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  •   Yeltsin Gives Clinton JFK File

    The Associated Press
    Sunday, June 20, 1999; 12:14 p.m. EDT

    COLOGNE, Germany -- Russian President Boris Yeltsin came to Sunday's meeting with President Clinton bearing one gift -- a report on declassified Russian information relating to the assassination of President John Kennedy.

    Sandy Berger, Clinton's national security adviser, termed the report a ``very interesting gift.'' But he refused to speculate on whether it contained any new information on the Kennedy assassination, saying it was in Russian and U.S. officials had not reviewed it.

    The documents will ``be reviewed carefully and all interesting elements will be made public,'' Berger told reporters traveling with Clinton to the economic summit in Cologne.

    Berger said the document was the result of Yeltsin's order several years ago for various Russian agencies to review all of their material related to Kennedy, covering military, civilian and private archives.

    In 1991, Russia's intelligence agency declassified its files on Lee Harvey Oswald, the man the Warren Commission report identified as the gunman who killed Kennedy as he was riding in a motorcade in Dallas in 1963.

    In 1992, the files were shipped to Minsk, the Belarusian capital, so that Belarusian officials could review them. Oswald lived in Minsk in the early 1960s.

    The Izvestia newspaper reported in 1992 that the reformist Russian intelligence chief Vadim Bakatin wanted to release the files but was blocked by veteran spies who feared disclosure of their names and tactics.

    © 1999 The Associated Press

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