JFK Files: English journalist tipped off 25min before; FBI chief: Convince public Oswald did it
Friday, 27 October 2017

A reporter for the Cambridge Evening News received a call telling him to ring the US embassy for "big news" just 25 minutes before John F. Kennedy was shot dead. The revelation emerged in fresh documents released by the US government on Thursday night.

According to the memo, police reported the call to the British intelligence service. Britain's domestic intelligence agency MI5 then is understood to have pledged to support "in every way possible" any investigation in the UK relating to Kennedy's murder.

The memo, signed by CIA deputy director James Angleton, reads: "The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news and then hung up.

"After the word of the President's death was received the reporter informed the Cambridge police of the anonymous call and the police informed MI5.

"The important point is that 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 before, and MI5 state that he is known to them as a sound and loyal person with no security record."

The same files reveal a memo issued by FBI Dorector J Edgar Hoover, he appeared to be particularly concerned that the public would have to be compelled to believe that Oswald was a lone actor - not part of a larger conspiracy. The deputy attorney general, Nicholas Katzenbach shared similar concerns as Hoover:

"the public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he did not have confederates who are still at large; and that evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial."

 The US government released 2,800 classified files on the assassination of JFK on Thursday night.

President Donald Trump said the public deserves to be "fully informed" of what happened, given the event has been the subject of various conspiracy theories. Some documents, however, were held back, after pressure from the FBI and CIA.

 



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