UPDATE: POTUS Trump Explains Why the Release of JFK Assassination Files Was Delayed
As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, the U.S. Government delayed the release of the long awaited ‘JFK Assassination’ files as CIA officials have yet to identify which documents President Trump must sign off on for release.
Thursday evening, CBS News reports intelligence agents will release 2800 documents and the rest in 180 days from today. Moments ago, President Trump issued a statement on the delay.
NBC News reports:
The U.S. government was in danger Thursday of missing the deadline to release a trove of previously classified records from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, adding an unexpected twist to a saga already rife with rumors and conspiracies.
But as of Thursday afternoon, the memo specifying which material the CIA, State Department and other agencies still want to keep under wraps had not made it to Trump’s desk, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.[…]So only a handful of documents were expected to be released on Thursday, not the entire batch, officials told NBC News.
WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange believes the delay is an effort to make President Trump appear “weak.”
“US intelligence agencies seem to be determined to make Trump look weak by delaying JFK files after he promised their release today,” Assange tweeted.
Tweet source: Julian Assange
US intelligence agencies seem to be determined to make Trump look weak by delaying JFK files after he promised their release today https://t.co/mzZWC5amFd
— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) October 26, 2017
On October 21st, President Trump tweeted he will order the release of the files.
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” tweeted President Trump.
Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017
2800 ‘JFK Assassination’ files will be released Thursday night. However, redacted files will not see the light of day just yet. According to reports, the remaining files are set for release in 180 days.
“2,800 #JFKFiles to be released tonight, WH official says; any redacted records won’t be released at this time,” tweeted CBS News.
Tweet source: CBS News
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 26, 2017
President Trump issued a statement Thursday night, citing “national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns,” for the delay. Intelligence agencies will be reviewing the redacted files for release in the next 180 days.
“WH statement on JFK docs: “Remaining records will be released with agency-proposed redactions on a rolling basis in the coming weeks,” tweeted ABC News.
Tweet source: ABC News
NEW: WH statement on JFK docs: "Remaining records will be released with agency-proposed redactions on a rolling basis in the coming weeks" pic.twitter.com/aKjZVEAclU
— ABC News (@ABC) October 26, 2017
The statement via CBS News reads:
President Trump said Thursday evening that the public “deserves” to know as much as possible about the assassination, “executive departments and agencies (agencies) have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns. I have no choice –today — but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our Nation’s security.”
“To further address these concerns, I am also ordering agencies to re-review each and every one of those redactions over the next 180 days,” the statement adds.
No doubt the delay will cause a firestorm among those closely monitoring the release.