The Kennedy family continues to resist pressure to release private documents from the Robert Kennedy archives, despite new evidence published by The Boston Globe Sunday that the files mostly relate to national security affairs and Kennedy’s tenure as attorney general, and not his personal affairs. The Globe obtained an unpublished index of the rarely-seen files which catalogues the contents of 62 boxes of private papers.
Scholars believe the RFK archives could shed valuable insight on a range of national security decisions, ranging from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Vietnam War, the Globe reported. The files also include information on Operation MONGOOSE, the CIA plot to kill Fidel Castro, and Kennedy’s crackdown on organised crime.
Following Robert Kennedy’s assassination in 1968, his family negotiated a “controversial” deal with the National Archives which granted them sole custody over these documents.
Insiders told the Globe that the Kennedy heirs “have dragged their feet in granting permission in part because the government records are interspersed with items deeply personal in nature,” including letters to his sister-in-law, Jackie Kennedy, and information on friend, singer Frank Sinatra.
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