The Kennedy KGB letter Updated with info about the NIE leak

posted at 10:47 pm on October 20, 2006 by Bryan

So you want answers, eh? Not satisfied with the CNS report?

I’ve got answers.

There’s a new book on Ronald Reagan making the rounds, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism. Its author, Paul Kengor, unearthed a sensational document from the Soviet archives. That document is a memo regarding an offer made by Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts via former Senator John Tunney, both Democrats, to the General Secretary of the Communist Party, USSR, Yuri Andropov, in 1983. The offer was to help the Soviet leadership, military and civilian, conduct a PR campaign in the United States as President Ronald Reagan sought re-election. The goal of the PR campaign would be to cast President Reagan as a warmonger, the Soviets as willing to peacefully co-exist, and thereby turn the electorate away from Reagan. It was a plan to enlist Soviet help, and use the American press, in unseating an American president.

Think about that.

I received a review copy of The Crusader on Wednesday. The book first references the Kennedy plan on page 206, and includes the complete Soviet memo, dated May 14, 1983, in the Appendix. It’s an eye opener.

If the proposal is recognized as worthy, then Kennedy and his friends will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y. V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interview. Specifically, the board of directors of ABC, Elton Raul and the television columnists Walter Cronkite or Barbara Walters could visit Moscow. The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side.

Just, not the senator himself. Because collaborating with the leadership of a foreign state to unseat an American president, by whatever means, could be seen by Americans as treasonous. No fingerprints, that’s the rule. Who knew Reagan would win and then defeat the USSR, so this document could see the light of day?

The Kennedy KGB memo runs about four pages. If there’s an honest liberal left in the country, it would be nice to have their take on this revelation.

Update: Hoo-boy. The Congressional staffer who was suspended on suspicion of leaking the NIE has been revealed. He works for Democrat Rep. Jane Harman.

Update: I should clear up a misconception that’s making the rounds, and that’s the authorship of the memo. Ted Kennedy didn’t write the memo. The memo’s author is V. Chebrikov, head of the Committee on State Security of the USSR–the KGB. It seems to have been written as an after-action in response to a meeting with former Sen. John V. Tunney. Tunney had been sent to the USSR to propose the strategy on Kennedy’s behalf to Andropov. The timing of the meeting isn’t immediately clear from the memo, but if the meeting took place it was most likely in late April or early May 1983.

I think the next step here is to nail down the authenticity of the memo. If it’s real, then the story is obviously very significant. If it’s not real, there’s no story here at all.

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Ted Kennedy reminds me of the villian at the end of that anime toon “Akira”. He just keeps getting bigger & fatter. (except Kennedy doesn’t cry “Help me”.)

Coronagold on October 22, 2006 at 11:07 AM

Tetsuo was the victim of an evil government plot whereas Kennedy is the evil government.

Iblis on October 22, 2006 at 2:34 PM

There once was a Kennedy, Ted
His date, in the Pond wound up dead
After breakfast he lied
“Err ahh, to save her I tried”
Saved his seat in the Senate instead

RalphyBoy on October 22, 2006 at 4:14 PM

When I read the healine i was shocked. But after thinking about it not so much. i find it very likely it is true, but what can actually be proven? will anything happen? unlikely.

What is really amazing is liberals and the media will run tripping over each other embracing random memos of unknown origin that might show G.W.B. got a favor because his father had power. Wow who even cares?? But secret document from KGB archives and Honora asks if it has Kennedy’s signature! Amazing!

I will continue to vote against Kennedy in every election but it does no good he is like royalty im embarrased to say he represents me.

Resolute on October 22, 2006 at 4:23 PM

Documents are fine, but given that forging is certainly not beyond the capabilities of a competent intellince agency (motive or opportunity is different matter), it sure would be nice for two or three people to come forward and corroborate the story.

Any [more] Russians to come forward & vouch for what happened?

As for Ted: I’m rooting for some coerced interrogation. No waterboarding – just hold him, strap him down & stop serving him drinks until he cracks.

RD on October 22, 2006 at 4:59 PM

I think the best possible punishment for his treason, is that he get his bloat sucked without anesthesia.

Jewel on October 22, 2006 at 7:33 PM

Jesus, I can’t wait till that lard ass dies.

I hope he chokes on his vodka laced vomit while sailing in his boxer shorts off the coast of the Vineyard with six underage catholic schoolgirls he lured onto his sailboat with stories of his nephew John and offers to pet his puppy, “splash”.

Alden Pyle on October 22, 2006 at 9:24 PM

Has anyone heard this mentioned anywhere else yet?

RightWinged on October 23, 2006 at 12:02 AM

You need a new Update: How much per click do you get from your Amazon link?

BigB on October 23, 2006 at 12:15 AM

I can’t wait to see Ann Coulter’s column on this. Can conservatives use the Dan Rather defence? Fake, but accurate.

archon2001 on October 23, 2006 at 9:54 AM

This should be of no surprise to anyone, after all look at who his father Joe rubbed shoulders with during WWII.

Wade on October 21, 2006 at 7:07 PM

Joe Kennedy was famously anti-war, cozy with the Germans. Was there a Russian connection as well.

So where’s the verification on this story?

honora on October 23, 2006 at 10:13 AM

Honora wrote: “Anyway so that makes two of us who are really good looking and charming on AH….”



georgej on October 21, 2006 at 1:07 PM

Okay, okay, 3 of us….

honora on October 23, 2006 at 10:14 AM

Chowda’ Head!!

Fargus on October 23, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Joe Kennedy was famously anti-war, cozy with the Germans.


The Kennedys hate jews.

Everyone knows that.

JackM on October 23, 2006 at 12:49 PM

Joe Kennedy was famously anti-war, cozy with the Germans.


The Kennedys hate jews.

Everyone knows that.

JackM on October 23, 2006 at 12:49 PM

Ok, no more entries for the jump the shark award today. We have a winner.

honora on October 23, 2006 at 1:01 PM

Tunney (never had a job because my dad was heavy-weight champ) was elected on the coat tails of the Kennedy’s. Went to school with them and ran around California with a the Kennedy “ahkcent”. He was their “boy”, their page so to speak. It would be like Kennedy to use someone else to do his dirty work. Isn’t that the liberal mantra “I will sacrifice everything you have, for what I want”. I will sacrifice a girl, a friend, a colleague, a brother, a country, to retain what is rightfully mine.
What a pathetic man.

right2bright on October 23, 2006 at 1:07 PM

I can’t think of any Kennedy worth the air they are breathing.

Gooch on October 23, 2006 at 1:32 PM

There are no statute of limitations for treason!
The Republican party can gain instant capitol by charging this rotten democratscum bag for sedition against the United States. Not only has he blabbed it on numerous occasions himself, but now thanks to the KGB, there’s hard evidence.

byteshredder on October 23, 2006 at 1:51 PM

If this story has legs, someone should break Teddy’s for being a miserable, fat, bloviating, alcoholic, traitorious windbag. IF this story is false, he is still a fat, bloviating, alcoholic windbag.

Solarflared on October 23, 2006 at 1:59 PM