Attorney Suing JFK Assassination Files Awaits Release (VIDEO)

What really happened in Dallas, Texas the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated? Many believe the answers lie in a treasure trove of records kept secret by the CIA and other agencies.

New York City Attorney Larry Schnapf filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden and the National Archives in October. He demands the release of all secret information, about 16,000 documents.

“We are learning from sources within the national archives that there will be a significant release, but the CIA is still requesting that records be moved. So we’ll find out on Thursday how many records will be released,” Schnapf said. “I don’t think anyone thinks there’s going to be a smashing weapon that gets released. That will answer the question of who killed the President. they would not have put anything in writing.”

SASHA INGBER OF NEWSY: There are many conspiracy theories surrounding this secrecy. Do you think that’s justified?

LARRY SCHNAPF: I think the failure to release the records contributed to a lot of the conspiracy theories. But we believe the CIA is at least hiding evidence that it had an operational interest in Lee Harvey Oswald—the alleged presidential assassin—before the assassination. At least they were aware of him. And if he was indeed the suspected assassin, they might have been able to stop him.

New documents related to JFK's assassination could be released

New documents related to JFK’s assassination could be released

Will we finally find out what really happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963?


He is particularly interested in the Joannides files. They concern a deceased CIA officer who allegedly oversaw the training of a group of anti-Castro Cubans before the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, when Kennedy insisted that the CIA change plans to cover up US involvement.

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“There’s a possibility that the CIA in particular had an interest in Oswald and that the reason they withheld records is that they would be embarrassed if that information came out,” Schnapf said.

The chair of the now-defunct Assassination Records Review Board last week also called for the documents to be released to restore confidence in the government, writing, “Mr. President, it’s long past time we cleaned up.” He said most in Government informants named in the documents are believed to be dead. And above all, he wants the release of a KGB file on Oswald.

Sasha Ingber is the National Security Correspondent for Newsy’s Washington, DC office. Before joining Newsy, she was a breaking news reporter for NPR, covering major national and international events including the Trump administration’s denuclearization talks with North Korea, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the Hong Kong protests. Sasha is a regular author of articles and videos for National Geographic and is Associate Editor of a Smithsonian culture and travel magazine. As a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee, her work has also appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, The Atlantic, ESPN, and other publications. In 2016 she co-founded Music in Exile [], a multimedia nonprofit that documents the music and stories of refugees. Her travels to Iraq and Bangladesh have resulted in collaborations with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as media appearances on major radio shows and moderating panel discussions for the Kennedy Center. Before embarking on a career as a journalist, she worked at the US State Department monitoring and debunking Russian disinformation. She has a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in radio, film and television from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Follow Sasha on Twitter @SashaIngber. @SashaIngber?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5EAuthor

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