Sunday marks the 57th anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy and nearly six decades later, fascination still abounds for the details of one of the landmark events of the 20th century

The 35th US President was shot dead by Lee Harvey Oswald shortly after noon on Friday November 22, 1963 as he was riding in a presidential motorcade at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas

Images of him in the car with his wife Jaqueline and Texas Governor John Connally and his wife have gone down in history as one of the iconic images of the era

Most of the documents relating to the murder were made public under the 1992 John F Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act, which required that all material be made public 25 years later, no later than October 26, 2017

However, President Donald Trump gave in to concerns from US national security and intelligence agencies He allowed the National Archives to release a small percentage of the total – around 3,000 documents A much larger batch was withheld at the CIA request as more time was needed to review documents

In a presidential memo, Trump said the move was intended to “protect against identifiable attacks on national security, law enforcement or foreign affairs<< According to the National Archives, approximately 15,834 files still contain redactions and 520 remain unpublished in full

In April 2018, he said a decision regarding the material was to be reconsidered by October 26, 2021 “to determine whether continued withholding of disclosure was necessary.” This means their fate will fall within the purview of the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden

“There is optimism that the Biden administration will finally comply with the JFK Records Act to bypass the expected obstructionism of US intelligence agencies and fully release all documents,” said Russ Baker, journalist and expert Kennedy who is the founder of the WhoWhatWhyorg news site

“He just needs to do nothing By law, all documents must be made public in their entirety, without redactions, by October 26, 2021,” Baker told Newsweek

He said that while much is known about the assassination and the unpublished bundle of documents was not the only source of information about the historic event, it was important that they come out

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“Given the ability of those who control them to determine what comes out, they are not the ultimate word,” he said, adding: “in the age of Trump and fake news, the importance of objective truth has become paramount

“We can clearly see the need for a more nuanced discussion of conspiracy theories, baseless ones and factual ones, and the role that journalism can play in this discussion,” he said. added

Jacob Hornberger, president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, said it was of “the utmost importance” that all documents relating to the Kennedy assassinations be disclosed

“The American people have the right to know all the facts and circumstances surrounding the assassination of JFK The idea that national security will be threatened by the disclosure of documents almost 60 years old is laughable,” he said he told Newsweek

However, he expects Biden “to defer to the wishes of the CIA and the rest of the national security establishment”

“If another secrecy extension is requested in October 2021, and I believe such an extension will be requested, Biden will grant the request,” he said Newsweek has contacted Biden’s transition team and the White House for comment

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