By Sumner Jacobs, The Chicago Times
December 16, 2022
WASHINGTON – The US National Archives released thousands of documents Thursday relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November of 1963. The documents were released on the order of the White House.
The document dump consists of just over 13,000 documents relating to the assassination and are not expected to yield any new insight into the assassination. Kennedy was shot once in the head and clean through the throat while traveling in an open top limousine through Dallas on November 22, 1963. According to the official record, Kennedy was assassinated by lone gunman and communist Lee Harvey Oswald.
According to the National Archives, the documents released on Thursday focus on Oswald’s movements and contacts that were being tracked by the Central Intelligence Agency. The trove of documents also show that the CIA opened a 201 file or “personality file” on Oswald in December of 1960 after his 1959 attempt to defect to the Communist led Soviet Union.
In 2017, President Donald Trump declassified documents relating to the assassination with instructions to have the remaining documents released on a rolling basis. According to the CIA, 95 percent of the documents in their archive associated with the assassination have been released.