On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted that, pending further information, he would allow the National Archives to release the last of the JFK assassination files.
The anticipated release of thousands of never-before-seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination has scholars and armchair detectives buzzing.
"Yesterday, I had the opportunity to make the case directly to the president of the United States by phone as to why I believe it is essential that he release the balance of the now redacted and classified JFK assassination documents", Stone said, adding that "a very good White House source", but not the president, had told him the Central Intelligence Agency, "specifically CIA director Mike Pompeo, has been lobbying the president furiously not to release these documents".
The US National Archives must release the remaining files to the public by Thursday 26 October unless Trump moves to prevent it happening.
The National Security Council warned Trump to withhold a batch of files that could shed more light on the November 1963 assassination. The trove is expected to include more than 3,000 documents that have never been seen by the public and more than 30,000 that have been previously released but with redactions.
In his tweet, Trump seemed to strongly imply he was going to release all the remaining documents, but the White House later said that if other government agencies made a strong case not to release the documents, he wouldn't.More news: Microsoft unveils Surface Book 2
During the 2016 campaign, Trump made the unfounded claim that the father of GOP rival Sen. But Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone told conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars this week that he personally lobbied Trump to publish all of the documents.
Trump himself is no stranger to the controversies and conspiracy theories that have long swirled around the assassination of the 35th president. "Time 2 let American ppl + historians draw own conclusions".
The FBI and the Warren Commission officially concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin, but various groups believed that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy.
Trump can withhold the release of certain documents if he believes their release could pose harm to USA intelligence, law enforcement, the military or United States foreign relations.
Trump's tweet did allow some wiggle room for last-minute exclusions by noting that his decision was "subject to receipt of further information".