The United States declassified more documents on the assassination of John F. Kennedy

File photo of John F. Kennedy seconds before his assassination in Dallas

The US National Archives released thousands of documents on Thursday about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

According to the Archives, they were made public 12,879 documents but the White House prevented the publication of a few thousand more citing reasons of national security.

He reported that 97% of records have been releasedtotaling approximately five million pages.

President Joe Biden said in a memo that a “limited” number of documents will continue to be withheld.

“The continued temporary postponement of the public release of such information is necessary to protect us against identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations,” it said.

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John F. Kennedy assassination. Mrs. Kennedy leans over the slain President as a Secret Service man climbs into the back of the car in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963 (Bettmann Archive) (Bettmann/)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was 46 years old and was serving his first term as president of the United States when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963 after receiving several bullet wounds while traveling in a presidential delegation on the occasion of an official visit to the state of Texas.

For those shots he was arrested Lee Harvey Oswaldwho two days later, when he went to testify about those events, was assassinated by Jack Rubyowner of a nightclub in the city of Dallas. The Warren Commission concluded that Oswald had acted alone in the assassination. However, his assassination and the ten years he lived in the Soviet Union spawned widespread and controversial conspiracy theories about the assassination.

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Guards escort Lee Harvey Oswald two days after his arrest in connection with the assassination of President Kennedy. Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby during a press conference (Photo by © CORBIS/Getty Images) (National Archives – JFK/)

Although much information about the assassination of Kennedy has already been published, thousands of documents remain under wraps that should have come to light on October 26, 2017, according to an act passed by Congress in 1992 during the Democrat’s term. Bill Clinton (1993-2001).

However, as the date approached, the Republican donald trump (2017-2021), who then occupied the White House, signed an order that postponed the publication of all reports.

For his part, the President Joe Biden He had also requested another postponement, justifying that the pandemic prevented workers from the National Archives from properly reviewing all documents. The Democratic president also requested that the National Archives review that information and recommend to the White House which parts were to remain private. In December 2021, the entity published 1,500 documents, although it did not rule on the rest.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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