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Only a few hours before a 25-year deadline was set to expire, the White House confirmed that it would release nearly 3,000 previously secret documents related to the 1963 assassination of John F Kennedy.
We’re now waiting on the National Archives to upload the documents online, which was promised shortly after a presidential memo. We’ll start sifting through them as soon as they’re available.
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The White House has released the memo signed by Donald Trump to release some 2,800 documents and keep another several hundred secret.
“I have no choice – today – but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our Nation’s security,” the president says.
The American public expects — and deserves — its Government to provide as much access as possible to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records (records) so that the people may finally be fully informed about all aspects of this pivotal event. Therefore, I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted. At the same time, executive departments and agencies (agencies) have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns.
I have no choice –today — but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our Nation’s security. To further address these concerns, I am also ordering agencies to re-review each and every one of those redactions over the next 180 days. At the end of that period, I will order the public disclosure of any information that the agencies cannot demonstrate meets the statutory standard for continued postponement of disclosure under section 5(g)(2)(D) of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (44 U.S.C. 2107 note) (the “Act”).