Kennedy died while riding a motorcycle in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
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.
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.”
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.
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.