London, Oct. 12: As former U.S. President John F. Kennedy tried to pull the world back from the brink of nuclear apocalypse during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960s, he had received an urgent telegram from his country’s envoy disclosing a ‘bomb threat’ to the American embassy in London.
Kennedy had received the news in an urgent telegram from Ambassador David Bruce, in a secret cable sent at the height of the crisis fifty years ago.
“Some half-dozen anonymous telephone calls stating bombs were placed in [the] embassy have been received in [the] course [of the] past two days and nights,” The Telegraph quoted Bruce, as writing in the telegram.
His telegram was disclosed on Thursday among 2,700 pages of previously unreleased files from the personal papers of Robert F. Kennedy, the president’s brother and attorney general.
According to the paper, the documents shed new light on how the Kennedy brothers and their closest advisers averted catastrophe in October 1962 after US spy planes discovered the USSR was secretly constructing nuclear missile bases on Cuba, its ally in the Caribbean since Fidel Castro’s revolution.
One memo by Dean Rusk, Kennedy’s defence secretary, details plans for a strike by the US air force on Cuban missile sites if negotiations should fail, the documents said.
Britain was to be one of six allies told about the attack in advance, he wrote, but “notice should be given no more than two hours before the strike”, it added.
The newly released archives contain exhaustive minutes, transcripts and handwritten notes from the series of high-tension meetings held at the White House during the notorious “13 Days” described in Robert Kennedy’s memoir of the same name, the paper said. (ANI)