A British journalist apparently received an anonymous call 25 minutes before the John F Kennedy assassination telling him to call the US Embassy for “some big news”, according to the trove of more than 2,800 documents released late Thursday by the National Archives.
The call was made to Cambridge News, a paper that serves the East Anglia area of eastern England, on Nov. 22, 1963, at 6:05 p.m. local time.
A memo written to the director of the FBI from the deputy director of the CIA, details the bizarre call.
“The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news and then hung up,” the memo from the CIA’s James Angleton to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover said.
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, 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 reporter’s name was not mentioned in the memo, which adds that MI5, Britain’s domestic security agency, had received “similar anonymous phone calls of a strangely coincidental nature.”
JFK was assassinated while his motorcade passed through Dallas in 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald, a former US marine, was charged with his murder, but Oswald himself was shot dead two days later by Jack Ruby.