We may not know more about why President John F. Kennedy was killed but we now know the FBI chased down leads involving a stripper named "Kitty," the CIA plotted to kill Fidel Castro using some extraordinary means, and that J. Edgar Hoover warned the president's brother about a book on his alleged affair with Marilyn Monroe.
Late Thursday, the National Archives released more than 2,800 documents relating to the Kennedy assassination, a number that fell shy of President Donald Trump's promise to release all the documents. Currently there are roughly 300 more files yet to be released. The President said he had no choice in holding back those documents after interventions from the CIA and FBI citing national security concerns.
The agencies have six months to review the files. The president tweeted Friday morning that he wants to move carefully towards greater transparency:
JFK Files are being carefully released. In the end there will be great transparency. It is my hope to get just about everything to public!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2017
So what's in the files? A lot, but so far nothing yet that will confirm the many conspiracy theories that have been floating around the assassination for decades. Still, there's lots to look at with wonder.
In the wake of President Kennedy being shot, the FBI warned Dallas Police that someone might attempt to attack Oswald. A memo written on the day Oswald was shot reads that the Bureau had warned Dallas Police twice, once on the evening of November 23, 1963 and the following day:
"The following morning we called the Chief of Police again warning of the possibility of some effort against Oswald and he again assured us adequate protection would be given. However, this was not done."
Also discovered in the new release is that Oswald was in contact with the Russian, or Soviet, embassy in Mexico in the months leading up to the assassination, even speaking with a KGB officer, but so far nothing linking the USSR directly to the murder of President Kennedy.
Also just recently discovered is that in the documents released this past July, a British newspaper may have received a tip about the assassination minutes before it happened.
The memo from deputy CIA director James Angleton says the caller said that “the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news, and then hung up.”
The memo says Britain’s MI5 intelligence service calculated that the call came 25 minutes before Kennedy was shot.
Other records indicate that the FBI was searching for a stripper named "Kitty" associated with Jack Ruby but they were unable to find her:
Among the many documents released that don't seem directly tied to the Kennedy assassination are plans to kills Fidel Castro and other Cuban leaders. One memo deals with a plan by Cuban leaders in exile to assassinate Castro by putting a bounty of $100,000 on his head. Other plots involved using a poisoned skin diving suit that was to be given to Castro as a gift or an exploding sea shell placed in an area Castro was known to go diving.
It turns out the released papers also involve the sexcapades of the Kennedy brothers with one memo dealing with FBI officers looking into claims of sex parties involving then-Senator John F. Kennedy, his brother in law Peter Lawford, as well as Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. No evidence was found.
In another memo, J Edgar Hoover himself wrote to Robert Kennedy in 1964 warning him of a book about his alleged affair with Marilyn Monroe and unfounded claims that Kennedy was with her when she died.