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Trump has opportunity to release secret JFK files within months – will he do it?

Let’s hope the president allows the release because Americans deserve to know what their government knows

(NationalSentinelConspiracy: President Donald J. Trump will have a golden opportunity in a few months to put an end to decades of conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

As reported by Politico, under the provisions of a 1992 law, Trump has a deadline of six more months to decide if he wants to make heretofore secret documents and files regarding JFK’s assassination public.

In fact, according to the National Archives, an answer could come within weeks:

Under the deadline set by a 1992 law, Trump has six months left to decide whether he will block the release of an estimated 3,600 files related to the assassination that are still under seal at the Archives. From what is known of the JFK documents, most come from the CIA and FBI, and a number may help resolve lingering questions about whether those agencies missed evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death. As with every earlier release of JFK assassination documents in the 53 years since shots rang out in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, it is virtually certain that some of the files will be seized on to support popular conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s murder; other documents are likely to undermine them.

Trump, in the past, has been a fan of conspiracy theories, including the idea that one of his rivals on the campaign trail was in cahoots with JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

So the fact that this decision falls to Trump is no small irony.

Under the 1992 law all JFK files must be made public on the law’s 25th anniversary, which comes October 26. The decision to release the files are Trump’s alone.

Politico:

Martha W. Murphy, the Archives official who oversees the records, said in an interview last month that a team of researchers with high-level security clearances is at work to prepare the JFK files for release and hopes to begin unsealing them in batches much earlier than October – possibly as early as summer.

Beyond releasing the 3,600 never-before-seen JFK files, the Archives is reviewing another 35,000 assassination-related documents, previously released in part, so they can be unsealed in full. Short of an order from the president, Murphy said, the Archives is committed to making everything public this year: “There’s very little decision-making for us.”

Other files include those pertaining to CIA and FBI surveillance of Oswald, who mysteriously made a trip to Mexico City weeks before the assassination, where he visited the Soviet and Cuban embassies. Also, some of the files are said to identify by name witnesses given anonymity – Americans, foreign spies and law-enforcement personnel – who had information about the assassination.

One of them is E. Howard Hunt, of Watergate conspiracy fame. There are some 400 documents pertaining to Hunt, a former CIA operative who said on his death bed he had advance knowledge of the assassination:

Many [documents] showed how much evidence was withheld from the Warren Commission, the independent panel led by Chief Justice Earl Warren that investigated the assassination and concluded in 1964 that there was no evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death.

The documents showed that both the CIA and FBI had much more extensive information about Oswald—and the danger he posed to JFK—before the assassination than the agencies admitted to Warren’s investigation. The evidence appeared to have been withheld from the commission out of fear that it would expose how the CIA and FBI had bungled the opportunity to stop Oswald.

Under the 1992 statute, law enforcement agencies originally involved in the JFK assassination investigation can request that certain documents remain secret. Only the president can approve such requests.

We’ll see what Trump will do, but honestly, it’s past time for the country to learn all it can know about the murder of a president.

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