JFK killing files that suggest CIA ‘could’ve stopped Lee Harvey Oswald’ unsealed

A tranche of almost 11,00 previously classified documents on the assassination of John F. Kennedy has been released by the US Government to showcase the Biden Administration's "transparency".

In 1992 the US Congress declared that “all Government records concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . . . should be eventually disclosed to enable the public to become fully informed about the history surrounding the assassination.”

And exactly a year after almost 1,500 files were released, US President Joe Biden ordered the National Archives to make around 11,000 more top secret files public.

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"This significant disclosure reflects my Administration's commitment to transparency and will provide the American public with greater insight and understanding of the Government's investigation into this tragic event in American history," Biden said on Thursday.

A statement added that "the need to protect records concerning the assassination has weakened with the passage of time."

The US will disclose all information in records concerning the assassination, "except when the strongest possible reasons counsel otherwise."

The files offer a look into the personality profile kept by the CIA on Kennedy's killer, 24-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald.

They show how Oswald had tried to obtain a visa to defect to the US' main enemy at the time, Cuba. He also made contact with Soviet and Cuban spies – including a KGB assassination specialist – during the trip which was just weeks before he pulled the trigger.

According to POLITICO, the CIA office in Mexico City mishandled evidence that could have stopped the assassination by the former marine.

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Oswald, a self-proclaimed Marxist, had visited in September 1963 and the CIA mounted an "aggressive surveillance" operation on him, before being slow to pass information onto the Secret Service and other agencies in Washington "that could have saved Kennedy’s life."

Officials told POLITICO there are no "obvious bombshells" in the material.

Kennedy was sitting in the backseat of a convertible with First Lady Jackie Kennedy when he was shot in the neck at 12.30pm on November 22, 1963.

Oswald was arrested for the assassination with police believing he shot from a nearby book depository where he was employed.

The alleged killer was gunned down by Texas nightclub owner Jack Ruby while being transferred to the county jail, two days after the assassination.

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