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Ted Kennedy and the KGB

Ted Kennedy is not even cold yet and we have the democrats using his death to push forward a political agenda. 

The Chappaquiddick episode is well documented.  Mr. Kennedy’s collusion with the KGB is equally disturbing.  During President Reagan’s administration Senator Kennedy allegedly colluded with the KGB in an effort to undermine the Reagan agenda.   The source of this information is Tim Sebastian of the London Times and BBC.  When Boris Yelstin came to power he opened the archives of the KGB.  The document was located and a story printed in the London Times in February 2nd, 1992.

The letter is dated May 13 , 1983 and from Viktor Chebrikov, to the head of the USSR, Yuri Andropov.  The letter claims senator John Tunney made an offer to reach out to the Soviet leadership.  Tunney informed Chebrikov that Senator Kennedy was deeply disturbed about the relationship between the USA and USSR.  Kennedy felt the cause of the deteriorating relationship was Reagan policies.  Kennedy allegedly expressed admiration for Andropov.

The letter claims Kennedy was willing to stop Reagan, his re election and his militarization/modernization of the US military.  Kennedy suggested a number of things the Soviets could do to enhance their image with the US public.  An offer to have interviews conducted with Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters were allegedly made.  

The document goes into more specifics.  The proposals made in this document are not out of line with some of the other propoganda coming out of Senator Kennedy at the time.  He fought Reagan hard on his modernization of the military and SDI program.  This information is not new.  It has been public for sometime and has not received much attention in the United States.  We are dealing with the KGB.  Move forward with caution.

It is VERY possible this is a document manufactured by the KGB, placed in a file as part of an internal operation.  It is possible this document is part of a KGB disinformation campaign.  It is possible Kennedy was acting in collusion by design and with the consent of the Reagan administration.  It is possible the document represents exactly what it reports and is not part of a KGB or another intelligence agency’s efforts to deceive.  ALL are equally with merit. 

So, as much as I disagreed with Kennedy on virtually everything, I am not in a position to accept at face value this alleged document.  Many right wingers are very quick to accept this document as legitimate.  They know nothing of how  intelligence organizations work and if they do, they are forgetting some very important lessons.  

Take yourself back to the late 80’s/early 90’s.  The KGB knows the end is near, they can see the writing on the wall.  They have a whole division dedicated to creating false intelligence.   In an effort to mis-direct foriegn intelligence operatives false information is deposited in their own system.  The goal is to create confusion and send those snooping in the files in a million false directions. 

Their are also internal reasons to plant this file.  I will not go into what those reasons might be.  Use your imagination.

I’ll also leave alone the possibility Kennedy was operating with the consent of the Reagan Administration.   Again, use your imagination.

This link gives a good summary of the document.  The Letter is posted below and copied from this web page.

Special Importance Committee on State Security of the USSR 14.05.1983 No. 1029 Ch/OV Moscow

Regarding Senator Kennedy’s request to the General Secretary of the Communist Party Comrade Y.V. Andropov Comrade Y.V. Andropov

On 9-10 May of this year, Senator Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant J. Tunney was in Moscow. The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov:

Senator Kennedy, like other rational people, is very troubled by the current state of Soviet-American relations. Events are developing such that this relationship coupled with the general state of global affairs will make the situation even more dangerous. The main reason for this is Reagan’s belligerence, and his firm commitment to deploy new American middle range nuclear weapons within Western Europe.

According to Kennedy, the current threat is due to the President’s refusal to engage any modification on his politics. He feels that his domestic standing has been strengthened because of the well publicized improvements of the economy: inflation has been greatly reduced, production levels are increasing as is overall business activity. For these reasons, interest rates will continue to decline. The White House has portrayed this in the media as the “success of Reaganomics.”

Naturally, not everything in the province of economics has gone according to Reagan’s plan. A few well known economists and members of financial circles, particularly from the north-eastern states, foresee certain hidden tendencies that may bring about a new economic crisis in the USA. This could bring about the fall of the presidential campaign of 1984, which would benefit the Democratic party. Nevertheless, there are no secure assurances this will indeed develop.

The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations. These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign. The movement advocating a freeze on nuclear arsenals of both countries continues to gain strength in the United States. The movement is also willing to accept preparations, particularly from Kennedy, for its continued growth. In political and influential circles of the country, including within Congress, the resistance to growing military expenditures is gaining strength.

