Ex-CIA Officer Shares Thoughts on Release of JFK Assassination Documents

"It's time, after all of these years," the ex-CIA officer said

Ahead of the release of documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a South Florida author who served in the CIA shares some insight into what to expect.

Brian Latell is the former CIA officer who wrote "Castro's Secrets: Cuban Intelligence, The CIA, and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy."

More than 3,000 secret files will be released on Thursday under President Donald Trump's administration more than half a century after Lee Harvey Oswald put the United States' 35th president in the sights of his rifle.

"It's time, after all of these years," Latell said. "I don't think we're going to learn that there were any other assassins with Oswald on that morning, November 22, 1963, in Dallas."

Latell said Oswald traveled to Mexico City and visited Cuban and Soviet Union embassies two months before the assassination.

Oswald may have met with up to five Cuban intelligence officers during his stay, according to Latell.

"There's a substantial amount of evidence that points to a Cuban culpability in Kennedy's death," Latell said. "Maybe even to the extent of inspiring, motivating him, setting him into motion with the idea of assassinating Kennedy."

The U.S. Congress gave the National Archives until the end of 2017 to release the documents unless the U.S. president stepped in. Instead of prohibiting the release, Trump has encouraged it.

The documents will likely include details on anti-Castro personnel who lived in Miami.

"Men and women who worked very hard to try to salvage what they could of their country," Latell added.

Though some experts do not expect major bombshells to be revealed, there could be hidden jewels hidden within the texts.

"The CIA will probably be embarrassed by some of the revelations and so will the FBI," Latell said.

Though the National Archives will publish the documents on its website on Thursday, it may take readers countless hours to scan through the thousands of documents.

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