Kennedy Assassination: US Archives Release Thousands of Documents

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Thousands of documents related to the 1963 assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy were released Thursday. Some 97% of the documents devoted to this subject are now accessible, but the publication of thousands more has been blocked for national security reasons.

After the declassification of a block of archives on the assassination of John F. Kennedy in December 2021, the American Archives made public, Thursday, December 15, some 13,000 additional documents. This event, which occurred on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, caused astonishment throughout the world and still arouses countless speculations today.

According to the National Archives, 97% of the approximately five million pages of the file are now accessible.

But the White House, citing national security concerns, blocked the release of thousands more documents.

Democratic President Joe Biden said in a memo that a “limited” number of documents could not be made public, a measure “necessary” to “prevent damage to military defense, intelligence operations, security forces order or foreign policy”.

An assassination that has fueled many conspiracy theories

The assassination of the very popular American president, on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, gave rise to numerous conspiracy theories, fueled by hundreds of books and films such as Oliver Stone’s “JFK” (1991).

They reject the conclusions of the so-called “Warren Commission” which had determined, in 1964, that Lee Harvey Oswald, a former Marine who lived in the Soviet Union, had acted alone in the assassination of President Kennedy. He had been killed two days later.

Some believe that Oswald was used by Cuba or the USSR. Others believe that the assassination was ordered by the anti-Castro Cuban opposition with the support of the American secret services and the FBI, or by opponents of JFK in the United States.

In 2017, Donald Trump released records in the case, following a 1992 law of Congress requiring all documents related to President Kennedy to be released within 25 years.

With AFP

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