The National Archives Just Released a New Batch of JFK Assassination Docs

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On Thursday, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration released a new batch of documents connected to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.


The National Archives writes, on the page containing 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.

Most people reading this will be most interested in this part of the document dump, which releases over 13,000 memos, reports, and photographs to the public. There are nearly 300 pages of these documents, available to peruse. You can even download an Excel spreadsheet at the link above.

Then, as is required from time to time by the JFK Assassination Records Act of 1992, federal agencies reviewed the trove of documents about the JFK assassination that haven’t yet been released, and advised the President on whether docs should be redacted [not released] and stay 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.


Here’s the CIA’s letter:

As the CIA letter notes, the documents withheld in today’s release don’t concern the assassination itself, but the investigation following it, and they were redacted in an effort to protect “particular CIA employees,” along with “intelligence assets and sources, specific tradecraft and intelligence methods still in use.” Director Burns’ letter continues:

Thus, the minimal redactions that remain are necessary to protect the most sensative intelligence information in the CIA JFK Act records collection: people, places, and intelligence and operational details.

Now, you can take a look at the files for yourself.


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