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JFK files: How to read one of the most-anticipated release of documents in over half a century

A trove of 3,000 files is expected to be released by the National Archives 

Mythili Sampathkumar
New York
Friday 27 October 2017 17:08 BST
What are the JFK files?

The National Archives has released a highly anticipated trove of documents related to the 1963 assassination of late President John F Kennedy.

Like the July 2017 release of documents relating to the tragic event, these documents were posted at the agency's website.

To read the files, you can click here.

The majority of the records relating to the case - about 88 per cent - have been available to the public since the late 1990s.

It is expected that this latest release will contain more information about Mr Kennedy's killer Lee Harvey Oswald and his life in the months leading up to the assassination in Dallas, Texas including a trip he took to Mexico in September 1963.

It will contain at least 3,000 files, each of which could have hundreds of documents.

The National Archives will likely post them as zip files available for download. However, the pdf documents may not be searchable based on the previous release.

As to why the records are being released now, Roger Stone, longtime friend of and political consultant to President Donald Trump said he urged him to do it.

Mr Stone has said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo lobbied hard for the files to remain classified.

The files were scheduled to be released 26 October unless Mr Trump decided against it.

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