It’s official, thousands of previously classified documents relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are now online.
The classified files were scheduled to be made public by Oct. 26, barring intervention by the president, under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.
President Trump ordered the release of over 2800 records, but withheld the release of a few others as they undergo further security review.
Officials at the National Archives have made a point of trying to dismiss the latest batch of documents contain any major revelations.
Wondering what’s in there? Here’s a quick review:
- The Soviets were worried ‘irresponsible’ Americans could launch a missile if Kennedy was killed. Soviet Union leaders also considered Oswald a “neurotic maniac who was disloyal to his own country and everything else.”
- Officials were looking for Oswald prior to the assassination.
- Lee Harvey Oswald spoke to a ‘member of KGB assassination unit.’ In a 1963 call intercepted in Mexico City, Oswald asked if there was “anything new concerning the telegram to Washington.”
- In the wake of Kennedy’s assassination, the Cuban ambassador to the US is said to have reacted with “happy delight.”
- FBI warned Dallas police of threat to kill Oswald – The FBI warned Dallas police of a death threat to Lee Harvey Oswald, according to a memo by director J. Edgar Hoover, but the police failed to protect him.
- The FBI was concerned about conspiracy theories from the start.
- A British newspaper was warned in advance. Less then 30 minutes before the shooting, a reporter with “Cambridge Evening News” got a call and was told to call the US Embassy for “some big news.”
The documents are available on the National Archives website, you can go through them all by clicking here.