NBC NEWS: Release of JFK files may be delayed as intelligence agencies failed to inform President Trump which files should be kept secret
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 26, 2017
“Failed to inform”. The release has been mandated for twenty-five years, this batch of Repub fvckups have been squatting in the Oval Office for eleven months, and Liddle Lord Flapjaw himself has been ruminating about the “So interesting!” files all week. If that was actually intended as a diversion, once again, Trump’s proved that he’s really bad at the job he took on…
POTUS breaks pledge to release all of the JFK assassination records https://t.co/pzuRfIN7Ly
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 26, 2017
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 26, 2017
Per the Washington Post:
… The president allowed the immediate release of 2,800 records by the National Archives, following a last-minute scramble to meet a 25-year legal deadline. After lobbying by national security officials, the remaining documents will be reviewed during a 180-day period.
In a memo released by the White House, Trump said: “I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted. At the same time, executive departments and agencies have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns. I have no choice — today — but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our nation’s security.”
The records were put online at 7:30 p.m. The thousands of field reports, cables and interview summaries from dozens of FBI, CIA and congressional investigators reveal the minutiae of a chase for information that spanned decades and covered continents. Usually typed, stamped “Secret” and often annotated by hand, the files are a paper trail of detective grunt work, leads exhausted, dead-ends encountered, sources checked and rechecked.
Many of the files highlight the desperate search for Lee Harvey Oswald’s possible connections to communists, Cubans, or both in the months before he shot Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963…
Some of the material that assassination experts had been most eager to review was not included in the documents released Thursday. The missing records include a 338-page file on J. Walton Moore, the head of the CIA office in Dallas at the time of the killing, and an 18-page dossier on Gordon McClendon, a Dallas businessman who conferred with Ruby just before he shot Oswald. Several files on notorious anti-Castro Cuban exiles were apparently withheld, including those focusing on Luis Posada and Orlando Bosch, who had been accused of a 1976 airline bombing that killed 73 people…
None of those documents appeared to be in the batch released Thursday. Nor were there revelations on Watergate burglars E. Howard Hunt and James McCord, both of whom were longtime CIA operatives of interest to assassination theorists…
Trump had been lobbied to withhold some of the files by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, according to Trump confidant Roger Stone.
Stone, a political consultant who wrote a book alleging that Lyndon B. Johnson had Kennedy murdered, pushed Trump to release everything and hailed the president’s decision as a victory on Twitter.
But in an interview Wednesday, Stone said he worried that the intelligence community might still persuade his friend not to release all the papers, or that the files might be heavily redacted…
So I guess the theories that Stone might’ve gone radio silent temporarily because Mueller leaned on him are no longer operative. (Or else the old pervert just can’t resist flashing the cameras one last time.)
From the Boston Globe:
… Some of the documents contain intimate, high-level conversations. For instance, in one 1966 memorandum, marked “top secret,” that appeared to have been unreleased in full prior to Thursday night, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover summarized the reaction of Soviet officials to news of Kennedy’s death for the White House.
“They seemed convinced that the assassination was not the deed of one man, but that it arose out of a carefully planned campaign in which several people played a part,” the memo reads. “They felt that those elements interested in utilizing the assassination and playing on anticommunist sentiments in the United States would then utilize this act to stop negotiations with the Soviet Union, attack Cuba and thereafter spread the war.”
A 1964 cablegram found that the FBI had closely monitored Oswald during the period he visited Mexico City in the weeks before the assassination, considered a key period by historians looking into his background. Oswald was watched so closely that the details include where he sat on a bus, and who sat near him…
Heck, *I* could’ve blocked out that ‘Soviet officials’ response pretty closely, and in 1963, I’d just turned eight. Nothing I’ve seen dissuades my standing theory: The various alphabet agencies all had Oswald on their radar screens — possibly one or more of them even on their ‘occasional informant’ payroll — and their first priority after the assassination, truth and history be damned, was making sure that none of those other spy-boys could pin any blame on them. Trying to prise out Oswald’s motives makes as much sense as dissecting Stephen Paddock’s brain; the findings, if any, will be of interest only to future historians desperate for reseach topics. (Also, J. Edgar Hoover may be the most underrated monster of the 20th century, going back to his days running the Palmer Raids.)
Bold move of Trump to challenge the Deep State by, uh, doing exactly what they request and looking like an idiot in the process.
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) October 26, 2017
well, he needs to protect his good friend Ted Cruz from embarrassment re: his father https://t.co/7wlKcbcRV6
— laura olin (@lauraolin) October 26, 2017
It's always projection with Trump, so it stands to reason that Fred Trump was involved in the Kennedy assassination.
— Mon Stermash ?????? (@johnlkenney) October 26, 2017
— darth:™ (@darth) October 27, 2017
There is a lot about Jack Kennedy you don't want to know, and you will never find out.
— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) October 26, 2017