In a recent email to researcher Bill Kelly, Martha Wagner Murphy, chief of the Special Access and FOIA Staff at the National Archives at College Park, disclosed some welcome news.
“I am pleased to inform you that the Special Access and FOIA unit has constituted a team to process all of the JFK documents that are still being withheld for release by 2017 in accordance with the JFK Act,” Murphy wrote.
She went on to note “the only basis to withhold records beyond that time would be if the President personally certifies continued postponement, under section 5(g)(2)(D) of the JFK Act). “
As JFK Facts first reported in May 2013, the CIA retains approximately 1,100 assassination-related records in their entirety that have never been seen by the public.
While I have criticized Archivist David Ferreiro for not making review and release of these files a priority, the creation of this team is a sign that the Archives is at long last responding popular demand for release of these records.
JFK Facts has also reported on what’s in this trove of records:
— Hundreds of pages from the operational files of CIA officers David Phillips and Anne Goodpasture, both of whom knew about the travel, politics, and contacts of accused assassin Lee Oswald before November 22, 1963;
— The files of William K. Harvey, chief of the CIA’s assassination program, known for his open hostility to President Kennedy and his Cuba policy.