WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that he will allow the public release of President John F. Kennedy’s secret assassination files.
- JFK was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, during a motorcade in Dallas, Texas while riding the presidential convertible limousine.
- The National Archives has released most files to the public over the years, but a final batch is due for release next week.
Almost 54 years after JFK was assassinated, the final batch of secret files about his killing will be released to the public. Tens of thousands of pages still remain and only the president can authorize whether some should continue to be concealed or released in obscured form.
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long-blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump said on Twitter.
The 35th President of the United States was 46 when he died. He remains one of the most admired and beloved U.S. presidents.
JFK’s presidency also remembered as “Camelot,” lasted for only 1036 days.
Lee Harvey Oswald was pointed by evidence as the sole assassin. Numerous movies, TV shows, books, articles and documentaries have been produced about the assassination. Most Americans however, still don’t believe that Oswald operated alone. Oswald was shot to death by Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas police station two days after JFK’s death.
There were theories that JFK’s death was organized and involved a cabal of U.S. security agents. However, conspiracy theorists have yet to produce evidence that Oswald conspired with anyone.
Author of the Politico article, Philip Shenon, said that the last batch of documents may not reveal major bombshells, but may give light on Oswald’s activities during his travel to Mexico City in late September of 1963. He is reported as courting Cuban and Soviet spies.
“From the record we already have, we know he met there with Soviet spies and Cuban spies and other people who might have wanted to see Kennedy dead,” Shenon said.
“It’s going to be very interesting to see what else the government knew about the threat Oswald might pose – how much more they learned about his trip to Mexico City and whether or not they bungled evidence to suggest he was a threat.”
Shenon said it would be interesting to see if there was something in the files to support Trump’s comment during the presidential campaign connecting Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s father to Oswald.
“It’s the president’s favorite conspiracy theory about the Kennedy assassination … but I don’t think there is,” Shenon said.
Rafael Cruz, the Republican Senator’s father has called Trump’s allegations “ludicrous”. He was photographed with Oswald in New Orleans before JFK’s assassination.