However, according to Kennedy, the opposition to Reagan is still very weak. Reagan’s adversaries are divided and the presentations they make are not fully effective. Meanwhile, Reagan has the capabilities to effectively counter any propaganda. In order to neutralize criticism that the talks between the USA and the USSR are non-constructive, Reagan will grandiose, but subjectively propagandistic. At the same time, Soviet officials who speak about disarmament will be quoted out of context, silenced or groundlessly and whimsically discounted. Although arguments and statements by officials of the USSR do appear in the press, it is important to note the majority of Americans do not read serious newspapers or periodicals.

Kennedy believes that, given the current state of affairs, and in the interest of peace, it would be prudent and timely to undertake the following steps to counter the militaristic politics of Reagan and his campaign to psychologically burden the American people. In this regard, he offers the following proposals to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Y.V. Andropov.

1. Kennedy asks Y.V. Andropov to consider inviting the senator to Moscow for a personal meeting in July of this year. The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA. He would also like to inform you that he has planned a trip through Western Europe, where he anticipates meeting England’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President Mitterand in which he will exchange similar ideas regarding the same issues.

If his proposals would be accepted in principle, Kennedy would send his representative to Moscow to resolve questions regarding organizing such a visit.

Kennedy thinks the benefit of a meeting with Y.V. Andropov will be enhanced if he could also invite one of the well known Republican senators, for example, Mark Hatfield. Such a meeting will have a strong impact on American and political circles in the USA. (In March of 1982, Hatfield and Kennedy proposed a project resolution to freeze the nuclear arsenals of the USA and the USSR and published a book on this theme as well.)

2. Kennedy believes that in order to influence Americans it would be important to organize in August-September of this year, televised interviews with Y.V. Andropov in the USA. A direct appeal by the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to the American people will, without a doubt, attract a great deal of attention and interest in the country. The senator is convinced this would receive the maximum resonance in so far as television is the most effective method of mass media and information.

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 interviews. Specifically, the president of the board of directors of ABC, Elton Raul and 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.

Furthermore, with the same purpose in mind, a series of televised interviews in the USA with lower level Soviet officials, particularly from the military would be organized. They would also have an opportunity to appeal directly to the American people about the peaceful intentions of the USSR, with their own arguments about maintaining a true balance of power between the USSR and the USA in military terms. This issue is quickly being distorted by Reagan’s administration.

Kennedy asked to convey that this appeal to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union is his effort to contribute a strong proposal that would root out the threat of nuclear war, and to improve Soviet-American relations, so that they define the safety of the world. Kennedy is very impressed with the activities of Y.V. Andropov and other Soviet leaders, who expressed their commitment to heal international affairs, and improve mutual understanding between peoples.

The senator underscored that he eagerly awaits a reply to his appeal, the answer to which may be delivered through Tunney.

Having conveyed Kennedy’s appeal to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Tunney also explained that Senator Kennedy has in the last few years actively made appearances to reduce the threat of war. Because he formally refused to partake in the election campaign of 1984, his speeches would be taken without prejudice as they are not tied to any campaign promises. Tunney remarked that the senator wants to run for president in 1988. At that time, he will be 56 and his personal problems, which could hinder his standing, will be resolved (Kennedy has just completed a divorce and plans to remarry in the near future). Taken together, Kennedy does not discount that during the 1984 campaign, the Democratic party may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans and elect their candidate president. This would explain why he is convinced that none of the candidates today have a real chance at defeating Reagan.

We await instructions.

President of the committee V. Chebrikov

  1. mbs
    August 31, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    If the document were planted by the KGB and was not accurate, I would expect Kennedy to have disputed its contents when it was first published by Paul Kengor in his book The Crusader, in 2006. Instead, when the document was published, “Senator Kennedy’s office didn’t dispute its authenticity, instead ambiguously (and briefly) arguing with its “interpretation.” Based on that, I think the document is exactly what it appears to be.


  2. August 31, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Could be that the KGB intentionally misrepresented Kennedy?

    Could be he was sent by Reagan to create confusion in Russia. Leading the Russians to think Kennedy would play nice? Many things possible and many layers. I just don’t trust anything when it comes from an intelligence agency. To many agenda’s.

    Very definitely could be exactly what it appears to be.

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