A day after releasing more than 2,800 secret files relating to the assassination of former US President John F Kennedy, President Donald Trump has said that he will release all files to end all ‘conspiracy theories’. Earlier the US government had held back a few “sensitive” records to protect military and intelligence operations.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2017
Trump said that he decided to release all files after strict consultation with his Chief of Staff, General John Kelly, the CIA and other agencies. Only those files will not be released which bear the names and addresses of any mentioned person still living.
“I am doing this for reason of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest,” he added.
He also ordered a 180-day review of all files.
“This temporary withholding from full public disclosure is necessary to protect against harm to the military defence, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure,” Trump said in a memo.
Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed and said that there is need to expedite the process.
“We are working this weekend. We are going to be working every way possible to expedite the production of these documents as completely as possible and they will be virtually, completely revealed from the FBI files,” he told Fox News in an interview.
(With inputs from agencies)