Who shot JFK and why

US President Donald Trump surprisingly announces the release of further previously secret documents on the murder of John F. Kennedy. But the CIA protests.

Approval of further documents possible

by Friedemann Diederichs

Washington - What is in the latest, still secret, US government files about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? Since the attack in Dallas on November 22, 1963, speculation and conspiracy theories have grown up around the attack. Now, US President Donald Trump has surprisingly announced that he will make around 50,000 pages public. They are still under lock and key in the National Archives. Unless, at the last minute, convincing arguments are put before him that a release could cause massive damage to federal agencies or national security.

There is much to suggest that the CIA will continue to lobby against the planned move at the last minute. Because, according to experts, he has the most to lose when the files are available for evaluation. In any case, to this day there are suspicions that the CIA was informed of the explosive trips of the Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the embassies of the Soviet Union and from Cuba to Mexico City a few weeks before the murder. It is said that Oswald applied for a visa at the embassies in order to return to the Soviet Union - where he lived from 1959 to 1962. The CIA had monitored both agencies at the time.

To this day, the official version of the US government on the attack, which shocked the whole world at the time, is: Oswald murdered the president without any assistance in order to become famous. The assassin was shot after the attack by nightclub owner Jack Ruby, who claims to have acted out of patriotic duty, in the Dallas police station.

Yet numerous historians, criminologists, and amateur analysts still question the government's conclusions set out in the Warren Commission's report. According to surveys, two thirds of all US citizens do not believe in the thesis of the lone perpetrator.

The list of possible commissioners or confidants is long and ranges from renegade CIA officers to the FBI, sympathizers of Fidel Castro and members of the Mafia to Kennedy party friend Lyndon B. Johnson, the then Vice President who took over government after the death of the Democrat took over. The question of all questions is now: Will what is possibly newly made available to the public shed light on these sometimes wild theories?

Five million documents relating to Kennedy's death are in the US National Archives, and 88 percent of those documents have already been released. Another eleven percent were also published, but previously edited and sometimes blackened - which in turn led to speculation that the government was trying to hide something.

US media reported yesterday that CIA chief Mike Pompeo is vehemently campaigning for Trump to keep the last documents under lock and key. But a Twitter message from the president on Saturday showed that he seems determined to make his announcement come true: "Subject to further information being received, I as President will allow the long-blocked and secret JFK files to be opened," Trump wrote in Internet. That should now happen by Thursday, October 26th at the latest - unless the president gives priority to the objections of the CIA.