The White House said the release of the files related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy would provide the public with greater understanding of the investigation into the assassination.
Roses lie on a marker outside the home where President John F. Kennedy was born 100 years ago on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S., May 29, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: Thousands of documents related to the 1963 assassination of then US President John F.Kennedy were released by the US National Archives on Thursday. US President Joe Biden issued an executive order authorising the latest disclosure but said that some files would be kept under wraps until June 2023 to protect against possible ‘identifiable harm’, reported the BBC.
The release of 13,173 documents will be useful for historians focusing on the events around the assassination. The White House said the release of the files would provide the public with a greater understanding of the investigation into the assassination.
“The profound national tragedy of President Kennedy`s assassination continues to resonate in American history and in the memories of so many Americans who were alive on that terrible day,” the memo read.
“As set forth in the Presidential Memorandum of October 22, 2021. â€¦in the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, the Congress declared that all Government records concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . . . should be eventually disclosed to enable the public to become fully informed about the history surrounding the assassination” the White House statement read quoting US President Joe Biden.
“â€¦I agree that continued postponement of public disclosure of such information is warranted to protect against identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure,” Biden said in an official order.
John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States (1961-1963), the youngest man elected to the office. He was shot during a visit to Dallas, Texas, on 22 November 1963.
Several books, articles and TV shows have spawned decades of conspiracy theories related to his assassination. According to an investigation by the Warren Commission, it was found that Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, a US citizen who had previously lived in the Soviet Union, acted alone the BBC said in a report.
But none of them were able to produce conclusive evidence that Oswald, who was fatally shot by nightclub owner Jack Ruby two days after killing Kennedy – worked with anyone else.
(With agency inputs)