JFK assassination interest grows as Joe Biden pressured to release CIA files

He may not yet be President of the United States of America, but already Joe Biden is being pressured to release documents relating to the assassination of John F Kennedy.

The circumstances around the 1963 assassination of JFK still holds many secrets – almost 40 years after the tragic event.

President Kennedy was shot dead by former marine Lee Harvey Oswald as he was riding in a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, November 22, 1963.

Oswald was subsequently shot dead by a nightclub owner named Jack Rudy while in the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters two days after the murder of JFK.

Rudy later died of cancer while awaiting trial four years later – while the series of events has led to rampant conspiracy theories about the assassination.

Documents relating to the assassination were made public as part of the 1992 John F Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act.

While remaining documents were due to be released by October 26, 2017, this was delayed by President Donald Trump at the request of the CIA "to protect against identifiable harm to national security, law enforcement, or foreign affairs".

Newsweek reports that 15,834 of the files still contain redactions and 520 remain unreleased in full.

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There are now hopes 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's optimism that the Biden administration will finally comply with the JFK Records Act to override expected further obstructionism of U.S. intelligence agencies and fully release all documents.

"He actually just needs to do nothing at all. By law, all documents must be released in full, with no redactions, by October 26, 2021."

Jacob Hornberger, president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, has also urged for the documents to be released next year.

He said: "The American people have the right to know all the facts and circumstances surrounding the JFK assassination. The notion that national security will be threatened by the disclosure of records that are almost 60 years old is laughable."

However, he added: "If another extension for secrecy is sought in October 2021, and I believe that such an extension will be sought, Biden will grant the request."

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