2,800 JFK Docs Have Just Been Declassified 54 Years After His Assassination

U.S. President Donald Trump has today overseen the release of nearly 2,900 previously classified documents relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the FBI’s operations in the years after.

Some information remains redacted, and Trump himself is reportedly miffed that hundreds documents originally slated for release were withheld by the nation’s security apparatus.

However, researchers, historians, and obsessive conspiracy theorists alike are still delving into the records, and journos are highlighting tidbits that have already sprung from the veritable treasure trove of once-hidden documents.

Among the more notable finds: a memo detailing an apparent conversation between assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and a Soviet KGB operative in the months before Kennedy’s assassination, in which Oswald spoke “broken Russian“. 

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However, later documents claim Soviet authorities worked to distance themselves from Oswald’s actions, perhaps out of fear of misguided American military retaliation. One source even said Soviet authorities called Oswald a “neurotic maniac”. 

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You better believe the FBI was concerned about conspiracies at home, too. In the hours after Jack Ruby shot Oswald dead, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover issued a memo saying “the thing I am concerned about, and so is [Deputy Attorney-General Nicholas Katzenbach], is having something issued so that we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin.”

The documents also detail American efforts to destabilise Cuba’s Communist government, and… The purported ties between Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedy family.
One memo details the release of a book on Attorney-General Robert F. Kennedy’s alleged relationship with Monroe, and the purported circumstances of her death. Even a random, $2.00 piece of work was obviously enough for the Feds to take notice.

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These docs have only been out in the sunlight for a matter of hours, so expect more findings to roll out in the days, weeks, and months to come. If you feel like having a snoop through ’em, you can do so HERE.