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What the New JFK Papers Will Reveal About Excessive Secrecy

How many of the documents being released a half century after his assassination could’ve been made public a decade or two ago without harming the public?
Source: Reuters

On Thursday, the United States government is scheduled to release as many as 100,000 pages of heretofore secret documents pertaining to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

“The documents have either never been disclosed or been made public only in redacted form, stoked interest,” . “The last of the documents were required to be released 25 years after the law was signed, but the incumbent president, in this case Mr. Trump, can order some withheld in response to concerns by the intelligence agencies. White House officials said he had not made up his mind whether to do so.”

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