Trump orders JFK files released to 'put any and all conspiracy theories to rest'

  • 29/10/2017

US President Donald Trump says he will release all documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy except those with the names and addresses of people who are still alive.

"After strict consultation with General Kelly, the CIA and other Agencies, I will be releasing ALL #JFKFiles other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living," Mr Trump wrote in a series of tweets, referring to his chief of staff John Kelly.

"I am doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest.

Mr Kennedy was shot dead on November 22, 1963, while in a motorcade passing through Dallas, Texas. The official line is that Lee Harvey Oswald, a lone gunman, shot him from a high window in the Texas School Book Depository.

Polls in the decades since have shown few Americans believe that's the whole story.

A few thousand documents were released on Saturday (NZ time), but many held back at the request of the CIA and FBI intelligence agencies.

A law passed in 1992 said they must be released this month, unless there were good reasons not to.

Reuters / Newshub.