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 call telling him to ring the US embassy for some big news, 25 minutes before the murder of John F Kennedy in Dallas, newly released documents say.

More… JFK files reveal FBI warning on Oswald and Soviets’ missile fears

The publication of nearly 3,000 previously classified files relating to the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963 reveals that the FBI had warned Dallas police about a threat to kill Lee Harvey Oswald, and claims that Soviet officials feared an “irresponsible” US general could launch a missile strike in the wake of the crisis.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    The JFK assassination is a wonderful lesson in how tampering with an investigation (LBJ’s desperate efforts to avoid war by showing no foreign involvement) will spawn generations of conspiracy theories. Soviet disinformation measures were an invaluable boost to the early charlatans like Mark Lane.
    It would seem that the “lone wolf” explanation for evil-doers was a politically useful explanation even back then.
    After all the smoke and B.S. cleared, ultimately the investigation showed that an emotionally compromised and somewhat delusional Oswald really did do it alone and that he would have been the last person any intelligence agency would have reached for in carrying out such a dangerous and risky task.

    • mauser 98

      Oswald scrambled around the floor to find spent shells then placed them in a neat row on window sill after shooting the President ?

      what happened to Kennedys brain?
      magic bullet?

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        The missing brain it turns out was taken by Bobby Kennedy himself and has been buried in Arlington with the rest of JFK’s remains since March of 1967.

        • mauser 98

          Bobby took (stole) removed brain from Bethesda Naval Hospital?
          before autopsy or after?
          Bobby tampered with evidence from worlds biggest crime scene?
          ..must have had help

  • simus1

    The apparent lack of new material on anything to do with Castro is interesting.

  • canminuteman

    To be honest, this sounds like BS to me. Someone called the Cambridge Evening News with the story? That’s like if I heard a big story and decided that Instead of calling the The Times of London, or New York Times I decided to break it with the Ajax Pickering News Advertiser.

    Why call the US embassy in London for a breaking American story?

    • Frances

      Sounds like the message the London UPI bureau received in 1946 saying that the King David Hotel had been blown up – message received an hour before the actual bombing.

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        I’d love to hear more about THAT!

        • Frances

          Just google the King David Hotel bombing – lots more detail than you ever want to know. But – as I remember – it turned out that a UPI “informant” was also involved in the group which bombed the hotel, and merely passed on the info he had. Didn’t realize the bombing had been put off an hour.

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