JFK files: British paper got anonymous call just before assassination

Memo from CIA to FBI says senior reporter at Cambridge Evening News was told to call the American embassy for some big news

A reporter on the UK’s Cambridge Evening News received an anonymous see telling him to ring the US embassy for some large-scale news, 25 minutes before the assassination of John F Kennedy in Dallas, freshly liberated records say.

A memo written to the director of the FBI from the deputy director( Plans) of the CIA tells of the strange phone call made to the unnamed senior reporter on the paper.

Dated four periods after the president’s death, it reveals how far the investigation into the events in Dallas reached.

The memo reads:” The British security service( MI-5) has reported that at 18:05 GMT on 22 nd November and anonymous telephone call was induced in Cambridge, England, to the senior reporter of the Cambridge News.

” The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American embassy in London for some large-scale news and then hung up.

” After the word of the president’s death was received the reporter notified the Cambridge police of the anonymous call and the police notified MI-5.

” The important phase is that the call was distributed according to MI-5 estimates, about 25 minutes before the president was kill. The Cambridge reporter had never received a call of this kind before and MI-5 state that he is known to them as a music and loyal person with no protection account .”


JFK’s assassination

President John F Kennedy is shot dead by a sniper while his motorcade moved through Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald, a former US marine and Soviet defector, is arrested.

Oswald is shot dead by a Dallas nightclub owner, Jack Ruby.

The freshly sworn in chairperson, Lyndon Johnson, orderings an investigation of the assassination, identified after its president, manager justice Earl Warren.

The Warren Commission determines that Oswald acted alone, without help from Cuba or Russia. The panel also finds that Ruby behaved alone.

A brand-new investigation by four medical experts reaffirms the commission’s find that two bullets killed Kennedy from behind.

Clay Shaw, a New Orleans businessman, is acquitted of charges of conspiracy in Kennedy’s murder, after 50 minutes of deliberation. He is the only person prosecuted over the assassination.

After two years of investigation, a House committee accuses previous investigators of failing to explore adequate results. The panel encountered it “likely” that conspiracies stands behind Kennedy’s murder, including a possible second gunman on “the grassy knoll” in Dallas. The committee also believed organized criminal was “probably” involved.

Oliver Stone premieres JFK, his movie about the Shaw trial and the possibility of a CIA conspiracy, motivated in part to keep the US in Vietnam. A few months later, Seinfeld parodies the elaborated plot theorizing around the Zapruder film and “magic bullet” theory.

Congress reenacts the JFK Records Collection Act and orders the liberate of 3,100 secret documents in an attempt to quash plot conjectures. The records are ordered released with a 25 -year deadline.

Donald Trump accuses the father ofTed Cruz of involvement in the murder. He quotes the National Enquirer, a tabloid, as his source.

The memo somewhat cryptically also states that” similar anonymous telephone call of a strangely coincidental nature have been received by persons in the UK over the past year” particularly in the case of a Dr Ward.

It culminates:” The British Security Service stated its desire to assist in every behavior possible on any follow-up investigations required within the United kingdom government .”

The memo is signed by the deputy managing director James Angleton.

On Friday, reporters at the Cambridge Evening News said they were sieving through its archives to try and find any references to the call.

Josh Thomas (@ JoshThomasCN)

Scenes in the @CambridgeNewsUK newsroom this morning. We’ll get to the bottom of this #jfkdocuments pic.twitter.com/ sWx5RNQdNZ

October 27, 2017

Kennedy was assassinated as his motorcade passed through Dallas on 22 November 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald, a former US marine, was tasked with his murder. Oswald himself was shot dead 2 days later by nightclub owned Jack Ruby.

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