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all right, glenn, thanks that's our news at 6. >> we'll see you back here at 11:00. tonight, the jfk mystery deepens with those newly released files reveal about a possibly critical missed warning and what's in the top secret documents still locked away. a rousing call to action. >> we are pure. we are strong. we are brave. and we will fight. >> a hollywood star whose bombshell allegations opened the floodgates against harvey weinstein makes her first public appearance since the scandal brokes. an escalating crisis as spain's richest region declares it's breaking away. survivor story. two women rescued after months drifting at sea tell us how they endured
aggressive sharks and violent storms. wild chase. up to 100 miles an hour. wait till you hear who was behind the wheel. the show must go on. the inspiring second act after the hurricane in houston. also, an nfl owner under fire. what he says that triggered a firestorm. this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. and thank you for joining us on this friday. that 11th hour release of jfk documents is offering fascinating newer perspective on the moments before and after the murder of president kennedy including what the cia knew about lee harvey oswald. but as they sift through the trove of documents, it is what's not there that's causing the most intrigue tonight. the release of hundreds of additional pages blocked by president trump in the name of national security. pete williams has details. >> reporter: the documents offer more
proof that the secret service was apparently never told lee harvey oswald might be a danger to the president. even though the cia and fbi had him under surveillance for months as a potential communist threat. oswald was added to the list of threats to the president november 22nd, 1963. reason, quote, killed jfk. >> he was a misfit and sociopath who defected to the soviet union. that was rare enough that the fbi and the cia should have made sure the secret service was aware of him. >> a just released document shows that they thought it was a conspiracy on the part of the ultralight to start a queue and worried that, quote, some irresponsible general might launch a misilat the soviet union. j. edgar hoover was furious at dallas police. when oswald was shot in the basement of police headquarters. >> he's been shot. he's been shot. lee a oswald has been
shot. >> reporter: the fbi warned police that he was in danger after a committee had been formed to kill him. hoover said it's important to have something issued, quote, so we can convince the public that oswald is the real assassin. historians say many u.s. officials thought it would start a war if the public thought the cubans or the russians were responsible. >> keep in mind the cube been missile crisis happened just a year before. they were terrified of thousands of nukes hitting us and johnson and people didn't want go there again. >> reporter: conspiracy theories have abounded that oswald was actually a cia agent or informant. in one of the documents richard helms is asked in 1975, is there any information involved with the assassination of president kennedy which in any way shows that lee harvey oswald was in some way a cia agent or an agent, but the document ends there. another question still unanswered. pete williams, nbc news, washington. this is cynthia mcfadden. it remains one of the
seminal moments in american history. >> it appears as though something has happened. >> reporter: bullets fired on president kennedy's motorcade in dallas. an hour later the american people are told the tragic outcome. >> here's a flash from the associated press. two priests who were with president kennedy say he is dead of bullet wounds. >> reporter: still, 54 years after that sad day, much of what happened remained shrouded in mystery. lee harvey oswald was quickly arrested. and just as quickly killed by a local nightclub owner, jack ruby. >> lee oswald has been shot. >> the mystery deepened. was there a conspiracy to kill the president? most americans today believe that there was. despite the fact the warren commission concluded in 1964, oswald acted alone, though in 1979 a house select committee concluded kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a
conspiracy. over the years, there have been dozens of books written. many movies made, too. the best known of them, oliver stone's "jfk." >> once you conclude the magic bullet cannot create all seven of those wounds, you have to conclude that there was a fourth shot and a second rifle. >> reporter: a good film, it won two oscars. but good history? >> there is no settled idea about who killed john kennedy and why and perhaps with what help, and what that means, i think, is that there's never going to be an explanation that satisfies everyone. >> reporter: we do know that day marked the end of aen era. the end of camelot. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. we turn now to that rousing call to action from hollywood star rose mcgowan, making her first public appearance, and she helped open the floodgates against movie mogul harvey weinstein and
triggered a national backlash against sexual misconduct. she said she's been silenced for decades and is calling on women to speak up. >> my name is rose mcgowan and i am brave and i am you. >> reporter: rose mcgowan giving voice to the fight she's waged on social media since the harvey weinstein scandal broke. the actress says she was raped. >> it has been insane. the monster's face everywhere my nightmare. >> reporter: she never mentioned weinstein by name at the women's convention in detroit. mcgowan reached a $100,000 settlement with the once powerful movie producer according to "the new york times." weinstein denies any nonconsensual sex. >> a scarlet letter is theirs. it is not ours. we are pure. we are strong. we are brave. and we will fight! >> reporter: today, congresswoman jackie spier saying hee too when she was a capitol hill aide.
>> the chief of staff held my face, kissed me and stuck his tongue in my mouth. >> reporter: now, several powerful men across many industries have resigned, been fired or suspended following allegations of sexual harassment. celebrity chef leaving his restaurant group. political analyst mark halperin off the air accused of lewd conduct while at abc news. wib steen's accusers top 65 and more than 300 women accuse james toback of harassment, which he denies. tonight more questions about the public behavior of former president george h.w. bush. a fourth woman says he grabbed her behind during a 2006 photo shoot. as more women tell their stories, advocates in detroit hope for real change. >> i'm thinking that finally that women will not be afraid to let someone know what's happening to them. >> you know, lester,
tonight women are finding strength and power in the number of people coming forward with their stories. and they want men to finally take this issue seriously as well and remember that the targets could be their mothers, their sisters, or their daughters. >> all right, anne thompson, thank you. tonight the man who would be at the center of any american military confrontation with north korea is as close as you can get. james mattis on the dmz between north and south getting a look at the other side and sending a strong message. richard engel reports tonight from seoul. >> reporter: arriving by helicopter under tight security, defense secretary mattis flew right to north korea's doorstep today and looked out on to the very hills where north korea has hundreds of rockets and artillery pieces ready to fire in the event of a war. >> behind that in the caves is where.
