Friday, the National Archives released an additional 676 government documents related to the John F. Kennedy assassination. It’s the third public release this year and represents the first in a series of rolling document releases pursuant to President Trump’s order.
Last week, President Donald Trump ordered that all remaining records pertaining to the assassination of John F. Kennedy be released to the public. While a majority of the previously withheld documents were released, he also allowed agencies to review their proposed redactions and ordered that they only withhold information in situations regarding national security.
Friday’s release consisted primarily of 553 records from the CIA that had been previously withheld in their entirety. There also are records from the Justice and Defense departments, the House Select Committee on Assassinations and the National Archives.
A 1975 CIA memo included in Friday’s release states that a thorough search of agency records was conducted to determine whether Oswald had been used by or connected to the agency in “any conceivable way.” Additional documents claim that the idea of Oswald being connected to the CIA was “totally unfounded”. The memo also states that there was also no indication of any other U.S. agency using Oswald as a source or for recruitment.
Many of the newly released documents are related to Lee Harvey Oswald’s trip to Mexico City weeks before the assassination and illustrate how CIA officials scrambled, after the assassination, to gather information about Oswald and his activities in Mexico.
A secret CIA message sent two days after Kennedy’s assassination says an “important question” that remained unsolved was whether Oswald had been planning to travel right away.
Documents included in the release show CIA officials questioned whether Oswald had been trying to get visas from the Soviet and Cuban embassies in Mexico City in order to “make a quick escape after assassinating the president,” or “was then thinking only about a peaceful change of residence to the Soviet Union.”