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British Spying in New York -- How Churchill and British MI6 Kept an Eye on Joe Kennedy in pre WII America.

I'm not given any credence to President Trump's claim of British spying in Manhattan. But if true, it wouldn't be the first time. For  my 2014 book WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys," I found British National Archives files that reveal  surveillance reports on former U.S. Amb. Joseph P. Kennedy's activities in America after he returned home from London. The British spy agency MI6, with Churchill's approval, kept an office for covert spying inside Manhattan's Rockefeller Center. British  agents collected reports about Kennedy who was an outspoken opponent of U.S. entry into World War II. Churchill and the British spy agency were concerned with Kennedy's impact on American public opinion. One of those who kept an eye on Kennedy was British actor Douglas Fairbanks in Hollywood.

Here's an excerpt from "WHEN LIONS ROAR" that mentions it...

Chapter 25

“The Masters of Our Fate”

“Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of t…