>> reporter: seoul and its 20 million people are just 35 miles away. north korea has been practicing for this low-tech assault. missile defenses would be ineffective. the casualties enormous. at the border, mattis came within yards of north korean soldiers as, in a bizarre scene in this tense place, tourists in the north looked on. >> our goal is not war, but rather the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the korean peninsula. >> reporter: kim jong-un says denuclearization is a nonstarter, but the trump administration is now trying to show that it's not acting. president trump arrives in asia with what is effectively an armada. for the first time in years three u.s. aircraft carrier strike groups are
headed to the pacific in addition to the u.s. troops already in south korea. the navy says the deployment of the carriers was preplanned. still, it's a huge show of force to tell north korea if it attacks seoul with its artillery or worse uses its nuclear arms, the u.s. response will be devastating. lester? >> richard engel in seoul tonight, thank you. in a historic move opposed by the u.s., the catalonia region of spain declared its independence today from the rest of the country. but the spanish government immediately retaliated trying to keep the catalans from succeeding. bill neely has the latest on what's happening in barcelona. >> reporter: wild celebrations in barcelona as spain's richest region declares independence. catalonia's flags raised. >> superhappy, superexcited. >> this dream is my
grandfather's dream. >> reporter: history made by a vote in the catalan parliament. lawmakers singing their anthem in their own catalan language. but within minutes spain hit back. its parliament voting to strip all power from catalonia. spain's prime minister denouncing independence as a criminal act. the catalan leader now facing arrest. spanish riot police sent in once this month to stop an independence vote, are standing by. amid today's tears, fears of violence. millions of catalans don't want independence. europe and the u.s. oppose it. the state department tweeting keep spain united. but it's a fractured country. spain tonight entering dark unknown territory. bill neely, nbc news. the owner of the houston texans has apologized for a comment behind closed doors about player protests. robert mcnair's
reportedly said we can't have the inmates running the prison. during a recent nfl meeting. according to reports, texan players nearly walked out of practice today over that statement. he said i regret that i used that expression. i never mebt to offend anyone. and i was not referring to our players. in florida tonight tiger woods has pleaded guilty to reckless driving in a deal that will keep him out of jail. it started with his arrest last spring when he was found passed out in his m mercedes with prescription drugs and marijuana in his system. facebook today announced stricter rules for political advertisers after admitting thousands of ads linked to russia appeared on its platform during the election. this comes after twitter revealed that bots, bogus automated accounts linked with russia, also tried to influence the election.
jo ling kent explains how b.o.t.s. work. >> reporter: inside the intelligence lab at the institute for the future, sam woolly has been tracking how b.o.t.s. influenced the 2016 election. >> so-called fake news can have real world consequences. >> fake news. >> reporter: but are fake automated social media accounts that can post, retweet, like and share thousands of times faster thab a real person. >> politicians, journalists, people that really spread and make news were actually sharing b.o.t. content online. they were sharing fake stories because, like us, they didn't really know what was going on. >> reporter: b.o.t.s. can add fake followers to a politician's account to make them appear more influential. they retweet posts to spread information quickly and widely. offering hashtags to get more users to engage in a disinformation attack. it helps real people see that stuff and engage in it, right? >> exactly, yeah. it's more subtle.
more insidious. it spreads better. >> reporter: nick monaco found that russians were buying armies of b.o.t.s. that were difficult to trice. i'm buying 10,000 retweets. >> the goal is to seed and fuel the momentum. >> reporter: in two hours the b.o.t.s. we purchased retweeted our headline 450,000 times. twitter says it catches 450,000 suspicious accounts every day and will continue to strengthen against attempted manipulation. experts say the 2018 election is already under threat as russian b.o.t.s. attempt to sew confusion among american voters. >> if the person who speaks the loudest will win we look like an authoritarian country. >> reporter: the truth is at stake. jo ling kent, palo alto, california. fall is only about a month old, but it already looks like winter in parts of the midwest.
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finally this evening, all eyes are on houston as the world series moves there for game three. win it all could mean so much for that city still reeling from hurricane harvey. the texans you're about to meet embody that old saying the show must go on. here's catie beck. >> reporter: tragedy on stage in houston. a city still healing from a real life tragedy, hurricane harvey. the unspoken story is what happened behind the scenes of the houston grand opera. after harvey destroyed their theater in august leaving them stageless. several in the company, like catherine mcdaniel, displaced twice. your home and your
workspace that you love. >> both gone at the same time. ♪ >> reporter: their need to make art greater than ever. so they transformed space inside the houston convention center into an opera venue. part of the same space that once housed harvey victims. >> it's about rebuilding the people because the people are the theater. >> reporter: people like stage manager kristin burk a mom who lost their home to harv harvey. >> this made us feel like we're moving forward, both my work family and my family. >> reporter: they had just days to build the opera's new home. now opening night. emotional at what this once was. >> in a way we couldn't have imagined -- sorry. >> reporter: backstage, the costumes, the lights and the curtain. ♪ voices powerful and grateful. >> that is houston, texas. that is what has been going on since hurricane harvey hit.
>> reporter: a tragic opera that ends in triumph. catie beck, nbc news, houston. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watchi "superbicon." ♪ now on "extra." i have been slut shamed, i have been harassed. >> rose mcgowan unleashes, speaking publicly for the first time about taking on weinstein. ashley judd on the avalanche of accusers. >> what were your thoughts when you first heard more stories come out. >> the powerful women calling this a tipping point in america.
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