A British local newspaper received an anonymous phone call about “some big news” in the United States just 25 minutes before John F. Kennedy (JFK) was assassinated, newly released documents by the US government say.
The revelation was made after the US National Archives released a batch of more than 2,800 documents on the assassination of the former US president late on Thursday.
A memo, dated November 26, 1963, said that the call was made to an unnamed senior reporter at the Cambridge News at 6.05 p.m. local time on the day Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas, Texas.
“The British security service (MI-5) has reported that at 18:05 GMT on 22nd November and anonymous telephone call was made in Cambridge, England, to the senior reporter of the Cambridge News,” the memo from the FBI’s deputy director James Angleton to J. Edgar Hoover, its director, 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,” it added. “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 document noted.
The memo further stressed similar anonymous phone calls “of a strangely coincidental nature” had been received by people in the UK over the past year, and that, “The British Security Service stated its desire to assist in every way possible on any follow-up investigations required within the United Kingdom.”
US President Donald Trump has allowed the release of the JFK’s assassination documents but held back the publication of some “sensitive” files at the request of the US intelligence agencies, FBI and CIA, over national security concerns.
Trump argued that the public deserved to be “fully informed” of what happened in Kennedy’s murder, given the event has been the subject of various conspiracy theories.
The charismatic 46-year-old president was shot dead on November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas, while riding in his presidential motorcade.
The President’s Commission on the Assassination of Kennedy, known unofficially as the Warren Commission, was established by former President Lyndon B. Johnson in November hat year to investigate the assassination of JFK.
The commission’s final 888-page report released in September 1964 concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald, a former US marine, had acted entirely alone in assassinating President Kennedy.
However, many researchers remain unconvinced by the official government account and argue that Oswald was part of a conspiracy to kill Kennedy, perhaps in connection with Israel, Cuba or the former Soviet Union.