J.F.K. tape-release chances improve

February 03, 1993|By Boston Globe

BOSTON -- Chances for release of secret tapes made in the White House during President John F. Kennedy's administration suddenly have improved.

The Office of Presidential Libraries in Washington advocated speeding up the declassification process and the chief of the Kennedy Library declared yesterday that copies of 10 tapes would be sent to the National Security Council for clearance this month.

In response to growing pressure for release of the recordings, the Office of Presidential Libraries urged the Kennedy Library to send a complete set of the 250-plus hours of tapes to the NSC as soon as possible.

Charles Daly, director of the Kennedy Library in Boston, said the initiative from Washington could help efforts to release the tapes, but he said he would not send the tapes to the NSC all at once because it would take too long to duplicate the tapes and because the sudden volume might cause the NSC to throw up its hands in frustration.

The tapes likely will be submitted in chronological order from the beginning of the 127-reel series. This means the first recordings to be reviewed will cover Oval Office discussions of Peru, Brazil, Berlin, the Soviet Union, China and the Dominican Republic, in that order.

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