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The US will “unfortunately” continue to delay the public release of records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and officials say the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame.

The move was announced in a memorandum signed by President Biden and released Friday by the White House.


“The temporarily ongoing adjournment is necessary to protect military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or foreign relations operations from identifiable harm that outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure,” Biden wrote.

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In 1992, Congress ruled that “all government records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy … must ultimately be disclosed to enable the public to be fully informed of the history surrounding the assassination.”

Waves from his car while on a motorbike in Dallas before John F. Kennedy was shot and killed.

According to Biden’s memo, the act allowed the government to postpone the release “to protect against an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or foreign relations operations.”

This year, the National Archives and Records Administration ruled that “unfortunately, the pandemic has had a significant impact on agencies,” and required NARA additional time to research the material and “maximize the amount of information released.” required, the memorandum said.

The most sensitive information will now be released in December 2022, and material that has already been deemed “suitable for release to the public” will be dumped on December 15 this year.

The Death of a President: Looking Back on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

The memo states that some 250,000 records have already been released, but the public can’t see them until they go to NARA’s College Park, Maryland headquarters.

Under the new order, all records will be digital.

Kennedy was killed on a motorcycle in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

FILE - In this November 22, 1963, file photo, seen through the foreground convertible windshield, the hand of President John F. Kennedy reaches toward his head within seconds of being fatally shot as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Elm Holds her forearm as she heads for a motorcycle along the street behind the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas.  It has been 55 years since the Trauma Emergency Room at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas became the center of the known universe.  Retired Tulsa surgeon Dr. Jerry Gustafson was among the small staff of doctors and others on duty in Parkland that day.  (AP Photo/James W. "ike" Altgens, file)

Former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for murder but was shot on live television two days later by nightclub owner Jack Ruby, who died in 1967.

The esoteric matter is giving rise to countless books, theories and debates.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post. was printed in