520 Secret JFK Files to Remain Fully Sealed

Trump issues a new October 2021 deadline
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2018 1:54 PM CDT
Some Secret JFK Files May Be Hidden Through 2021
In this Nov. 25, 1963 file photo members of the Kennedy family attend JFK's burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., including JFK's mother, Rose Kennedy, center left with veil; his brother Robert F. Kennedy, center right; and Jacqueline Kennedy, far right.   (AP Photo, File)

The can has been kicked a little farther down the road. When President Trump in October approved the release of previously classified or redacted documents on the JFK assassination, he blocked the release of others over national security concerns and gave federal agencies 180 days to re-review the withheld documents. The review in some cases turned up "identifiable national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns," per a memo written by Trump, who on Thursday said some files would now be kept under wraps until Oct. 26, 2021.

He wrote that some files are "of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure," per the AP, but he ordered that they be reviewed over the next three years, and that any that can be released be made public immediately. The Dallas Morning News reports roughly 19,000 documents were released Thursday by the National Archives—the largest batch thus far, notes the Hill; 520 remain fully sealed. In his memo, Trump included a hopeful note for the curious: "The need for continued protection can only grow weaker with the passage of time from this congressional finding." (Some were hoping files would be released this week that would shed light on a 1971 suicide.)

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