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UK reporter got call on ‘big news’ 25 minutes before JFK killing


A reporter thousands of miles away said he was warned about “big news” about to break in the U.S. 25 minutes before the assassination of John F. Kennedy, according to a CIA file.


One page from the agency’s London office, released as part of disclosures from the National Archives Thursday night, shows a strange phone call received by a journalist at the Cambridge News in the U.K.


“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 caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American embassy in London for some big news and then hung up,” the document reads.


The reporter, not identified in the call, reportedly told police about the bizarre incident, which directly preceded Kennedy being shot in Dallas.

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Cambridge is thousands of miles away from Dallas, Texas.

(Oli Scarff/Getty Images)


British intelligence also said that “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.”


The record shows how far the search for information about the JFK assassination stretched, as well as a strange piece of the puzzle six time zones away.


Thousands of documents were released Thursday night as part of the 1992 President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act, though the Trump administration delayed some citing national security reasons.


Though the official claim has been that assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, a 2013 poll from CBS shows that 61% of Americans believe that someone else was involved as well.

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A document released Thursday shows then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover said he was concerned with “having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin.”


Hoover did not say whether he believed there was a conspiracy or was simply trying to head off any possibility that such an idea became ingrained in some people’s minds.

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