JFK Full Disclosure Put Off Once Again Due To National Security.
The 1992 Congressional mandate for full disclosure of JFK documents is once again being put off, as The President was urged to stop the full release of JFK Documents. 2800 files will be released, but that is a small fraction of the 30,000 that were originally intended to be publically revealed.
“The government has had 25 years–with a known end-date–to prepare (hash)JFKfiles for release,” University of Virginia historian Larry Sabato tweeted in the afternoon. “Deadline is here. Chaos.”
Trump originally cleared the files to be released but the FBI and CIA have filed to withhold the vast majority. This delay has only further fueled the fires of conspiracy theorists, that believe the documents under review must be crucial for understanding the events that unfolded that tragic day.
“Mark Zaid, an attorney who handles cases involving national security, whistleblowers and the Freedom of Information Act, tweeted after the documents were released that “the GOOD stuff has absolutely been withheld as part of the 180-day review.”
No blockbusters had been expected in the vast trove of secret files regarding Kennedy’s assassination, given a statement months ago by the Archives that it assumed the records, then under preparation, would be “tangential” to what’s known about the shooting.
But for historians, it’s a chance to answer lingering questions, put some unfounded conspiracy theories to rest, perhaps give life to other theories
“As long as the government is withholding documents like these, it’s going to fuel suspicion that there is a smoking gun out there about the Kennedy assassination,” Patrick Maney, a presidential historian at Boston College, told the Associated Press
Even Wikileaks got into the act, with founder Julian Assange calling the delay “inexcusable.” The self-described government transparency organization, which CIA Director Mike Pompeo has described as a “hostile intelligence service,” offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who leaked the withheld documents “should they show violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error.”