By Robert A. Vella

In a move that should surprise no one, President Trump backtracked on his previously expressed intent to allow full disclosure of the JFK assassination files.  Citing “national security” concerns, he apparently bowed to pressure from the U.S. intelligence community which obviously has something to hide.

However, two intriguing items stand out from initial reviews of the information which was released yesterday.

From:  JFK assassination files: Hoover said FBI must “convince the public” Oswald acted alone

In the chaotic aftermath of the assassination, followed two days later by the murder of Oswald while in police custody, FBI Director J, Edgar Hoover vented his frustration in a formerly secret report found in the files. It opened: “There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead.”

But, reflecting on Oswald less than an hour after he died, Hoover already sensed theories would form about a conspiracy broader than the lone assassin.

“The thing I am concerned about, and so is (deputy attorney general) Mr. Katzenbach, is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin,” he said.


A document from 1975 contains a partial deposition by Richard Helms, a deputy CIA director under Kennedy who later became CIA chief, to the Rockefeller Commission, which was studying unauthorized CIA activities in domestic affairs. Commission lawyers appeared to be probing for information on what foreign leaders might have been the subject of assassination attempts by or on behalf of the CIA.

A lawyer asks Helms: “Is there any information involved with the assassination of President Kennedy which in any way shows that Lee Harvey Oswald was in some way a CIA agent or agent” – here the document ends, short of his answer.

Further reading:

Strippers, surveillance and assassination plots: The wildest JFK Files

How you can view the JFK assassination documents

6 thoughts on “Trump backtracks, doesn’t release all JFK assassination files; but, some info is very intriguing

  1. I’m sure the CIA, FBI, Secret Service and anyone still connected with anyone who was involved with Jorge Mas Canosa would love to keep the public in the dark about the assassination. And probably a few powerful oil people in Dallas as well.

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