It seems that CIA spooks got the President’s ear in the last minute, as the Donald delayed on Thursday the release of a cache of classified documents pertaining to JFK’s assassination, thus appearing to cave to pressure from the Deep State (FBI, CIA, just pick your favorite alphabet-soup agency).
However, President Trump approved the release of some 2800 records by the US National Archives immediately, following the expiration of a 25 year legal deadline, while the rest are to be reviewed during the next 6 months. Here’s from President Trump’s statement:
“I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted. At the same time, executive departments and 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. ”
It’s pretty clear that the lobbying pressure from US intel agencies was strong enough to convince President Trump to break his initial promise and to delay the release of the full cache of records, following his national security agencies last minute recommendations. Allegedly, the remaining undisclosed records whose release has been postponed for 180 days require additional screening/redacting.
Curiously enough, the spooks had all the time in the world to do that by now (to blur, redact or whatever), yet they are now asking for six more months to figure out what’s what with 25 year (or more) old documents. Strange, to say the least. “Oh dear, we were caught by surprise and we’re clueless of what redactions we need to make”
According to FBI/CIA officials speaking to CBS, agencies throughout US government are worried about documents created in the nineties (about JFK’s assassination in the sixties, mind you), which may reveal operations/sources from the near past, including current operations/people.