After some last-minute delay Thursday, the U.S. government released thousands of previously classified files related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Thousands more, at the behest of intelligence agencies, are still being processed and are set to be made public in April.
Researchers and enthusiasts have been parsing through the blurry photos and scribbled notes since yesterday. Some of the biggest points of interest so far are that President Lyndon B. Johnson believed Kennedy was killed as payback for the assassination of the president of Vietnam, that the CIA had consulted a mafia member about potentially killing Castro and that the FBI got a death threat against Oswald the day before he was killed.
So what happened yesterday to delay the release of the documents? Is the delay technically legal under the Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992? And what are the biggest revelations from the documents released yesterday?
Jefferson Morley, editor of the JFKfacts, a blog about the Kennedy assassination; investigative reporter, formerly at The Washington Post, and author of “The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton” (St. Martin’s Press, 2017)