LONDON — Twenty-all 5 minutes before John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a British newspaper received an anonymous tip about “some big news” within the United States, according to the trove of more than 2,800 documents released late Thursday by the National Archives.
The mystery call was made to a senior reporter at the Cambridge News, a paper in which serves the East Anglia area of eastern England, on Nov. 22, 1963, at 6:05 p.m. local time. Kennedy was shot shortly afterward, as he rode in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 a.m. CST. Dallas is usually six hours behind Britain.
“The caller said only in which the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news as well as also then hung up,” the memo, via the FBI’s deputy director James Angleton to J. Edgar Hoover, its director, said.
The revelation, one of many in which emerged via the planned Discharge of the Kennedy assassination documents — so far, there’s no smoking guns — adds to the raft of conspiracy theories surrounding his death. In fact, the memo was first released in July, although went unreported until the cache of files was released Thursday.
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The memo, dated Nov. 26, 1963, says: “After the word of the President’s death was received the reporter informed the Cambridge police of the anonymous call, as well as also the police informed MI5. The important point is usually in which the call was made, according to MI5 calculations, about 25 minutes before the President was shot. The Cambridge reporter had never received a call of This kind of kind before, as well as also MI5 state in which he is usually known to them as a sound as well as also loyal person with no security record.”
The reporter’s name was not mentioned within the memo, which adds in which Britain’s MI5 security services had received “similar anonymous phone calls of a strangely coincidental nature.”
The Cambridge Newsnoted in a story Friday in which This kind of too did not know the name of the reporter who took the call, although This kind of said the existence of the memo was first discovered by a lawyer, Michael Eddowes, who devoted much of his life to investigating the mystery surrounding Kennedy’s death.
Eddowes, who died in 1992, told the Cambridge News in 1981 in which he believed the anonymous caller was a British-born Soviet agent named Albert Osborne.
Two months before Kennedy’s assassination, Eddowes believed in which Osborne, who also apparently used the alias John Howard Bowen, had befriended Lee Harvey Oswald, the man ultimately charged with murdering Kennedy.
Eddowes’ theory was in which the call was made “because the Soviet Union was eager in which the assassination should be seen as a conspiracy,” according to the paper.