The U.S. government retains approximately 3,600 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that have never been made public, according to the latest count of the National Archives.
Martha Murphy, a National Archives official, told a public forum in Washington on April 10, that only .01 percent of the JFK Assassination Records Collection at the Archives has not been made public. In a follow-up email with JFK Facts. Murphy acknowledged that she had misplaced the decimal point. The actual figure is 1.1 percent, she said.
“We currently have documented in the [JFK records] database 3,603 documents withheld in full [out] of a total of 318,866 documents in the database. So that comes
to 1.1 percent,” Murphy wrote.
While the Assassination Records Review Board, an independent civilian panel, which oversaw the declassification of JFK records in the 1990s, had first used the 1 percent figure, the exact number of documents still off limits to the public was not known until now.
In a second email, Murphy wrote, “we have found five of those documents which were actually released in the collection as redacted,” leaving 3,598 records that remain withheld in full. Murphy stressed the figure would likely change again as archivists compare the data base to the actual records in preparation for their scheduled release in October 2017.
The still-secret records includes more than 1,100 CIA documents, whose existence was first revealed by JFK Facts in May 2013, and subsequently reported by the Associated Press, Fox News, and the Boston Globe.
The Archives does not yet have an accurate agency by agency breakdown of the withheld records, Murphy said.
In her April 10 presentation, Murphy made it clear that all withheld information will be released in October 2017, as mandated by the 1992 JFK Records Act, unless the President orders otherwise. Archives staffers are currently perfecting the index because there are errors or missing information in the index as to the status of records, she said. The Archives intends to post the released information on the web and then integrate the newly released records into existing files, Murphy said.