FBI: All JFK Files OK for Release, With a Small Catch

There will be some redactions to protect certain individuals who may be at risk, bureau says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 31, 2017 7:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – The FBI said Monday that all of its previously withheld files on the John F. Kennedy assassination have been authorized for release, with limited redactions to protect the identities of individuals who helped investigators probing his death. By law, all government documents related to the assassination were to be released on Thursday—but just before the release, President Trump said he had "no choice" but to agree to requests from the CIA, FBI, and other agencies to continue withholding some documents to protect national security and individual identities.

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Later that night, the National Archives did put a hefty cache online. It plans to release all remaining records in the coming weeks, the AP reports. "The limited redactions relate to individuals who provided information during the course of the investigation, and whose lives may be at risk if they are publicly identified," an FBI spokeswoman says. "Every effort is being made to lift the remaining redactions going forward as those personal safety concerns are balanced with the goal of maximum transparency."

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