Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (RFK Jr.) has expressed his disapproval of the Biden administration’s decision to delay the release of certain classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (JFK). The announcement was made quietly on the Friday afternoon before the July 4th weekend, a time when many Americans are preoccupied with holiday plans.
RFK Jr., who has been vocal about his suspicions regarding the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) involvement in his uncle’s assassination, took to Twitter to voice his concerns. He questioned the reasons behind the delay, asking, “The assassination was 60 years ago. What national security secrets could possibly be at risk? What are they hiding?”
He also criticized the timing of the announcement, suggesting that it was a strategic move to bury the news. Furthermore, he argued that the delay was a violation of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which required all government-held JFK assassination records to be released by October 2017.
The Biden administration, however, has stated that the delay is necessary to protect against identifiable harms to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, and the conduct of foreign relations. The president has also assured that future releases will be in line with a policy known as the Transparency Plan, established by the National Declassification Center (NDC).
RFK Jr., who is currently gaining traction in the 2024 Democratic nomination for president, has been increasingly outspoken about his belief that his uncle was murdered by the American government. He has pointed to the involvement of ex-CIA Director Allen Dulles in the Warren Commission, which was tasked with investigating JFK’s assassination, as a potential cover-up of the CIA’s involvement. The CIA has consistently denied any involvement in JFK’s death.