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The National Archives Releases Another Round of Documents Concerning the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

On Thursday, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released a new set of documents relating to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.

The National Archives stated on the page that contains the documents that it is “processing previously withheld John F. Kennedy assassination-related records to comply with President Joe Biden’s Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on the Temporary Certification Regarding Disclosure of Information in Certain Records Related to the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, requiring disclosure of releasable records by December 15, 2022. The National Archives has posted records online to comply with these requirements.”

Many people reading this article will be interested in the portion of the file dump that released more than 13,000 memos, documents, and photos for the general public to view. There are more than 300 pages of documents accessible for perusal. You can also download an Excel spreadsheet from available links.

As is required under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, federal agencies from time to time analyze the many documents pertaining to the JFK assassination that have not yet been released. They suggest to the president which documents need to be redacted (not released) and remain classified. Letters from the Defense and State departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Archives are all included on the Agency Postponement Documentation page.

According to a CIA note, the documents withheld from Thursday’s release don't pertain to the assassination itself; however, they do cover the investigation that followed it. They were redacted in order to safeguard “particular CIA employees” in addition to “intelligence assets and sources, specific tradecraft and intelligence methods still in use.” 

Director Burns continued in his letter: ”Thus, the minimal redactions that remain are necessary to protect the most sensitive intelligence information in the CIA JFK Act records collection: people, places, and intelligence and operational details.”

You can now go through the files yourself.

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