It is expected that documents of secret governments to be released this week contain new details of what the CIA knew about Lee Harvey Oswald before killing President John F. Kennedy, experts say about assassination.
President Trump wrote on Saturday that he would allow publishing the documents, “subject to receiving additional information”. Federal law requires the National Archives to publish all of their JFK files by Thursday, 25 years after the date after President George H.V. Bush signed the JFK Assassination Act. The law allows Mr. Trump to retain part or all of the documents if he decides that any “identifiable damage” is against publication.
The record can reveal what the CIA knew about Oswald’s trip to the Soviet and Cuban Embassy in Mexico City weeks before Kennedy was killed in Dallas on November 22, 1963, investigative journalist Gerald Posner said.
“There are such errors in the biography of Oswald, in which we do not know what he is. One is Mexico City,” said Pozner, whose 1993 Case Closed Case has uncovered many conspiracy theories about Mr Kennedy’s assassination .
Oswald visited the embassies for applying for visas that would allow him to return to the Soviet Union, where he lived from 1959 to 1962. The CIA closely followed the two embassies. Posner said the CIA may have a video about Oswald’s visits.
The documents can also shed light on the former CIA officer and conspirator E. Howard Hunt for Watergate’s plot to two of his sons that he had previously known about the plans of CIA officers for the murder of Mr. Kennedy.
Many assassin experts believe that Hunt’s confession shortly before he dies is too vague, meaning nothing. “Let’s see what the documents show,” Pozner said.
For decades, the National Archives have been collecting government assassination documents.
Eighty-eight percent of the 5 million-page archives of JFK’s material are already public. Another 11 percent are partially public, with sensitive parts removed. Only one percent of the records remain completely secretive.
Posner said the opening of the archive would be “the last great excitement for JFC documentation”.
The US government’s conclusion that Oswald killed Kennedy alone in an attempt to achieve a bizarre-kind glory, is hardly sold. Gallup’s 2013 survey revealed that 61 percent of Americans believe Kennedy’s assassination was a conspiracy.
JFK conspiracy theorists legions offer a list of suspects involving CIA, FBI, Mafia, Cuban pro-Castro, Cuban anti-Castro, Corsican mobsters and Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy’s vice president.
Mr Posner, whose book was the finalist of the Pulitzer Prize in history, doubts that the new documents will uncover any secret plot. “If the US intelligence service had evidence of that, it would have been out of place a long time ago,” he said.
Government archivists also suspect that secret documents contain any surprising findings. “We assume that much of what will be published will be tangent” about the assassination, the National Archives website reported. Researchers, however, are eager to see the documents. “What did not look very exciting for them back in 1997 or 1998 may be important today,” Posner said.
The disclosure of the secret details will help Americans understand what happened in Dallas, said William Kelly, an assassination researcher from New Jersey. “It will give us the final pieces of the puzzle,” Kelly said.