The White House has released 2,891 documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy that have long been kept secret.
The trove of files was published on the National Archives website on Thursday night, but President Trump has kept some back so federal agencies can black out portions.
He is allowing intelligence, law enforcement and military agencies to take the next six months to justify their requests to redact specific pages.
A White House official told DailyMail.com during a conference call that while Trump wants to remove the ‘veil’ of secrecy regarding the 1963 killing, he has ‘no choice today but to accept those redactions rather than risk irreversible harm’ to the country.
‘There does remain sensitive information in the records,’ the official said, often ‘related to the identity of individuals involved, in their roles as informants.’
The official also said some edits would be made to hide ‘activities that were conducted with foreign partner agencies.’
The White House said that about 2,800 files set for release on Thursday evening by the National Archives and Records Administration are only those that will be released ‘in full’ – and agencies will be able to roll out partially edited documents over the next week.
‘The vast majority of the requests came from the FBI and CIA,’ a White House official said.
The administration has essentially ‘kicked the can a bit,’ a White House aide admitted after a conference call with reporters on Thursday.
‘We can’t keep this up forever,’ he admitted, ‘but it’s better to get it right than to do it quickly.’