Bryan Bender of Politico digs deeper into the story of the 3,600 still-secret JFK files held by the National Archives, reporting that the withheld material includes records from the FBI and the National Security Agency. And he see indications that some federal agencies will continue to seek postponement of the records’ release past their scheduled release date of October 2017.
“We have sent letters to agencies letting them know we have records here that were withheld, 2017 is coming,” [National Archives official Martha] Murphy said in a recent interview at the primary government records repository in the D.C. suburbs. She said while no agency has formally requested a waiver yet, some “have gotten back to ask for clarification” and are seeking “more information.”
Bender’s reporting confirms something that I had heard second hand from a well-informed source: that the CIA and possibly other agencies plan to ask the president to keep at least some of these records secret past October 2017.
The comment from a CIA spokesman was characteristically ominous in a bland sort of way.
“We are aware of the process and will work judiciously within that process,” said spokesman Dean Boyd.