Donald Trump plans to allow the release of long-secret files on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
In a Tweet on Saturday, the current US leader said he would let the classified documents be opened ‘subject to the receipt of further information’.
“The president believes that these documents should be made available in the interests of full transparency unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise,” a White House official said.
Over the years, the National Archives has released most documents related to the case, but a final batch, amounting to tens of thousands of pages, remains and only Trump has the authority to decide whether some should continue to be withheld or released in redacted form.
Scholars hope for more insight into Lee Harvey Oswald’s trip to Mexico City weeks before he shot President Kennedy https://t.co/tNT1aWhtEk— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) 21 octobre 2017
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFKFILES to be opened,” Trump wrote.
Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 21 octobre 2017
The Nov. 22 1963 assassination cut short “Camelot,” as the 1,000 days of the Kennedy presidency became known.
Surveys have shown that a majority of Americans still distrust official evidence pointing to Lee Harvey Oswald as the sole killer of JFK.
More than half a century on, conspiracy theories abound over the fatal shooting in Dallas.
Oswald never stood trial. He was shot and killed two days later by nightclub owner Jack Ruby while in police custody.
Thousands of books, articles, TV shows, movies and documentaries have been produced about the assassination.
Kennedy, who was 46 when he died, remains one of the most admired US presidents.