The federal government has begun releasing files pertaining to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The documents detail what the CIA and the FBI knew before, and after, the fateful day.
Historians and scholars are almost unanimous in their belief that the 24-year-old year, former Marine, Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman when Kennedy was shot and killed. However, some Americans still feel that the 35th President died as a result of a conspiracy.
The National Archives has released more than 2,800 records related to the JFK assassination. The Government was required by a 1992 law to make these documents public.
Some of the details included a tip from a UK reporter, “Cambridge News,” that 25 minutes before the shooting in November, there would be ‘big news.’
The documents reveal that the FBI had Lee Harvey Oswald on their radar for his involvement with a pro-Fidel Castro group.
One of the documents also discusses a 1978 trip to Cuba, where the US Government met with Castro. The Cuban leader insisted neither he, nor his government had anything to do with the President’s death.
Those who have investigated the assassination are hoping to find out more information about a week Oswald spent in Mexico City where he met with Cuban and Soviet spies and an expert in the assassination.
The FBI also received a call at its Dallas, TX office threatening Oswald’s life, the night before he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby, who was also on the FBI’s surveillance radar.
About 300 files are being kept classified, for now, out of concerns for national security.
In a memo, President Trump directed agencies, that requested redactions, to review their reasons for keeping these records a secret. Trump went on to say the public deserves to know as much as possible about the assassination.
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