British Local Newspaper Received Anonymous Tip-Off Before JFK Assassination
It has come to light that a British local newspaper received an anonymous tip-off about 'some big news' in the US, just minutes before president Kennedy was assassinated.
Documents released on Tuesday relating to the killing reveal a memo dated 26 November 1963, saying that the mystery call was made to Cambridge News at 18:05 GMT on 22 November 1963.
The memo was actually released by the National Archives back in July, but had gone unreported until the latest batch of documents was made available.
The time logged indicates that the call was made to the newspaper just 25 minutes before JFK was shot and killed.
JFK and First Lady Jacqueline (Credit: PA)
The memo read: "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."
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Shooter Lee Harvey Oswald being held by officers (Credit: PA)
Staff currently employed at the newspaper said they had no idea who had taken the call, but that they are trying to track down people who worked there in the '60s to find out.
Reporter Anna Savva described hearing about the call as 'completely jaw-dropping'.
"It would have been common knowledge in the office who took the call, but we have nothing in our archive - we have nobody here who knows the name of the person who took the call," she said.
In a video posted on the newspaper's website, chief reporter Chris Elliott, said that no one was able to establish if the call had ever been made, or if it had, who took it. However, the fact that it may have been made came to light in the 1980s when a London solicitor was investigating an alleged CIA document.
"A London solicitor, Michael Eddowes, started to investigate a document he found allegedly from the CIA," Elliott said.
"In that document it was mentioned a call had been made to the Cambridge News warning that something big was going to happen.
"We don't know whether that call was ever made, we don't know which reporter took the call and we don't know what the reason possibly could have been for anyone ringing a newspaper in Cambridge about it."
According to Mr Elliott, Mr Eddowes, who is now deceased, believed there was some sort of conspiracy and that the call may have been one of a number made to UK newspapers to nurture the idea that there was a plot to kill the president.
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