Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information'

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Secret government documents to be released this week likely contain new details about what the Central Intelligence Agency knew about Lee Harvey Oswald before he murdered President John F. Kennedy, assassination experts say.

Dan Mahaffee, vice-president and director of policy at Washington's Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, told VOA he worries that America has entered an "era of conspiracy theories" spurred by the loss of faith in government. All the documents will be released to the public on October 26, 2017, 25 years after the law was originally passed.

President Trump on Saturday announced that he wouldn't block the National Archives' release of more than 3,000 JFK files, many of which have been classified since the 1960s. Though there may not be a smoking gun in the documents, considering the secrecy with which the files have been handled all along, this release has heightened expectations.

The talkRADIO presenter believes when Kennedy was murdered "he was getting into his stride as I believe the likely best president the United States ever had".

Speaking to Politico, an anonymous White House official said that "unless there is a dramatic change of heart, there will not be an absolutely full release of this information". A year later, the Warren Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated Kennedy and that he acted alone. Historians don't believe there will be any bombshell findings, but the files could shed light on the CIA's investigation of Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy's suspected killer. Some have expressed concerns that the documents could be embarrassing to Mexico and damaging to US-Mexico relations.

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The Washington Post and other media have quoted officials as saying that government agencies have lobbied Trump to withhold some of the documents, arguing that they could expose relatively recent intelligence and law enforcement operations. "JFK files have been hidden too long".

"Anybody who thinks this is going to turn the case on its head and suddenly show that there were three or four shooters at Dealey Plaza - it's not the case", Posner said.

"There's been several attempts over the last 50 years or more", said Grassley, "to show that there has been (a conspiracy)".

"They tried seven times and they couldn't even wound him". That deadline expires this Thursday and the USA government is all set to release the last batch of files pertaining to an event that occurred 54 years ago.