The 1992 Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act required that the millions of pages related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy be published in 25 years — by Oct. 26, 2017. On Thursday, President Trump delayed the release of thousands of these documents, bowing to national security concerns.

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Trump approved the release of 2,800 records, including FBI, CIA and other agency documents (both formerly withheld in part and formerly withheld in full).

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The relevant documents, in detail

Details of CIA plots to kill Castro, Trujillo
This 82-page memo, released in 1975, details the Central Intelligence Agency's attempts to kill Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and Dominican Republic President Rafael Trujillo.
Hoover says follow lead on Ruby
A tip indicates that says Jack Ruby, Officer J.D. Tippit and another person met at Ruby's before the assassination.
Woman reported attending party with Oswald in Mexico City September 1963
A memo written in 1969 because the CIA was still disturbed by Oswald's presence in Mexico City. Page 2 of the memo is missing.
Alleged plot to bribe a U.S. congressman
An internal FBI memo dated Jan. 22, 1960, discusses an alleged plot to bribe a U.S. congressman and bring deposed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista to the United States. The memo, citing information provided by a Miami arms dealer, says that in exchange for securing entry into the United States for Batista, $150,000 would be split between U.S. Rep. Abraham Multer (D-N.Y.), a Miami Beach attorney, and two Batista "adherents" in Miami. According to the memo, the FBI took the alleged plot seriously enough to investigate, but Batista himself "turned down the proposition."
Cable showing the FBI was following Oswald in August
This 1963 FBI document shows the agency was tracking Lee Harvey Oswald.
Looks at whether Oswald was an FBI informant
The FBI seemed to closely monitor testimony that the Warren Commission was receiving in early 1964. In one internal memo, in response to testimony that Oswald may have been an FBI informant, an FBI agent staunchly denies that Oswald was ever an informant, lays out the process and tracking of informants.
Finding a stripper named Kitty, said to be an associate of Jack Ruby
An FBI file contains information on the bureau's attempt to find a stripper named Kitty, "last name unknown." She was said to be an assocaite of Ruby's. Leon Cornman, a business agent with the American Guild of Variety Artists in New Orleans, La., told the FBI that the "only stripper he knew by the name of Kitty who worked in New Orleans was Kitty Raville." The report says "he advised (that) Raville committed suicide in New Orleans in August or September 1963."
Secret Service was looking into people it considered a potential threat to the president
In the nine months before Kennedy was killed, the Secret Service opened 413 investigative files on people they deemed a potential threat to the president and other senior officials, one investigative memo shows. The Secret Service opened cases based on referrals from the FBI, military, local police departments and other agencies but also based on individuals considered dangerous. That list overwhelmingly focused on Puerto Rican nationalists, who had been involved in an assassination attempt on President Truman in 1950, and black militants. The Secret Service said 42 of these were serious threats to the president. Among the most notable members on the smaller list were Thomas Vallee and Joseph Milteer. Vallee had a cache of weapons that was found in Chicago on the day of Kennedy's scheduled visit to the city. Kennedy's trip to Chicago was canceled at the last minute, and Vallee was arrested. Milteer was a Georgia organizer of white supremacists who was tape-recorded by an informant in early November, claiming he knew of plots in the works to kill the president with a high-powered rifle from a tall building.
Details on Mark Lane, a N.Y. lawyer who had asked to be Oswald's defense attorney
The document describes Warren Commission's desire for FBI "coverage" of Mark Lane, a New York attorney who asked the commission if he could serve as Oswald's defense lawyer in the investigation. The Commission refused, and Lane began speaking out against the assumption that Oswald was guilty. Lane went on to become one of the commission's most vociferous critics and author of "Rush to Judgment," a 1966 best-seller that denounced the commission's investigation.
Cuban involvement in the assassination of JFK was unlikely.
A long HSCA draft report on Cuban involvement in the assassination, as a result of CIA attempts to kill Fidel Castro, concludes that such involvement was unlikely. “The Committee does not believe Castro would have assassinated President Kennedy, because such an act, if discovered, would have afforded the United States the excuse to destroy Cuba,” the draft states. “The risk would not have been worth it.”
Relationship between a Mafia boss and top CIA official who was in charge of the assassination program
A 1976 investigator’s report detailed the friendly relations between Johnny Rosselli, a Mafia boss under investigation by the FBI. And Bill Harvey, a top CIA official who was in charge of the CIA’s assassination program in the early 1960s. When the Bureau attempted to recruit Rosselli as an informant in the late 1960s Rosselli’s response, said FBI agent Wayne Hill, was to contact Harvey, who had retired. “Harvey approached Sam Papich, the FBI liaison, to discover what information the Bureau possessed and their prosecutorial intentions,” the report said.
How a U.S. mercenary planned to start a war between U.S. and Cuba
One document describes how Roy Hargraves, an American mercenary, apparently planned to spark a war between the U.S. and Cuba by persuading defecting Cuban military personnel to fire at Guantanamo Bay, forcing the U.S. to take over Cuba by force.
Memo marked "secret" from J. Edgar Hoover
A J. Edgar Hoover memo begins, "There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead."

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Devlin Barrett, Carol D. Leonnig, Greg Miller, Michael E. Miller, Tom Jackman, Michael S. Rosenwald, Michael E. Ruane, Ian Shapira and Rachel Weiner contributed to this report. Design and development by John Muyskens and Samuel Granados.


Source: The National Archives and Records Administration Originally published Oct. 27, 2017.

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