The United States will “unfortunately” continue to delay the release of documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and officials say the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame.
The move was announced in a note signed by President Biden and released by the White House on Friday.
“Continued temporary postponement is necessary to protect against identifiable damage to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity as to prevail. on the public interest of immediate disclosure, ”Biden wrote.
In 1992, Congress ruled that “all government records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy … should ultimately be disclosed to allow the public to be fully informed of the history surrounding the assassination.”
The law allowed the government to delay release to “protect against identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or the conduct of foreign relations,” according to Biden’s note.
This year, the National Archives and Records Administration ruled that “unfortunately the pandemic has had a significant impact on agencies”, and NARA needed more time to research the material and “maximize the amount of information released” , according to the note.
The most sensitive information will now be released in December 2022, and material that has already been deemed “appropriate to be made public” will be cleared on December 15 of this year.
DEATH OF A PRESIDENT: LOOKING BACK ON THE KILLING OF JOHN F. KENNEDY
Some 250,000 recordings have already been released, but the public cannot view them unless they visit NARA’s College Park at Maryland headquarters, according to the memo.
Under the new decree, all files would be digitized.
Kennedy was killed while riding a motorcade in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
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Former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the murder but was shot two days later on live television by nightclub owner Jack Ruby, who died in 1967.
The enigmatic affair continues to spawn countless books, theories and debates.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post