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The 50 year secret: JFK's assassination

Posted at 5:27 PM, Oct 30, 2017

President Trump announced on Twitter Friday that he will release all remaining classified filed pertaining to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

This announcement coming after a lot of push back from government agencies.

ABC Action News spoke with former CIA agent Andrew Bustamante about the release of the decades’ old sealed documents. Bustamante said a secret kept for this long should have people worried about more than just conspiracy theories.

“What is still relevant now,” said Bustamante.  “50 years later? That cannot be disclosed.”

It was his job as a CIA agent for seven years to keep secrets. Now that he is out, he is taking a closer look at one of the oldest secrets this country has kept in modern history. 

“If it’s deemed as a secret information, then it is supposed to have serious damage, serious risk to national security,” said Bustamante.

He says some secrets, like with the files on JFK, just don’t seem like they show risk to national security by being released.

“If it’s not active or relevant. Then why are we keeping the secret? That would mean that we are intentionally covering something that does not have immediate impact,” said Bustamante.

As for the conspiracy theories when in regards to the assassination of the 35th President of the United States?

To think that the federal government is so well oiled that it can maintain a 50 year secret for that long. Maintaining an active conspiracy is a tough pill to swallow,” said Bustamante.

He said instead of giving life to the conspiracy theories, there is a better question to ask, especially when talking about the remaining files to be released.

“Is the government being responsible with the information that it does have?  What I’m hoping will come of this? People will start to ask the question, why was it classified, why was it kept from me,” said Bustamante