public. During his time in office Donald Trump released thousands of files about the 1963 Kennedy assassination , but ultimately listened to a demand from then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo to keep portions of thousands more secret until October 2021, 58 years after Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested as the gunman. For all his “deep state” rhetoric, Trump issued a memo giving the executive branch agencies four more years of secrecy, the Intercept writes.

Biden also said the delay was "necessary to protect against identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations" and that this "outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure."

The assassination of the 46-year-old president was a "profound national tragedy" that "continues to resonate in American history and in the memories of so many Americans who were alive on that terrible day," the statement said.

A 10-month investigation led by then-Supreme Court chief justice Earl Warren concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald, a former Marine who had lived in the Soviet Union, acted alone when he fired on Kennedy's motorcade.

But the Commission's investigation was criticised for being incomplete, with a Congressional committee later concluding that Kennedy was "probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy."

US law requires that all government records on the assassination be disclosed "to enable the public to become fully informed."

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