The White House reported that the release of secret documents detailing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will not be disclosed until December 2022 because the pandemic did not allow sufficient time to review them thoroughly.
This provision delays what is contemplated in the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, under which Americans are allowed to be informed about those facts, according to a White House memo on Oct. 22.
“All Government records concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . . . should be eventually disclosed to enable the public to become fully informed about the history surrounding the assassination,” the aforementioned law specifies.
However, it also allowed for postponement of the release of the information if certain conditions were met.
According to the memorandum, the reasons for delaying declassification include: “protect against an identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations,” according to the memorandum.
For its part, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) stated, “unfortunately, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the agencies,” and that it needed more time to “maximize the amount of information released.”
For now, about 250,000 documents related to the tragic crime are available. Still, to see them, you have to go to the NARA headquarters, located in College Park, Maryland, United States, according to the New York Post.
The official version describes that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, while traveling in a motorcade in Dallas, for which former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested.
But two days later, he was shot by nightclub owner Jack Ruby, who died in 1967. On the other hand, a congressional committee concluded that Kennedy was “probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.”
The mystery of who was really responsible for his death continues to this day. One theory is that it was the Soviet Union that ordered the crime, according to the book “Operation Dragon: Inside The Kremlin’s Secret War on America.”
It was written by Ambassador R. James Woolsey and Lieutenant General Ion Mihai Pacepa. Woolsey headed the CIA from 1993 to 1995. And Pacepa was a former acting head of communist Romania’s spy service who died earlier this year.
Woolsey and Pacepa say the order was given by then-Communist leader Nikita Khrushchev, which was nevertheless revoked, but Oswald, who was associated with the KGB, went ahead with the plan because of his devotion to the Soviet Union.
“There is no doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald was trained by the KGB to commit the assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” the authors write.
They add: “Even after the KGB ordered Oswald to stand down, Oswald stubbornly went ahead with what he considered his personal mission as bestowed upon him by his hero, Khrushchev.” Other theories do not rule out U.S. politicians being involved.