The JFK Facts report on Tuesday that the National Archives retains approximately 3,600 documents related to JFK’s assassination that have never been made public is the most specific accounting of still-secret JFK records yet.
Yet it is far from complete.
The 3,600 records include more than 1,100 CIA documents related to the assassination that have never been made public. These unseen documents include the operational files of CIA officers who figure in the assassination story such as David Phillips, Howard Hunt, Bill Harvey, and Ann Goodpasture.
The CIA says the the records are “Not Believed Relevant” to JFK’s death.
The 3,600 figure does not include JFK records that are known to have existed once but that have never surfaced.
The missing ONI files on Oswald
In the 1990s, the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) sought to locate Marine Corps records on the defection of Lee Harvey Oswald to the Soviet Union in 1959. Fred Reeves, a former employees of the Office of Naval Intelligence, recalled compiling so-called “119 reports” (ONI’s equivalent of an FBI 302 investigative report) about Oswald. When the ARRB asked the Marine Corps for the records, they were told none could be found.
Reeves’ story is credible and logical and corroborated by other witnesses and evidence. Of course, the Marines would do a damage assessment when one of its former members defected to a foreign power or was accused of killing a president.
So what happened to the Marines Corps assessments? No one knows.
The complete Air Force One tape
Another JFK record that is known to exist but has never surfaced is the complete unedited recording of communications between the presidential jet, Air Force One, as it flew from Dallas to Washington with carrying President Kennedy’s body and the new President Lyndon Johnson.
An edited version of the tape was first made public by the LBJ Library in 1979. A longer version of the tape emerged in the estate of JFK’s military aide Chester Clifton in 2011. When JFK Facts reported on the tape in October 2013, the Detroit Free Press, USA Today, and CNN picked up on the story.
Ed Primeau, nationally recognized audio expert, says that the Clifton tape has been edited in 5-10 places.
“The editing shows that somebody made decisions about what they wanted the public to know and hear and what they didn’t want the public to know and hear,” Primeau told JFK facts.
The complete Air Force One recording from November 22, 1963 has never surfaced.
Vanishing Church Committee depositions
Dozens of depositions of CIA taken by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities, chaired by Sen. Frank Church, have never been made public according to Rex Bradford of MaryFerrell.org.
Four of the depositions are cited in a report by Sens. Gary Hart and Russell Schweiker in their report on the performance of U.S. intelligence agencies in the assassination of JFK. They include the testimony of
“Chief, JM/WAVE CIA station,” May 16, 1975
“Intelligence Officer,” May 10, 1976
“Thomas Karamessines, deputy to CIA director Richard Helms (April 18, 1976)
“Supervisor,” April 27, 1976
For the full list, see Bradford’s memo, Missing Church Committee Depositions.
Sealed CIA file on a JFK suspect
Eladio del Valle was an anti-Castro militant who was murdered in February 1967.
Fabian Escalante, a senior Cuban intelligence officer, later said that he received information that del Valle was involved in JFK’s assassination.
“In 1962 Eladio Del Valle tried to infiltrate Cuba with a commando group of 22 men … ” Escalante said according to historian John Simkin. “One of our agents who was one of the people helping to bring this group to Cuba, was a man of very little education. They talked English on many occasions … Eladio Del Valle told this person, on many occasions, that Kennedy must be killed to solve the Cuban problem. After that we had another piece of information on Eladio Del Valle. This was offered to us by Tony Cuesta. He told us that Eladio Del Valle was one of the people involved in the assassination plot against Kennedy.”
The CIA created a personality file (known as a 201 file) for del Valle. The contents of the del Valle 201 file have never been made public, according to historian David Kaiser who sought to review the documents for his book, The Road to Dallas.
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For the purposes of this exercise–to call attention to JFK records that are withheld in full–I am not interested in hearing about documents that have been released in redacted form.
Nor am I interested hearing about JFK records that might have existed or should have existed or records known to have been destroyed.
I’m interested in hearing about specific documents/records that are known to have existed and are not known to have been destroyed and thus might still exist and be made public.