He may not yet be president of the United States of America, but Joe Biden is already under pressure to release documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The circumstances surrounding the 1963 assassination of JFK still hold many secrets – almost 40 years after the tragic event.
President Kennedy was shot dead by former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald while driving in a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on Friday, November 22, 1963.
Oswald was then shot by a nightclub owner named Jack Rudy while in the basement of the Dallas Police Department two days after JFK’s murder.
Rudy later died of cancer while awaiting trial four years later – as the chain of events sparked rampant conspiracy theories about the murder.
Documents related to the assassination were made public as part of the John F Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.
Although the remaining documents were due to be released on October 26, 2017, at the request of the CIA, this was delayed by President Donald Trump “to protect against identifiable damage to national security, law enforcement, or foreign affairs.”
Newsweek reports that 15,834 of the files still contain editorials and 520 have not been fully released.
There is now hope that President-elect Biden will release the files.
Biden – who will take office in January 2021 – will be in power when the CIA extension expires on October 26, 2021.
Russ Baker, a journalist, Kennedy and founder of the news website WhoWhatWhy.org told the Newsweek: “There is optimism that the Biden administration will finally comply with the JFK Records Act to lift the expected further obstruction from US intelligence and complete all documents. to release.
“He doesn’t really have to do anything. By law, all documents must be released in full by October 26, 2021, without editing.”
Jacob Hornberger, president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, has also pushed for the documents to be released next year.
He said, “The American people have a right to know all the facts and circumstances surrounding the JFK assassination. The idea that national security is threatened by the disclosure of documents dating back nearly 60 years is laughable.”
However, he added, “If a new extension of secrecy is requested in October 2021, and I believe such an extension will be requested, Biden will grant the request.”