USA intelligence community braces for release of JFK assassination documents

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"Yesterday, I had the opportunity to make the case directly to the President of the United States by phone as to why I believe it is essential that he release the balance of the now redacted and classified JFK assassination documents", Mr Stone told far-right radio show host Alex Jones.

That includes 3000 documents that had never been seen by the public and more than 30,000 that had been released previously but with redactions.

Politico magazine earlier quoted Trump administration and other US government officials as saying the president would nearly certainly block the release of information from some of the thousands of classified files, which the US National Archives is scheduled to make public by an October 26 deadline. Congress mandated in 1992 that all assassination documents be released within 25 years, but the president has the power to block their release on the grounds that making them public would harm government intelligence, military operations or foreign relations. This is the correct decision. JFK files have been hidden too long'.

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Scholars and historians who have studied the assassination do not think the documents will lead to any bombshell discoveries, but the anticipated release still has them buzzing. The assassination has been the most talked about mystery of all time in American history. Lee Harvey Oswald was convicted of his murder, with the Warren Commission appointed by Kennedy's successor, Lyndon Johnson, finding he acted alone.

The President, no stranger to conspiracy theories himeslf, may also have a personal interest in some of the released documents. The Warren Commission reported after their 1964 study, that they believed that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the shooting, although some official later studies concluded that the shooting was the result of a conspiracy.

Trump's tweet appears as though he's leaning towards a complete release documents, but The Post reported that he may stop short of fully disclosing all the information if the security establishment provides good cause.

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At the weekend, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter he did not plan to stand in the way of the scheduled release.

Among those was a 1975 internal Central Intelligence Agency memo that questioned whether Oswald became motivated to kill Kennedy after reading an article in a newspaper that quoted Fidel Castro as saying: 'US leaders would be in danger if they helped in any attempt to do away with leaders of Cuba'.

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