The publication of nearly 3,000 previously classified files relating to the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963 reveals that the former US President is definitely dead.
You can read the newly released documents here.
The US government released 2,800 documents on Thursday, but President Donald Trump delayed the release of others, saying he had “no choice” because even though “there has never been a president better than [him]” and that the FBI and CIA “aren’t as clever as [him]” he had “no choice” but to keep the good stuff secret.
One of the first ‘interesting’ documents to be unearthed, as journalists, scholars and the public had a quick look to see if anything jumped out at them that screamed “CONSPIRACY”, was a memo written by FBI director J Edgar Hoover. He alluded to the fact that the FBI had warning of a potential death threat to Oswald, who was then in police custody.
“Last night we received a call in our Dallas office from a man talking in a calm voice and saying he was a member of a committee organized to kill Oswald” Hoover wrote in November 1963.
That can’t be a big surprise can it? Oswald had just shot the President. Surely every God fearing patriot that ever swore allegiance to the Star Spangled Banner would be gunning for him.
So, no news so far.
According to the National Archives, 88% of records related to Kennedy’s murder were already open to public scrutiny and another 11% released but partially redacted. In total, that makes for about 5m pages.
The newly released documents also reveal that Soviet Union leaders considered Oswald a “neurotic maniac who was disloyal to his own country and everything else”, according to an FBI memo documenting reactions in the USSR to the assassination.
The Soviet officials feared a conspiracy was behind the death of Kennedy, perhaps organised by a rightwing coup or JFK’s successor Lyndon Johnson and In 1963 however the Cuban ambassador to the US reacted with “happy delight” to the murder, according to a CIA memo.
Again, not news to anybody with a passing knowledge of the Cold War.
So, what can we glean from the newly opened files?
Well, so far it would appear that any information regarding the actual assassination of JFK is either hidden, has been destroyed or never existed in the first place.
President Trump’s much vaunted release has been more of a damp squib than a Big Bang. Could it be a distraction? A means of taking public attention away from the big story?
Only one thing is for certain, JFK is not on the moon, sitting in a Tiki Bar with Elvis and John Lennon.
OR IS HE?