For decades, the world has wondered about the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The lack of transparency has created many unanswered questions and a multitude of speculation.
Last year, the trove of documents released by the FBI relating to the assassination of President Kennedy turned up an interesting point.
We found out President Kennedy asked the FBI to look into Thomas D’Alesandro Jr- Nancy Pelosi’s father- in 1961.
The story was underreported as the media spent that day, January 6, focusing instead on the Capitol events.
Many were hoping the documents awaiting release would provide further insight into President Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
On Wednesday, the Biden Administration released almost 1,500 documents relating to the assassination of President Kennedy.
The National Archives released the previously classified documents nearly sixty years after Kennedy was fatally shot in Dallas, Texas.
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It appears the government is to blame for the skepticism around President Kennedy’s assassination.
Why not release everything unless you have something to hide?
With what we now know about Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, it’s hard to believe he acted alone.
However, a commission overseen by Chief Justice Earl Warren concluded Oswald acted alone, killing Kennedy as the presidential motorcade passed by.
The same people who believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the JFK assassination, also believe Joe Biden received 81 million legitimate votes and that January 6th was a real 'Insurrection.'
— Mike Engleman🇺🇲 (@RealPatriot56) December 15, 2021
Oswald reportedly spent time living in the Soviet Union.
The documents released today show Oswald met with a KGB agent before President Kennedy’s assassination.
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Following the assassination of President Kennedy, Oswald was then shot and killed two days later by Jack Ruby, a bar owner.
The Commission conveniently also concluded that Ruby acted alone.
However, the documents released include CIA cables and memos that detail Oswald’s visits to the Soviet and Cuban embassies in Mexico City.
The documents also discuss the potential for Cuban involvement in Kennedy’s assassination.
CBS News has more:
The documents include CIA cables and memos discussing Oswald’s previously disclosed but never fully explained visits to the Soviet and Cuban embassies in Mexico City as well as discussion, in the days after the assassination, of the potential for Cuban involvement in the killing of Kennedy.
One CIA cable describes how Oswald phoned the Soviet embassy while in Mexico City to ask for a visa to visit the Soviet Union. He also visited the Cuban embassy, apparently interested in a travel visa that would permit him to visit Cuba and wait there for a Soviet visa. On October 3, 1963, more than one month before the assassination, he drove back into the United States through a crossing at the Texas border.
Another memo, dated the day after Kennedy’s assassination, says that according to an intercepted phone call in Mexico City, Oswald communicated with an identified KGB officer while at the Soviet embassy that September.
After Kennedy was killed, Mexican authorities arrested a Mexican employee of the Cuban embassy with whom Oswald had communicated, and she said Oswald had “professed to be a Communist and an admirer of Castro,” according to the cable.
One CIA document marked “Secret Eyes Only” traces U.S. government plots to assassinate the Cuban leader at the time, Fidel Castro, including a 1960 plot “that involved the use of the criminal underworld with contacts inside Cuba.”
Another document weighs whether Oswald, while living in New Orleans, may have been affected in any way by the publication in the local newspaper of an interview an Associated Press correspondent conducted with Castro in which Castro warned of retribution if the U.S. were to take out Cuban leaders.
Why has there been such a delay in providing Americans with transparency?
What is the government trying to hide?
A White House memo signed by Biden on October 22 reiterated the need to postpone full disclosure of the classified documents:
Temporary continued postponement is necessary to protect against identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.
Biden:"postponement [of release of JFK assassination files] is necessary to protect against identifiable harm to the military defense, intel operations, law enforcement, or conduct of foreign relations…of such gravity it outweighs the public interest…" https://t.co/lvg9MVLsOx
— Jeffrey Kaye (@jeff_kaye) October 31, 2021
Some historians point to the information on intelligence activities during the Cold War as a reason for postponing the full release.
JFK researchers are frustrated with the apparent lack of new information in these documents.
Frustrated JFK researchers say there is little new to learn in Wednesday's release of previously classified documents collected as part of the government review into the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. https://t.co/OdDs6zCVuz
— CNN International (@cnni) December 15, 2021
JFK DOCUMENTS: The White House is expected to release some previously classified JFK assassination documents today, but researchers want them all released. https://t.co/VfW99DjJ52
— WRCB-TV (@WRCB) December 15, 2021
KTEN has more:
Frustrated JFK researchers say there is little new to learn in Wednesday’s release of previously classified documents collected as part of the government review into the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The vast majority of the almost 1,500 documents released by the National Archives as new appear to be duplicates of previously released documents with only a few redacted words now revealed, often the name of a CIA case officer or the location of an overseas agency station that investigators had already pieced together. Some have no changes whatsoever.
The release still leaves more than 10,000 documents either partially redacted or withheld entirely, which won’t be seen until December 2022 at the earliest under an order issued by President Joe Biden in October. It has prolonged the bitter debate between the federal government and JFK researchers, who argue that the CIA, the FBI and other national security agencies have continually stonewalled a congressionally mandated release.
“It’s always ‘the next time,” said the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato, a leading scholar of the assassination. He called the redactions that were removed in Wednesday’s release “minimal and worthless.”
If national security agencies do not propose certain documents to be withheld, they will be released by Dec. 15, 2022.
— Pippa Malmgren (@DrPippaM) October 24, 2021
We are still combing through the documents and will report any updates as they unfold.
If you’d like to look at the newly released documents, you can check them out from the National Archives here:
What do you think is in the final batch of documents yet to be disclosed?