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US releases trove of secret files on Kennedy assassination

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Former US President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy are pictured in his car in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, moments before he was assassinated.

US: US authorities released thousands of pages of secret documents Wednesday on president John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a case that still fuels conspiracy theories despite the official conclusion he was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald.

The CIA and FBI files show US investigators spread their net wide and deep to find out if Oswald conspired with others in the November 22, 1963 murder that shocked the world.

Documents show they chased down myriad leads, from Soviet intelligence to African communist groups and the Italian mafia.

The papers also show the extensive US efforts to spy on and influence the Communist Government of Fidel Castro in Cuba, where Oswald had contacts and which Kennedy had sought to overthrow.

The 1,491 files, many of them lengthy reports, were posted on the JFK Assassination Records page of the National Archives, which already has tens of thousands of listings related to Kennedy’s death and the investigation that followed.

Kennedy’s assassination has long given rise to numerous conspiracy theories that do not accept the official verdict that Oswald worked alone when he shot Kennedy as the young president was rolling through the streets of Dallas, Texas in a convertible limousine.

Trump declassified more than 53,000 documents in seven tranches, taking the portion of the entire assassination archive available to the public to 88 percent, according to the National Archive.

But Trump left thousands of others under wraps on national security grounds. This year, President Joe Biden pledged to honour the law, but he too came under fire in October when the White House postponed more releases.


Friday, December 17, 2021 – 01:00

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