“I want to splinter the C.I.A. in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”
In 1992 – the year after Oliver Stone’s JFK prompted fresh interest in the roles of US Intelligence Agencies in the case – the US Congress ordered the files to be released from the National Archives no later than 25 years from the date of the law’s enactment. That deadline comes on Thursday October 26 2017. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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The files are scheduled to be opened by the US National Archives on October 26 2017, but the US President is entitled to extend their classified status.
In May 2016, Trump claimed that the father of a rival Republican, Ted Cruz, was seen with Oswald shortly before Kennedy’s death.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted :
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.”
According to a Washington Post report, experts do not think the last batch of Kennedy assassination papers contains any bombshells.
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About the quote — The first attribution of this quote to President Kennedy comes from a story in the April 25, 1966 edition of the New York Times. Notably, this was almost three years after Kennedy’s death:
Former President Truman, whose Administration established the C.I.A. in 1947, said in 1963 that by then he saw “something about the way the C.I.A. has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic positions, and I feel that we need to correct it.”
And President Kennedy, as the enormity of the Bay of Pigs disaster came home to him, said to one of the highest officials of his Administration that he “wanted to splinter the C.I.A. in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”
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