The declassification of the new secret files for the assassination of former US President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963 will be postponed for a year, President Joe Biden announced yesterday.
“The services have proposed that the declassification of all information contained in the files be postponed. I confirm that this will be the case until December 15, 2022,” almost 60 years after the assassination, Biden wrote in a press release.
In 2017, under the presidency of Donald Trump, the US National Archives declassified a series of files three times.
The White House explained that the archivists were late in examining the files due to the Covid-19 pandemic and needed more time.
This postponement is necessary “in order to avoid compromising military security, intelligence operations, maintaining public order and conducting international relations,” Biden said.
He further added that these assessments “outweigh the general interest in a direct declassification”.
The commission for the assassination of JFK, known as “Commission Warren”, named after the president of Earl Warren, then president of the US Supreme Court, had concluded in 1964 that Lee Harvey Oswald, a former Navy commando who had lived in the Soviet Union, had acted alone in the assassination of President Kennedy.
However, since their publication, the conclusions of this report have caused controversy, with the work of the committee being criticized in subsequent studies. A congressional committee later concluded that JFK had “probably been assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.”