Thou­sands of files on JFK killing to be re­leased

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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.”

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