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Trump has Kennedy secret files - only partially - published

It is the material for new conspiracy theories: The US President bows down at last minute warnings from the secret services not to publish the files surrounding the murder of John F. Kennedy in full.

Contrary to what was planned, the secret files on the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy will not be published in full for the time being. On Friday night, US President Donald Trump bowed to security concerns from intelligence agencies who, according to government officials, had asked government officials not to publish some of the files and to edit them beforehand.

The US National Archives announced on Thursday that a total of 2,891 documents had been published by order of President Donald Trump. The documents that have now been released have been published unredacted on the website of the National Archives. Trump set a deadline of 180 days for the viewing and processing of the rest.

The papers surrounding the assassination attempt on Kennedy, around which conspiracy theories are still entwined, contain, among other things, handwritten notes, some of which are decades old, about the murder of the charismatic president, who was fatally shot while driving in an open car in Dallas on November 22, 1963 .

FBI warned of Oswald's assassination

There is also a transcript of a conversation by then FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover on November 24, 1963. In it, Hoover states that the FBI informed the police that Lee Harvey Oswald's life was in danger - the day before Oswald was killed.

An official investigation after Kennedy's death came to the conclusion that he was shot by the lone perpetrator Oswald, who in turn was killed two days later by the nightclub owner Jack Ruby. The version was repeatedly questioned by conspiracy theorists in front of all. Experts assume, however, that the documents that have now been released will neither lead to sensational revelations nor silence the conspiracy theories. FBI chief Hoover had already warned against conspiracy theories if Oswald did not make a confession.

Like many Americans, however, the Soviets were also convinced of a conspiracy, as a note from Hover describing the reaction of the USSR to the Kennedy assassination shows: The murder was a plan by anti-communist forces to stop the negotiations between the USA and the USSR to start a war. In addition, the Soviet Union feared that military personnel could single-handedly fire a missile at Russia in revenge, the documents say.

The Soviets did not take good care of the ex-soldier Oswald, who defected to the USSR. He was a "neurotic madman", "who was disloyal to his country and everything else"

Kennedy experts dampen expectations

Kennedy experts dampened the expectations attached to the publication of the secret files. Those who hoped the documents would provide "a resolution to the case that everyone can agree on" would be disappointed, author Gerald Posner told the AFP news agency. "Nobody gives up their belief in a conspiracy because the published files do not prove it," he said.

The documents, however, could possibly shed light on a special chapter in the life of Lee Harvey Oswald: his trip to Mexico City around seven weeks before Kennedy's murder, where Oswald allegedly met Cuban and Soviet agents. The CIA and FBI could block some documents from being released to hide their own mistakes, said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato. "They had every indication that Oswald was an eccentric and a sociopath," he said.

Trump: "I had no other choice"

Last week, Trump announced his intention to disclose more than 3,000 documents on the presidential murder, but at the same time restricted it, saying that this is "subject to further information being received".

On Thursday he said he had "no choice" but to accept that "certain information" should be further edited. Otherwise there is a risk of "irreversible damage" being done to national security. After the six-month deadline, however, all documents should be released unless the secret services could justify another closure, Trump affirmed.

The discussion about the background to the assassination attempt on Kennedy was sparked among other things by the film "JFK" by the US director Oliver Stone from 1991. A law the following year ordered the publication of nearly all of the five million or so documents relating to Kennedy's death. Only a fraction fell under a 25-year confidentiality period - this expired on October 26th.

(APA / dpa / Reuters / red.)