Shortly before a visit from Isabel II to San Francisco (USA) in 1983, a city police officer who frequented an Irish bar warned the fbi about a possible threat against the queen by a supporter of Irish Republican Army (IRA), which ultimately did not take place.
This is revealed by various documents of the fbi now declassified and to which the chain has had access NBCNewswho assures that the IRA sympathizer was looking for the attack against the monarch avenge the death of his daughter.
The police officer who reported the threat stated that the February 4, 1983a 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 stated that his daughter had been killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet”, points out the chain.
This man also said that he was going to try to harm Queen Elizabeth and that he would do so by throwing something from the Golden Gate Bridge at the royal yacht Britannia as it passed underneathor would attempt to kill Queen Elizabeth when visiting Yosemite National Park,” the documents state.
This information is among the 102 pages of FBI records on Elizabeth II that have been made publicly known in response to a request submitted by NBCNews and other media to the federal agency following the queen’s death on September 8.
The records were published in The Vault, the publicly accessible website of the FBI, which include documents related to the Queen’s various visits to the United States, dating back to 1976.
Although the documents indicate that the threat against Elizabeth II in San Francisco was no more than a warning from an angry person, “clearly reflect a persistent source of potential danger to the queen whenever she visited the US: the IRA and its sympathizers”, specifies the American chain.
The IRA, formed at the beginning of the 20th century although converted into an armed wing of the Sinn Féin nationalist political movement in the 1960s, he was looking for a way out of the British Northern Ireland forces and unify Ireland, often by violent means.
The documents show that FBI agents routinely shared intelligence and preparations with the US Secret Servicelocal police agencies and other law enforcement agencies on the IRA and its supporters in advance of and during the Queen’s state visits.
The FBI’s concerns about possible IRA violence against members of the royal family were not unfounded. In 1979, Isabel’s second cousin, Lord “Dickie” Mountbattenclose to the then Prince Charles, died in an IRA bomb attack in Irelandremember the nbc.
In 1989, prior to the queen’s visit to the East Coast and parts of the southern United States, an internal FBI memo noted that, despite knowing no specific dangers, “the possibility of threats against the British Monarchy is ever present from the Irish Republican Army (GONNA)”.
(With information from EFE)
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