CIA Director Mike Popmeo opposes scheduled data dump.
By Jacob Engels
Roger Stone and Gerald Posner, two New York Times bestselling authors whose views are polar opposites about who killed JFK, have joined together in urging Donald Trump to release all the remaining classified files on Kennedy’s assassination.
About 3,100 files are still sealed in the National Archives. Under the 1992 JFK Records Act, the Archives have until October 26th to decide which of those files to publicly disclose.
President Trump has the final authority to release the files or delay release for 25 years. President Barack Obama delayed the release of the CIA’s Bay of Pigs documents that were scheduled for release during his presidency.
Roger Stone, in his bestselling 2013 book The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, set forth the thesis that LBJ was the mastermind of plot that included the CIA, the Mob and Big Texas Oil to kill Kennedy.
Gerald Posner, in his 1993 bestselling finalist for the Pulitzer for History, Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, concluded that the Warren Commission findings are correct, and that Oswald acted alone in killing JFK.
While they might not agree on who killed Kennedy, Stone and Posner are longstanding advocates for the release of all the government files on the assassination.
“These files should have been released long ago,” says Posner. “The government does this all the time over classified documents and then holds on to them for decades, under the guise of ‘national security.
All the secrecy just feeds people’s suspicions that the government has something to hide, and adds fuel to conspiracy theories.” Posner is convinced the case will still be closed when the last document is made public.
Roger Stone called out CIA Director Mike Pompeo for trying to manipulate President Trump into delaying the scheduled release.
”I know CIA Director Pompeo is urging the President to delay release of these records for another 25 years , said Stone. “They must reflect badly on the CIA, even though virtually everyone involved is long dead ”
Stone believes the evidence supporting his theory of LBJ’s involvement is still hidden somewhere in government files.
Some of the classified documents include a CIA personality study of Oswald, top-secret testimony of former CIA officers to congressional committees, transcripts of interrogations with Soviet defector and Oswald handler Yuri Nosenko, letters about the case from J. Edgar Hoover and Jackie Kennedy, the CIA file on Jack Wasserman, the attorney for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello, and the operational file of E. Howard Hunt, career spy and Watergate burglar.
Both authors will spend the rest of October urging President Trump – who is empowered to make the final decision should the National Archives or CIA balk on releasing all the files – to opt for transparency.
Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, and Fox News to name a few. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.