The CIA released a statement in conjunction with President Trump’s decision to certify CIA and FBI decision to block tens of thousands of pages of JFK assassination records from public view.
In light of this statement, I will be pursuing the review and release of the files of George Joannides, which I sought in Morley v. CIA.
The CIA statement:
We welcome the President’s directive to conduct further review of the records in the JFK Assassination Records Collection to identify any additional information that can be released, while still protecting our officers, partners, sources, and methods.
- CIA has been working diligently to release to the public as much CIA information as possible from the collection. Pursuant to the JFK Assassination Records Act of 1992, more than 87,000 CIA records were identified as falling within the scope of the collection. Of those, CIA has already released more than 69,000 records to the public in full, without redaction.
- Every single one of the approximately 18,000 remaining CIA records in the collection will ultimately be released, with no document withheld in full. While some of these 18,000 records currently contain targeted redactions, the information redacted represents less than one percent of the total CIA information in the collection.
- CIA’s current redactions were undertaken with the intent to protect information in the collection whose disclosure would harm national security — including the names of CIA assets and current and former CIA officers, as well as specific intelligence methods and partnerships that remain viable to protecting the nation today.