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Joe Biden postpones declassifying secret archives related to the JFK assassination

Joe Biden postpones declassifying secret archives related to the JFK assassination

Since the agencies have proposed to postpone the declassification of all information in the archive, I certify that it will continue until December 15, 2022Nearly 60 years after the assassination, President Joe Biden wrote in a statement.

In 2017, under President Donald Trump, the National Archives of the United States were declassified three times series of files.

Fragment of the National Archives webpage showing a list of documents released in October 2017 in Washington relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Photo: Associated Press/John Elswick

In its statement, the White House clarified that archivists have been delayed in reviewing records due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need time.

This postponement is necessary In order to prevent any attack on military security and intelligence operations, maintain public order and conduct foreign relationsPresident Biden stressed.

He explained that all these considerations appear to be so More important than the public interest to see immediate declassification.

JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy in the presidential car

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy on November 22, 1963

Photo: Reuters

assassination committee JFK, known as Warren Commission Named after its chief, Earl Warren, then-chief of the United States Supreme Court, who concluded in 1964 that Lee Harvey Oswald, a former naval commando who lived in the Soviet Union, acted alone in the assassination of President Kennedy.

Upon publication, however, the report’s findings sparked controversy, with the commission’s work being criticized in later studies. A congressional committee later concluded JFK He was He may have been killed as a result of a conspiracy.