Yesterday, questions about those records reached the White House, according to McClatchy DC.
“‘I haven’t had a discussion with the president about Kennedy’s assassination — President Kennedy’s assassination,’ Press Secretary Jay Carney said. He said he’s also not talked with Obama about whether classified files that have not yet been released in the case should be released.”
The story is making news all over.
On Monday, the CIA responded to questions from CNN about the May 14 JFK Facts report. The agency’s spokesman did not mention how many files are still secret or that the1,100 files may contain as much as 15-50,000 pages of material.
“CIA has followed the provisions of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, and the National Archives has all of the agency’s documents and files on the Kennedy assassination,” said CIA spokesman Edward Price. “The classified information contained in the files remains subject to the declassification provisions of the Act.”
The classified information includes the files of CIA officials active in covert operations in 1963 including William K. Harvey, David Phillips, David Morales, Anne Goodpasture, Howard Hunt, and George Joannides.
In an interview with Parade magazine, Secretary of State John Kerry said “the time may well have passed” for continuing secrecy around the files.
The existence of the secret files were first disclosed in a CIA court filing in the lawsuit Morley v. CIA.
Here’s an excerpt from the CIA court filing in which the existence of the documents was disclosed.