The federal government has released some 2,800 documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A team at the Dallas Morning News has been poring over the much-anticipated trove since their release, late Thursday.
Enterprise reporter David Tarrant, who leads the team, says the task of digging through the files kept reporters up late.
“It’s fun. It’s a little bit like somebody is playing 52 card pickup with official government documents,” Tarrant says.
Highlights uncovered so far include:
–Memos from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, wondering why Dallas police didn’t give Oswald more protection on the day he was killed.
–A CIA agent reported a conversation in which Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev speculated about whether Dallas police could have been involved in Kennedy’s murder. The Russian leader surmised that the American right-wing was behind the conspiracy, with the cooperation of the local police.
Reporters are still looking for information about Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald’s trip to Mexico City a month before Kennedy’s death. Tarrant says those details may be included in documents the Trump administration held back from yesterday’s release.
Written by Shelly Brisbin.