UPDATE: Some of the files have been released, but not all of them.
National Archives releases some of the long-secret records about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. https://t.co/WLpROJA3Lt— The Associated Press (@AP) October 27, 2017
The JFK assassination files, which were due to be released today, Thursday, are going to be delayed due to issues relating to intelligence agencies and which files should still remain secret. Apparently, the memo that requested which things should be redacted was never delivered to President Donald Trump for him to sign.
NBC broke the news shortly before 4:00 p.m.
NBC NEWS: Release of JFK files may be delayed as intelligence agencies failed to inform President Trump which files should be kept secret— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 26, 2017
The National Archives needs the official approval of President Donald Trump to begin releasing the 35,000 documents online and meet a deadline to divulge the papers set by Congress 25 years ago by The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act.
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.
“There’s a mad scramble going on in the executive branch to get this done,” one official told NBC News.
The CIA is asking only for some redactions, not for all the documents to be held, the official said. But the other agencies involved in the process have not yet finished their submissions.
So only a handful of documents were expected to be released on Thursday, not the entire batch, officials told NBC News.
Needless to say, people are not thrilled with this new development. Namely, Julian Assange, who suggested that this is a plot to make Trump look bad.
The agencies have had literally 25 years to prepare for the scheduled release today. The delay is inexcusable. @realDonaldTrump— Julian Assange ?? (@JulianAssange) October 26, 2017
The wait continues...