PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden has less than two months to go before taking office, but he’s already being pressured to release secret documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Sunday marks the 57th anniversary of the first Catholic president’s 1963 killing, and the circumstances surrounding Kennedy’s death are just as murky today as they were half a century ago.
Joe Biden is being pressured to release the remaining classified JFK assassination filesCredit: AFP or licensors
The President-elect will have the decision to review the files for release in October 2021
President Donald Trump revealed all of the “long blocked” files would be opened on October 27, as the US Congress ordered after a 1992 hearing on the matter.
This leaves the fate of the remaining never-before-seen files in the hands of the incoming Biden administration.
President Donald Trump revealed thousands of previously classified Kennedy docs in 2017Credit: Splash News
More than 30,000 secret files about Kennedy’s death have been uncoveredCredit: Getty – Contributor
Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was fatally shot during a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.
The alleged lone assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the crime but killed by Jack Ruby two days later.
Kennedy’s murder has sparked a number of conspiracy theories, with many believing more than one person fired at the president and there was a cover up.
John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States and the first Catholic electedCredit: Getty Images – Getty
He was murdered on November 22, 1963 in TexasCredit: Getty – Contributor
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.
Dozens of files are also responses to conspiracy theories following the Oliver Stone film JFK.
It is thought the files could shed light on the movements of Oswald before the killing including visits to Soviet and Cuban embassies.
His assassination is one of the biggest tragedies of the 20th centuryCredit: Getty – Contributor
Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot Kennedy from a sixth-floor windowCredit: Getty Images – Getty
He was later killed in jail while awaiting trialCredit: Getty – Contributor
A passport, rifle bullets, and other items that belonged to OswaldCredit: Getty – Contributor
FILES MADE PUBLIC
President Trump ordered the release of all JFK documents – including more than 30,000 that were previously made public – on October 26, 2017 a day after more than 2,891 more records were unveiled.
“I am doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest,” he said in a statement shared on Twitter.
A third round of 676 documents were released on November 3, 2017.
But the remaining documents were kept secret, and Trump revealed the following year that they’d remain locked away until 2021 at the behest of national intelligence groups.
Senior Trump administration officials wouldn’t discuss the contents of the files made public, including whether they contain evidence to back up conspiracy theories around the former president’s death.
Trump revealed in April 2018 that he’ll keep the remaining documents redacted due to national security concernsCredit: Splash News
Senior Trump administration officials wouldn’t discuss the contents of the files made publicCredit: Hulton Archive – Getty
“OPTIMISM” TO OVERRIDE OBSTRUCTION
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.
“There’s optimism that the Biden administration will finally comply with the JFK Records Act to override expected further obstructionism of U.S. intelligence agencies and fully release all documents,” Russ Baker, a journalist and Kennedy expert, told WhoWhatWhy.
Biden will be in office when the CIA is due to review the remaining files next yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The 1992 JFK Records Collection Act ordered all assassination-related files to be house in a single National Archive collectionCredit: Corbis – Getty
Though there’s plenty of information available about Kennedy’s assassination, Baker said it’s still important for the last batch of documents to be publicized.
“Given the ability of those who control them to determine what comes out, they are hardly the ultimate word,” he told Newsweek.
“In this age of Trump and fake news, the importance of objective truth has become paramount.”
Kennedy died at the age of 46Credit: Getty – Contributor
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