2,891 documents on JFK assassination released

National Archives releases 2,800 records on JFK assassination, but the rest will remain secret for the time being.

Arutz Sheva Staff, | updated: 03:26

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy moments before the assassination
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy moments before the assassination

The National Archives and Records Administration on Thursday night released 2,891 documents on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on its website.

At the same time, U.S. President Donald Trump said some of the documents would remain secret for the time being, following last-minute recommendations of his national security agencies that some of those records be redacted.

In a memo to heads of intelligence, Trump said "the American public expects and deserves its government to produce as much access as possible to the John F. Kennedy assassination records."

"I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted" on the records, the memo said.

"I have no choice -- today -- but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our nation's security," the president wrote in the memo, in reference to the documents which remained confidential.

Trump said he is ordering agencies to review “each and every one of those redactions” over the next 180 days.

“At the end of that period, I will order the public disclosure of any information that the agencies cannot demonstrate meets the statutory standard for continued postponement of disclosure,” he wrote.

The CIA, meanwhile, said on Thursday night that more than 69,000 of the more than 87,000 CIA records pertaining to the assassination of . Kennedy have already been released in full.

The agency added that none of the 18,000 remaining records will be withheld in full and that the redacted — or blacked out — parts of these remaining records represent less than 1 per cent of the total CIA information in the assassination-related documents.

The CIA explained the redactions were made to protect information that, if released, would harm national security. The redactions hide the names of CIA assets and former and current CIA officers as well as specific intelligence methods and partnerships that remain viable to protect national security, it added.

On Saturday, Trump said that "subject to the receipt of further information," he will not block the release of classified government documents on the Kennedy assassination.

Trump teased the release of the documents in a tweet on Wednesday, but did not make clear whether he planned on allowing the full release.

Kennedy was shot by a sniper in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Most of the documents pertaining to the assassination have already been released. However, 30,000 were released with redactions, and an additional 3,000 were never released.

Officials said the sensitive information that will remain redacted for now relates to "intelligence and law enforcement" details.