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What to expect from the JFK files

John F. Kennedy waves from his car in a motorcade in Dallas on the day he died. (AAP) Source: AAP

The US National Archive has released 2,800 secret files into the assassination of John F. Kennedy on 22 November, 1963.

The world can now see 2,800 secret files on President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Hundreds of others will remain under wraps after requests from the CIA and the FBI for further review.

Experts say the release of this information could help allay suspicions of a conspiracy - at least for some.

Here's a look at what to expect:

* HOW MANY FILES ARE THERE?

- More than 3,100 documents make up the last batch of secret files

- The US National Archive has released more than 2,800 documents on its website

- The release of the remaining files has been delayed after appeals from the CIA and FBI and will be reviewed in six months

* WHY ARE THEY BECOMING PUBLIC NOW?

- In October 26, 1992 President George H.W. Bush signed a law requiring that all documents related to the assassination be released within 25 years, unless the president says doing so would harm intelligence, law enforcement, military operations or foreign relations.

* WHAT DO THE FILES SHOW?

Scholars say it will take weeks to find potentially new and interesting information, but analysis so far shows:

- Federal agents madly chased after tips in the days after the assassination and juggled rumours and leads worldwide

- The materials ast a wide net over varied activities of the Kennedy administration, such as covert efforts to upend Fidel Castro's government

- One document details efforts to interview people who may have seen Lee Harvey Oswald before the assassination.

- Another document refers to a letter to the president in December 1963 that said "you're doomed" which was deemed a joke and the writer, "attending 5th grade", not dangerous.

* WILL THERE BE ANY BOMBSHELLS?

- Chances of a bombshell are slim

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