2. SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick Maney, Boston College Professor of History:
"My big surprise is that these have been classified all this time because most of the material - there are no, so far no real bombshells but a lot of it's kind of innocuous detail. There's the interesting detail, for example I was drawn to the parts about the CIA and Fidel Castro. We've known for a long time that the CIA was plotting to assassinate Castro. And futhermore, we've known that may actually have been a motive for Lee Harvey Oswald to kind of take retribution against the United States."
Dallas – 22 November 1963
3.Various of JFK in Dallas
Boston – 27 October 2017
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick Maney, Boston University Professor of History:
"So there's some more detail on that but not a whole lot more, I mean it doesn't alter the basic story. So everything I've seen so far is just, I'm surprised again that the government has suppressed it for this long time a time and all that does is to fuel conspiracy theories. I mean if you wonder why are there, why they have concealed it this long. What more are they not telling us?"
Dallas – November 1963
5. Still images of Lee Harvey Oswald
6. Various screen shots of released JFK documents
Boston – 27 October 2017
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick Maney, Boston College Professor of History:
"The vast majority of information that I've seen and documents that I've seen really doesn't alter the fundamental story or the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone assassin. Will the full release of all these documents put an end to doubts about the assassination. I don't think so. This is one of those things that even after everything is released there are going to be doubts because it's so hard for us to get our heads around the idea that somebody like Lee Harvey Oswald, a loner, kind of a loser, could have changed the course of history."
President Donald Trump has blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out Thursday night with a hefty cache of others.
The documents approved for release and made public late Thursday capture the frantic days after the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination, during which federal agents madly chased after tips, however thin, juggled rumors and sifted through leads worldwide.
They include cables, notes and reports stamped "Secret" that reveal the suspicions of the era — around Cubans and Communists.
They cast a wide net over varied activities of the Kennedy administration, such as its covert efforts to upend Fidel Castro's government in Cuba.
For historians, it's a chance to answer lingering questions, put some unfounded conspiracy theories to rest, perhaps give life to other theories.
Despite having months to prepare for disclosures that have been set on the calendar for 25 years, Trump's decision came down to a last-minute debate with intelligence agencies — a tussle the president then prolonged by calling for still more review.
The delay sparked a round of finger-pointing among agencies and complaints that Trump should have released all records.
In the meantime, experts like Boston College Professor Patrick Maney have begun poring through a mountain of minutiae and countless loose threads in search of significant revelations.
Maney says he doesn't see any "bombshells, " but said "I'm surprise again that the government has suppressed it for this long time and all that does is to fuel conspiracy theories."
The collection includes more than 3,100 records — comprising hundreds of thousands of pages — that have never been seen by the public. About 30,000 documents were released previously — with redactions.
Whatever details are released, they're not expected to give a definitive answer to a question that still lingers for some: Whether anyone other than Oswald was involved in the assassination.
The Warren Commission in 1964 concluded that Oswald had been the lone gunman, and another congressional probe in 1979 found no evidence to support the theory that the CIA had been involved. But other interpretations, some more creative than others, have persisted.