The document dump that wasn’t. In the final moments before the release, Trump’s speech writers crafted an announcement that only some of the documents would be released, and that there would be a review based on National Security that would weigh the potential harm to national security until April 2018.
In a press release on the records, the National Archives said:
The President has also ordered that all remaining records governed by section 5 of the JFK Act be released, and thus additional records will be released subject to redactions recommended by the executive offices and agencies. NARA will process these records for release as soon as possible on a rolling basis.
Based on requests from executive offices and agencies the President has allowed the temporary withholding of certain information that would harm national security, law enforcement, or foreign affairs. The President also ordered agencies to re-review their proposed redactions and only redact information in the rarest of circumstances where its withholding “is made necessary by an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or conduct of foreign relations; and the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.” These instructions will allow the National Archives to release as much information as possible by the end of the temporary certification period on April 26, 2018.
In addition, the National Archives is also releasing to the public the unclassified electronic records of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), including 52,387 emails and 16,627 files from the ARRB drives.
However on Friday, Trump tweeted this;
“After strict consultation with General Kelly, the CIA and other Agencies, I will be releasing ALL JFK files other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living,” Trump’s statement said. “I am doing this for reasons of full transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2017
With all of the back and forth, it’s hard to say if these documents will be released fully or not. If you read President Trump’s twitter feed, he has gone back and forth on this several times in the last three days.
When news broke yesterday that we wouldn’t get the full archive, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange tweeted that “US intelligence agencies seem to be determined to make Trump look weak by delaying JFK files after he promised their release today.”
However what we do know from the document dump this week, is that there was suspicion that Lyndon Johnson had a part in the assassination. It was also discussed that Lyndon Johnson was at one time in his early political career a part of the Ku Klux Klan. There was discussion of how the CIA would assassinate Fidel Castro, and a lot of other Cuban related dumps. I will be compiling my research soon, and in the mean time there are other websites to gather information on these document dumps.
This site may have a decent review coming out soon; http://www.centerforpolitics.org/news.html
Also if you want to analyze or archive the documents for yourself, this is a link; https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/2017-release
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