A recently released FBI file alleges that a young Edward M. Kennedy made arrangements to rent a brothel in Santiago, Chile for a night in 1961.
Public interest group Judicial Watch first obtained an almost completely redacted version of the file last July. After months of arguing the the blackouts were baseless, the FBI released the file (.pdf) in a largely unredacted form.
The document details Kennedy’s 1961 visit to Chile, where he allegedly “made arrangements to ‘rent’ a brothel for an entire night.”
“Kennedy allegedly invited one of the chauffeurs in for the night’s activities,” the document adds.
While touring Central and South American countries, the future senator was also reportedly interested in meeting with “leftists” to determine “why they think as they do.”
“While in Mexico City, Kennedy asked the Ambassador to invite left-wingers to the Embassy where he could interview them; however, the Ambassador refused to do so and stated that if any such interviews were to be conducted, all arrangements would have to be made by Kennedy himself.”
“Douglas Henderson, State official in Lima, confidentially advised that Kennedy had made similar requests in Peru. Henderson described Kennedy as a pompous and spoiled brat,” the memo notes.
Dennis Argall, assistant section chief for the records dissemination section of the FBI, explained the delay in releasing the memo by saying the FBI had to check with the originating agency before releasing it to the public.
“We had to send it to another agency and when the information came back, that is when it was released,” he told The Boston Globe.
The document indicates that it originated with the CIA and State Department.
“The FBI’s reluctance to follow the law and release this material shows that it, too, is not above politics,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
“We will continue to investigate why the FBI improperly chose to keep this information secret.”
Read the entire document below.