“Call the American Embassy in London for some big news.”

Those words from an anonymous caller to a British newspaper might be dismissed as just a prank call except for the circumstances and timing.

The call came into the Cambridge News at 6:05 p.m. on a Friday evening in late November when the biggest news in Britain that day was the release of the new single by a singing group of “mop-tops” out of Liverpool who generated screams from their fans.

But the date was November 22, 1963, and within a half-hour, history was to change.

As scholars and assassination “buffs” began poring over the 2,800 classified documents from the government files on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, one, in particular, has drawn attention as a possible clue in the crime of the 20th century.

Although the murder of the president occurred in broad daylight more than fifty years ago, the murder of the young president literally in the public square in the presence of his wife and the Secret Service has intrigued the public, both at home in the U.S. and abroad, ever since.

Fueled by a power struggle between federal and local law enforcement in the minutes and days following, the bungling of the investigation by Dallas Police, and the televised murder of the charged suspect while in police custody just 48-hours later, conspiracy theorists have woven tales – some credible and some stretching credulity over the years.

Now, there is a tantalizing new clue.

According to a memo found in the file dated November 26, 1963 – four days after the assassination –the Cambridge Evening News received the anonymous call just 25 minutes before tragedy struck thousands of miles away in Dallas, Texas.

There was no time to pursue the lead, but the British Security Service, MI-5, relayed the information to the CIA along with a pledge to “…assist in every way possible on any follow-up investigations required within the United Kingdom.”

A current reporter on the paper, Anna Savva, said the development was “completely jaw-dropping.”

The 1963 memo stated that the reporter on the Cambridge paper, “had never received a call of this kind before,” and stated that the reporter “is a sound and loyal person with no security record.”

President Trump ordered the release of the documents in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, but held back some documents at the request of the CIA and FBI.

The agencies had asked for additional time to redact information in the interests of national security.

The date for their release is within 180 days, or April 26, 2018.

Do you believe the release of documents about the assassination of President Kennedy will shed any light on whether the accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was the lone gunman or was part of a conspiracy?

Source: NY Post

 
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