The Black Vault (“Exposing government secrets… one page at a time.”) is the best online source for the latest release of JFK assassination documents. Their interface, far superior to the National Archives web site, makes for easy searching and linking.
Send along noteworthy finds to JFK Facts.
Earle Cabell, Dallas mayor and CIA asset
The release of long-secret JFK assassination files by the National Archives has drawn the attention of news organizations nationwide.
Four revelations stand out so far.
1) WhoWhatWhy reported on documents showing that Earle Cabell, the mayor of Dallas at the time of JFK’s assassination, was a CIA asset in the 1950s. His brother, Charles Cabell, was a high-ranking CIA official until 1962.
MDG writes about my post, “4 CIA Lies” critiquing Politico’s flawed JFK coverage.
Exceptional reporting. Exceptional writing. Thank you for your dedication to seeking justice in this case. We have been waiting a long time to read what you wrote. The facts have led us here
The first nationally known analysts to weigh in on the new JFK files are Phil Shenon and Larry Sabato, former New York Times reporter and University of Virginia professor respectively. In a story for Politico Magazine, they purport to tell the story How the CIA Came to Doubt the Official Story of JFK’s Murder.
The tipoff to the story’s limitations is the headline, which sounds a bit odd: how the CIA came to doubt the official story…
The CIA was the source for key parts of the official JFK story–that a lone gunman killed President Kennedy out of “hatred for American society.” The CIA’s doubts only surfaced in the spring of 1975 when the official story was shredded by revelations about the agency’s pre-assassination knowledge of Oswald and plots to kill Castro.
Drew Pearson, March 1948
To people interested in the new JFK releases, I can highly recommend item 3) on Bill Kelly’s Top Ten Newly Released Records.
3) Drew Pearson’s interview with Nikita Khrushchev.
In this May 1964 conversation about the assassination of JFK, Drew Pearson, one of the nation’s leading syndicated columnists, failed to dispel the conspiratorial convictions of Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviet Union.
Three years later, Pearson’s fellow investigative reporter Jack Anderson would break a story that shattered Washington’s confidence in the official JFK story and lent credence to Khrushchev’s view.
Tony Cuesta, anti-Castro fighter with a JFK story
The National Archives’ long-awaited release of JFK assassination files, which began on Monday, has some holes in it.
At least 12 CIA documents that were supposed to be released online Monday are still in the possession of the Agency, according to the Archives.
Among the missing documents are ten pages of notes on the FBI/Army Intelligence file of Tony Cuesta, an anti-Castro militant who implicated a Cuban exile marksman in the assassination of JFK.
The CIA also retains a 47-page file on Cuesta, which is supposed to be released this year, according to the National Archives online database.
The omission of the Cuesta file and 11 other documents from this week’s release was inadvertent, according to archivist James Mathis.
In an email to JFK Facts, Mathis wrote.
The National Archives servers are crashing, making it very difficult to download the new JFK assassination files from the NARA site.
If you have succeeded in downloading any of the zipped files, please send a copy of the entire batch to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am getting calls from the national news organizations and would like to respond knowledgably.
The National Archives has begun the long-awaited release of JFK Assassination Records.
I will start writing about these records as soon as I have reviewed them. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions. You can download the documents now. Please send me anything you think is his historically significant or interesting, whether or not it directly relates to JFK’s assassination.
What’s in these documents? I summarize what is know in a recent article for Newsweek: “Donald Trump and the Kennedy Assassination: America’s Most Powerful Conspiracy Theorist Will Decide Fate of Secret JFK Trove.”
Reader Russ on my Newsweek piece (written with Rex Bradford) about President Trump and the trove of JFK records to be released in October. Read more
He’s called global warming a hoax, suggested that Barack Obama was not an American and linked autism to childhood vaccinations. And soon, President Donald Trump, America’s most powerful conspiracy theorist, will decide the fate of more than 113,000 pages of secret documents about the ultimate conspiracy theory: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.
Source: The Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief Will Decide the Fate of Secret Documents on JFK’s Assassination | Alternet
Donald Trump, America’s most powerful conspiracy theorist will soon decide the fate of secret documents about the ultimate conspiracy theory: the Kennedy assassination.
Source: Donald Trump and the Kennedy Assassination: America’s Most Powerful Conspiracy Theorist Will Decide Fate of Secret JFK Trove
Judge John Tunheim, former chair of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board.
At a Washington press conference Thursday, Judge John Tunheim called for the release of all the government’s files on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy later this year.
Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Incredibly enough, thousands of pages of government files related to his murder remain secret, 54 years later.
“It’s time to release them all,” Tunheim said. “There’s no real reason to protect this information.”
Some 3,500 JFK documents remain secret, according to the National Archives data base,
Ross from California writes
“Having perused your website, I know that there are approximately 3,600 records that are still classified, 1,110 of which are CIA related. I realize there is a volume associated with these records, could you give me summary of the records that may be the most pertinent to the case? What influence over the release of these records will the new President have?”
The best summary of the still-secret JFK records comes from Rex Bradford, president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation site. Read more here.
The president can have a lot of influence over JFK records. Read about that here.