The US National Archives next month should release thousands of secret government records referring to the murder of John F. Kennedy in 1963, and whether it will happen, it depends on US President Donald Trump.
The archives have a deadline to do so by October 26, unless Trump intervenes.
It’s about more than 3,000 still secret and so far not published before public documents, as well as 30,000 that were previously published, but separate sections were censored.
These are most of the documents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), who did not want to say if they in any way demanded from Trump they remain a secret.
According to the 1992 law, Kennedy’s death documents, an event that has raised many conspiracy theories in modern American history, must become public until October 26, in particular the 25th anniversary of the adoption of that law.
However, Trump can decide not to do so if he estimates that the disclosure of documents can cause damage to intelligence, police, military operations or relations with other countries.
“The American public deserves to know the facts or at least it can find out what the authorities have been covering all these years,” said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, who is the author of Kennedy’s book.
Judge John Tenheim, who in the 1990s presided over an independent agency that disclosed many murder documents and ruled out how many other acts should remain secret, said Kennedy’s killing documents did not contain “some major breakthroughs”.
Sabato believes that secret documents can at least partially illuminate the events related to the trip of Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy’s killer to Mexico City just weeks before the assassination, visiting the Soviet and Cuban embassies.
Despite the numerous conspiracy theories, the commission, led by Supreme Court President Earl Warren, in 1964 concluded that Oswald acted alone.
The National Archives in July published on its website over 440 then secret killings documents and thousands more, partially censored.
Among them was a 1975 CIA record, which raises the question whether the text in a medium, citing Fidel Castro that “US leaders would be in danger if they help any attempt to liquidate Cuban leaders”, motivated Oswald to kill Kennedy.
Sabato suspects that some key documents may have been destroyed before 1992.
John Kennedy, born on May 29, 1917, was the 35th and youngest president of the United States from 1961 to 1963 as a member of the Democratic Party. He was killed at the age of 46 on November 22, 1963 in Dallas.