Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information'

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President Donald Trump has said he doesn't plan to block the release of the government documents. Some files have been previously released, many containing redactions to safeguard sources and intelligence assets.

'The American public deserves to know the facts, or at least they deserve to know what the government has kept hidden from them for all these years, ' said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

Last week, Mr Stone told far-right conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones that he had personally urged the President to make the JFK files public.

Scholars and historians who have studied the assassination do not think the documents will lead to any bombshell discoveries, but the anticipated release still has them buzzing.

"There could be some jewels in there because our level of knowledge in the 1990s is maybe different from today", said Judge John Tunheim, who was chairman of the agency who determined the fate of public assassination records. His stated reason for going was to get visas that would allow him to enter Cuba and the Soviet Union, according to the Warren Commission, the investigative body established by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mr Trump has at times dabbled in other conspiracy theories: He once seemed to consider the possibility that Justice Antonin Scalia had been murdered and for years, he was the most vocal purveyor of the falsehood that former president Barack Obama was born outside the United States.

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"The president believes that these documents should be made available in the interests of full transparency unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise", the White House said in a statement Saturday.

'Yesterday I had the opportunity to make the case directly to the president of the United States by phone as to why I believe it is essential that he release the balance of the now redacted and classified JFK assassination documents, ' Stone said.

'Why? Because I believe they show that Oswald was trained, nurtured and put in place by the Central Intelligence Agency.

After Trump announced his decision, Stone tweeted: 'Yes! victory!'

"It sheds very bad light on the state".

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