Trump may allow release of JFK assassination files

In this file photo taken on November 8, 2013 shows a historic photo of post JFK assassination Dealey Plazza (Dallas Police Department, Dallas Municipal Archives, City of Dallas, Texas) displayed near its original location in Dallas, Texas. US President Donald Trump said October 21, 2017 he will allow long blocked secret files on the 1963 assassination of John F Kennedy to be opened to the public for the first time. (AFP)
Updated 21 October 2017
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Trump may allow release of JFK assassination files

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he will allow long-blocked secret files on the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy to be opened to the public for the first time.
The Nov. 22, 1963 assassination — an epochal event in modern US history — has spawned multiple theories challenging the official version that Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald.
The release of all the secret documents has been eagerly anticipated by historians and conspiracy theorists alike.
Trump’s announcement followed reports that not all the files would be released, possibly to protect still relevant intelligence sources and methods.
But Trump appears to have decided otherwise. “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as president, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” he said in the tweet.
The files are due to be opened in their entirety on Thursday nearly 54 years after Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas — unless the US president decides otherwise.
Millions of classified Kennedy files have been released under a 1992 law passed in response to a surge in public demand for disclosure in the wake of Oliver Stone’s conspiracy heavy movie on the assassination.
But the law placed a 25-year hold on a small percentage of the files that expires Oct. 26. Some reports put the number withheld at 3,100 and say tens of thousands that had been released with portions blacked out are set to be fully declassified.


China’s Xi declares an ‘overwhelming victory’ over graft

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China’s Xi declares an ‘overwhelming victory’ over graft

  • The Chinese president has pledged to wage war on graft until corruption of all kinds has been expunged at all levels of the Communist Party
  • China’s powerful graft watchdogs handled 464,000 cases and punished 406,000 people in the first nine months of 2018

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared an “overwhelming victory” in his fight against graft within the ruling Chinese Communist Party, while still vowing that the campaign to weed out deep-seated corruption will continue, state media reported.
Xi has pledged to wage war on graft until corruption of all kinds has been expunged at all levels of the Communist Party, from high-level “tigers” to low-level “flies.”
He proclaimed during a twice-a-decade meeting of the top party leadership in October 2017 that his fight against graft had achieved “overwhelming momentum.”
However, Xi announced at a meeting of the party’s Politburo on Friday that the fight had now obtained an “overwhelming victory,” state broadcaster CCTV reported.
The shift from “momentum” to “victory” reflects an important judgment from the party leadership, CCTV said.
China’s powerful graft watchdogs handled 464,000 cases and punished 406,000 people in the first nine months of 2018.
“We must forcefully reduce the number of cases and effectively stop them from growing,” the Politburo said, according to CCTV.
Xi said efforts to overhaul China’s extensive anti-graft architecture must continue to modernize the systems of oversight for party members and state employees.
China’s new National Supervisory Commission was formally established in March, extending the graft fight to all state employees and giving legal backing to the party’s controversial internal investigation and detention techniques.
Some Chinese academics have voiced concerns that the reforms will roll back years of work by legal reformers to protect the rights of suspects during investigations.