Thousands of files on JFK killing to be released
President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will allow more than 3,000 classified files on the JFK assassination to be released this week by the National Archives as ordered by Congress.
The classified files were scheduled to be made public by Thursday, barring intervention by the president, under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted.
Under the terms of the act, Trump could have blocked the release on the grounds that making the material public would harm intelligence, law enforcement, military operations or foreign relations.
Most of the files are believed to be from the 1960s and 1970s, stemming from the 1963 assassination and aftermath. But several dozens were generated by government agencies in the 1990s in apparent response to the conspiracy theories raised by the controversial Oliver Stone film “JFK.”