‘Excessive secrecy’ surrounding JFK assassination documents slammed after Lee Harvey Oswald’s bombshell in latest release
AN EXPERT on history and John F. Kennedy discussed the National Archives documents released last week, highlighting the importance of government transparency.
In an exclusive interview with The US Sun, Mary Ferrell Foundation President Rex Bradford discussed the release of new JFK files and why people should still care about these things.
Speaking about his role at the foundation, Bradford explained that the group seeks to increase understanding of historical violent events such as the assassination of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr.
“Our mission is to increase understanding of the facts and historical context of the assassination of John Kennedy, his brother Robert and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.,” he said.
“In each case, the stories of alleged unmotivated lone perpetrators do not square with the known facts, and we are providing documents and other resources to assist those seeking better explanations.”
Speaking about the released documents, Bradford highlighted a number of files that question whether Lee Harvey Oswald was solely involved in the JKF murder.
“We are keeping an eye on certain files, including ones that point to a CIA operation involving Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans in the summer of 1963,” he said.
Last week, the National Archives released various classified documents, including the CIA’s personality profiles on Lee Harvey Oswald.
“This significant disclosure reflects my administration’s commitment to transparency and will provide the American public with greater insight and understanding of the government’s investigation into this tragic event in American history,” President Biden said after the documents were released.
Biden said the National Archives and other agencies have until May 2023 to review the remaining files.
Thereafter, according to the White House, “any information withheld from public discourse that is not recommended by the authorities for further postponement” will be released before June 30, 2023.
Some of the most debated files that have been released included details of Oswald’s trip to Mexico just before he killed JFK.
Oswald was a Marxist and had traveled there to try and get a visa to flee to Cuba.
He had also contacted various Soviet and Cuban spies, including a KGB assassination specialist.
Despite the speculation, the released files contained no information that could stoke the flames of the conspiracy.
Bradford shared the importance for Americans of being informed about the truth and taking an interest in these historical documents that have helped shape our culture.
“The successive murders of a generation’s political leaders in the 1960s changed the course of U.S. history, and understanding of what happened remains for many who lived to see it and others who grew up in the aftermath , deeply concerned,” he said.
He also spoke about government secrecy and how his story has impacted our lives to this day.
“Also, over-secrecy is an ongoing problem — in the 1990s, US intelligence destroyed files on the assassination of JFK rather than declassifying them, and then just this year we learned that intelligence destroyed text messages dated Jan. 6, requested by Congress,” he said.
“Government transparency needs advocates at all times.”
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