Documents on JFK Assassination Revealed

Documents on JFK Assassination Revealed

( – On November 22, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy died in a Texas hospital after falling victim to an assassin’s bullet. His successor, Lyndon Baines Johnson, appointed a commission to investigate the assassination headed up by the Supreme Court’s chief justice, Earl Warren.

Government officials have kept the full scope of the Warren Commission’s investigation a closely guarded secret for decades, and any insider information died along with its last remaining member, former President Gerald Ford, in 2006. However, some information has managed to work its way into the public arena over the waning years.

New Documents on Kennedy Assassination Released

On Wednesday, December 15, the National Archive issued a press release announcing the release of nearly 1,500 documents related to the Kennedy assassination. President Joe Biden ordered the release of the heavily redacted documents in a presidential memorandum issued on October 22, 2021.

Prior to that, the last release of assassination-related documents occurred in 2018.

A bulk of the roughly 5 million pages of documents stored in the National Archives has been released to the public since the late 1990s. The JFK Assassination Records Act of 1992 governed the release of assassination-related documents, but several federal agencies petitioned the Office of the President to continue blocking the release of additional files.

The National Archives and the agencies requesting extensions are set to review the remaining documents withheld from the public. The Archives has until the middle of December 2022 to release any additional documents in its custody.

Curious New Information Revealed in Latest Document Dump

The latest release of documents included some interesting new information. For instance, a 1964 memo discussed a 1962 tip warning officials at the US Embassy in Australia of a possible contract for the assassination of Kennedy. According to the document, officials from the former Soviet Union offered a $100,000 bounty on President Kennedy. Yet, files showed that the Embassy never forwarded the tip to the CIA for some inexplicable reason.

Additionally, the documents revealed that Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, had a meeting in Mexico and a follow-up telephone call with a Russian operative shortly before JFK’s assassination. Rumors have floated around for years alleging that Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, either worked as a Soviet KGB agent or cooperated with them.

One must wonder if the country will ever learn what truly transpired on that fateful day at Dealey Plaza in 1963.

You can click here to go to the National Archives website and view the Warren Commission Report.

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