As a lot of researchers predicted, President Trump has failed to deliver on his tweet promise of October 26. “All JFK files released ahead of schedule,” he said back then.
From today’s National Archives press release about the JFK files, we learn the reality: thousands of JFK files are still secret and and their release is now way behind schedule–three years behind.
Trump six months ago.
The President has determined that all information that remains withheld under section 5 must be reviewed again before October 26, 2021 to determine whether continued withholding from disclosure is necessary.
Source: New Group of JFK Assassination Documents Available to the Public | National Archives
Of all the fascinating and weird things about the JFK assassination story, the veil of official secrecy that still surrounds the subject a half-century later is one of the most fascinating and weird. Read more
Gerald Posner, author of Case Closed, is optimistic. Read more
Joan Mellen, professor and historian at Temple University, doubts it:
Nate Jones, author and director of the FOIA Project of the non-profit National Security Archive, has a succinct answer:
Larry Sabato, University of Virginia professor and author of The Kennedy Half Century, thinks not. Read more
I spoke with J. Pat Brown, executive editor of Muck Rock, the non-profit, collaborative investigative news site.
Stuart Wexler, high school teacher and author of “Killing King: Racial Terrorists, James Earl Ray and the Plot to Assassinate Martin Luther King Jr.,” doubts the president will free the files. Read more
Reason’s Jesse Walker asked the single most important JFK assassination files question last October. It will be answered on April. 26.
Meanwhile, I’m asking other people in the JFK community for their views. Like:
James and Bill are asking people to petition the White House for full disclosure of the JFK files, come April 26. Sign your name here.
With 17 days to go until President Trump’s April 26 deadline for release of the last of the U.S. government’s assassination files, it is worth recalling what Trump told the head of U.S. government agencies in his October 26, 2017 order.
Gina Haspel, document destroyer
As the April 26 deadline for release of the last of the JFK assassination files approaches. President Trump will be hearing from his new CIA director Gina Haspel on the issue of what can and cannot be made public.
What will Haspel say? Read more
Will President Trump enforce the law when it comes to JFK assassination files later this month?
That’s the question the Mary Ferrell Foundation put to National Archivists David Ferriero in a March 12 letter. Read more