In one of the documents released by President Donald Trump about the investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy noted that less than half an hour before the shooting, a British newspaper had received a mysterious tip about “some big news” about to occur in the United States. In a memo to then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover revealed that an anonymous caller phoned an unnamed senior reporter at Cambridge News in the United Kingdom on the day Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.

The memo read: 

“The British Security Service (MI-5) has reported that at 1805GMT on 22 November an anonymous telephone call was made in Cambridge, England, to the senior reporter of the Cambridge News.” 

The memo was sent to Hoover by then-CIA counter-intelligence chief James Jesus Angleton.

The memo continues:

“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 MI-5.”

The memo was dated four days after the assassination. MI-5, the British intelligence service, calculated that the call came in at approximately 25 minutes before the moment Kennedy was shot. The memo added:

“The Cambridge reporter had never received a call of this kind before and MI-5 state that he is known to them as a sound and loyal person with no security record.”

This was among the approximately 3,000 documents released by President Trump on Thursday. For national security reasons, he decided to withhold some of the remain files still held by the National Archives.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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