[F]ederal judge John Tunheim called for complete release of the government’s JFK files later this year.
“It’s time to release them all,” said Tunheim, the former chair of an independent panel that declassified thousands of JFK records in the 1990s.
The National Archives retains a trove of more than 3,500 JFK assassination records, obtained by Tunheim’s review board, that have never been seen by the public. The records are historically significant.
The unseen CIA files include 2,000 pages of transcripts of the CIA’s harsh interrogation of KGB defector Yuri Nosenko, who handled Lee Harvey Oswald’s file for Soviet intelligence service. They also include CIA files of senior undercover officers in 1963 such as Bill Harvey, David Phillips and Howard Hunt. All three believed Kennedy’s policies were dangerously weak, perhaps even treasonous. Harvey and Phillips are known to have mounted assassination operations.
The JFK Records Act of 1992 mandates the release of all of these records by October 26, 2017.
In his Press Club comments, Tunheim, the senior federal judge in Minnesota, noted that President Trump and White House General Counsel Donald McGahn face important decisions about these records. The leadership of the CIA, including Trump-appointed director Mike Pompeo, may prefer that some of this material remain secret.
31 March 2017
JFK assassination records to be released ?
Twenty-five years have passed since the 1992 mandate: