National Archives Releases 10,000+ More JFK Files


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The National Archives and Records Administration has just released 10,744 new JFK assassination files from the FBI.

From a NARA press release:

All of the documents released today are from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Of the documents released today, 8,336 documents are released in their entirety and 2,408 are released with limited redactions. Also, this is the first release for 144 of the documents. Released records are available for download.

The versions released today were processed by the FBI and, in accordance with the President’s guidance, are being posted expeditiously in order to make the documents available to the public, even before the March deadline established by the President on Oct. 26, 2017.  Any information that has been redacted from the records in this public release remains subject to further review by the FBI and the National Archives in accordance with the President’s direction.

The National Archives released 13,213 documents on Nov. 9, 676 documents on Nov. 3, 2,891 documents on Oct. 26, and 3,810 records on July 24.

By the March deadline, the 2,408 with limited redactions may be released again but with even fewer redactions.  

NARA also previously said that the documents released on November 3 and 9 had not yet been re-reviewed by either the agencies (mostly CIA) or NARA.

WhoWhatWhy is continuing to comb through these vast troves of documents with a team of document reviewers and JFK assassination experts. Stay tuned as we bring you more news and analysis.


Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from JFK (National Archives), National Archives building (National Archives) and National Archives Logo (National Archives / Wikimedia).

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