President Donald Trump has said he plans to allow the release of classified government documents about the assassination of President John F Kennedy (JFK).
The deadline set in law by US Congress mandating the public release of the secret files has been set for 26 October.
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted.
The documents, which include FBI and CIA reports, may or may not confirm the revelations in a book published earlier this year. The book is a first-hand insider’s account of the CIA’s plots against Kennedy, Castro and Che Guevara.
A White House official told reporters: “The President believes that these documents should be made available in the interests of full transparency”.
The official said Trump could release them “unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise”.
The White House said in a statement that it was working “to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public”.
Trump himself is no stranger to the controversies and conspiracy theories that have long swirled around the assassination of the 35th president.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump made the unfounded claim that the father of GOP rival Sen. Ted Cruz was associated with Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, a claim he has never withdrawn nor apologised for.
Trump’s long-time political adviser Roger Stone, wrote a book about a wild claim involving the assassination. The claim says that President Lyndon B. Johnson, Kennedy’s vice president, was involved in Kennedy’s assassination.
Stone tweeted on 21 October that he urged Trump to release the classified documents.