US govt releases new group of JFK assassination documents

The US government released a new group of records related to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy (JFK).

The National Archives posted more than 13,000 documents containing newly released information subject to legislation passed by Congress in 1992, Xinhua news agency reported.

With Thursday’s release, over 97 per cent of documents in the JFK Assassination Records Collection are available, according to the federal agency.

US President Joe Biden said in a memo on Thursday that all information in records concerning the assassination should be disclosed “except when the strongest possible reasons counsel otherwise.”

“The profound national tragedy of President Kennedy’s assassination continues to resonate in American history and in the memories of so many Americans who were alive on that terrible day,” the memo read.

The Biden administration postponed the release of the trove of documents last year, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kennedy, the 35th president of the US, was assassinated on November 22, 1963, while traveling in an open-top convertible through downtown Dallas, Texas.

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