Queen Elizabeth threatened with assassination in US – FBI – RT World News
Newly released documents detail ‘ever-present’ danger to British monarch
A trove of recently released FBI documents detailed an alleged IRA plot to kill Queen Elizabeth while the British monarch was on a state visit to the United States in 1983.
The documents, which can be viewed on the FBI’s online vault after their release on Monday, claim that federal agents received credible intelligence about threats to the Queen’s life when she and her husband, the Duke of ‘Edinburgh, were visiting California 40 years ago.
According to the documents, a San Francisco police officer received a call from “a man who claimed his daughter was killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet” following a meeting in a bar. The bar in question was described as being “Frequented by supporters of the Provisional Irish Republican Army.”
The decades-old intelligence adds that the man threatened to harm the monarch “either by dropping an object from the Golden Gate Bridge onto the Royal Yacht Britannia as it sails below, or by attempting to kill Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Yosemite National Park.”
The US Secret Service intended to close the walkways on the San Francisco Bridge as the yacht approached, the documents say, although they made no mention of security arrangements for the Queen’s visit to Yosemite. No details of the arrests related to the investigation were noted.
Another document in the 103 pages released by the FBI, which was shared following a Freedom of Information request by US media, shows a man was charged in 1976 for flying a small plane over New York with a sign saying “England, get out of Ireland” while the queen was visiting the city.
In 1989, an internal FBI memo also detailed the documents called “always present” threat to the British Monarchy from the Irish Republican Army (IRA), while in 1991 the Secret Service was warned that “Irish Bands” planned to demonstrate en masse against the Queen at a baseball game she planned to attend with then-US President George HW Bush.
The Queen’s second cousin, Lord Mountbatten, was murdered by an IRA bomb in County Sligo, Ireland in 1979.
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