Shortly before a visit by Elizabeth II to San Francisco in 1983, a city police officer who frequented a bar intended to try the FBI on a possible threat against the queen by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) sympathizerwhich ultimately did not take place.
This is revealed by several FBI documents, now declassified and to which they have had access to the chain nbc newswho assures that the IRA sympathizer sought with the attack against the monarch, who died last year, to avenge the death of his daughter.
The policeman, who reported the threat, stated that on February 4, 1983, a month before Ronald and Nancy Reagan received Elizabeth II and her husband, he received a phone call from a man he knew from the aforementioned bar «who claimed his daughter had been killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet«, points out the chain.
Where was the attack going to be?
This Man Also Said He Was Going To Try To Harm Queen Elizabeth
«This man also said that he was going to try to harm Queen Elizabeth and would make her throw something from the Golden Gate Bridge at the royal yacht Britannia when it passed under it, or try to kill Queen Elizabeth when she visited Yosemite.«the documents state.
This information is among 102 pages of FBI records on Elizabeth II that have been released publicly in response to a request filed by nbc news and other media to the federal agency following the queen’s death on September 8.
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The records were published in The vaultthe FBI’s publicly accessible web page and include documents relating to the Queen’s various visits to the United States, dating back to 1976.
While the documents indicate that the threat against Elizabeth II in San Francisco was no more than a warning from an angry person, they «clearly reflect a persistent source of potential danger to the Queen whenever she visited the US: the IRA and its sympathizers.» «, precisely the American chain.
IRA against the royal family
The IRA, formed in the early 20th century but became an armed wing of the nationalist political movement Sinn Féin in the 1960s, he was looking for the exit of the british forces from northern ireland and unify Ireland, often by violent means.
The documents show that FBI agents routinely shared intelligence and preparations with the US Secret Service, local police agencies, and other law enforcement about the IRA and its sympathizers prior to and during state visits by the IRA. queen.
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FBI concerns about possible IRA violence against members of the royal family were not unfounded. In 1979, Elizabeth’s second cousin, Lord «Dickie» Mountbatten, close to then-Prince Charles, was killed in an IRA bombing in Ireland, NBC recalls.
In 1989, prior to the Queen’s visit to the East Coast and parts of the southern United States, an internal FBI memo indicated that, despite knowing no specific dangers, «the possibility of threats to the British Monarchy is ever present.» by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)».
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