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    'Watch Out Donald!' Twitter Worried Trump Might Not Release Kennedy Murder Files

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    President Trump may block some of the classified documents relating to the Kennedy assassination from being released next week, according to administration officials. Social media users are pressing the president to release the files, saying that they 'may save Trump's life' and urging him not to become a 'deep state puppet'.

    White House officials told Politico that among the 3,000+ secret assassination-related documents, which must be released later this month in accordance with a 1992 law, some documents from the 1990s may be kept classified. Officials did not comment on which specific details regarding John F. Kennedy's November 1963 assassination may be kept secret. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said only that the administration is working "to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public."

    The news has led concerned social media users from the US and around the world to ask what's behind the possible censorship.

    Some users pushed the president to release the documents in their entirety, saying he is the only one that can do it, and that it's time for the world to know about the CIA's possible role in the presidential murder.

    Others complained that perhaps the US 'deep state' has gotten to Trump, and pointed to the fact that numerous agencies, especially the CIA have been fighting like mad to block the release of the files.

    Some users said that the president does not actually have the prerogative to release the files, and that it formally belongs to the Justice Department.

    Finally, others openly warned Trump that he must release the files, or risk suffering the same fate as the late president.

    The murky details behind the Kennedy assassination have inspired numerous conspiracy theories, the most popular of which suggests that the president was killed in a plot engineered by the CIA or other elements of the US government, the military, or the FBI. Fidel Castro, the mafia, Mossad, and other groups have also been named as potential conspirators at various points in time. The CIA story remains by far the most popular.

    The JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which stipulated the release of thousands of secret documents by October 26, 2017, was created and passed thanks in part to the conclusions reached by director Oliver Stone in his 1991 film JFK. The law aimed at putting conspiracy theories to rest through the disclosure of the documents. If the files' release is censored, conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination will be sure to live on.

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