posted on Jan, 22 2016 @ 09:19 PM
By Jeff Morely
A federal appellate court has again rejected the arguments of the Central Intelligence Agency in a long-running lawsuit over ancient but
still-sensitive CIA files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
James Lesar, veteran FOIA litigator, prevailed over the CIA attorneys for a third time.
On Thursday, a three-judge panel in Washington D.C. unanimously denied the CIA’s claim that there is no “public benefit” to the disclosure of
long-suppressed records of a deceased CIA officer involved in the events that led to the death of the liberal president on November 22, 1963.
“When that subject is the Kennedy assassination, an event with few rivals in national trauma and in the array of passionately held conflicting
explanations showing potential public value is relatively easy,” wrote Senior Circuit Judge Stephen Williams.
The records were forced into public view by a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that I brought against the CIA in 2003. The records revealed for the
first time that the officer received a Career Intelligence Medal in 1981, two years after stonewalling congressional investigators about what he knew
of contacts in 1963 between accused assassin Lee Oswald and CIA-funded anti-Castro exiles in New Orleans.