Secret file left in the Bank of Scotland

November 2007

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Secret file left in the Bank of Scotland

The document in question is an official Foreign Office communication from the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson to US President Lyndon B Johnson. The fax deals with the visit to the UK by the Soviet Premier Yuri Kosygin and relates details of their conversations about the US bombing campaign in Vietnam. Wilson discusses in frank terms the political fall-out in the UK resulting form the unpopularity of the US presence in Vietnam.

The message was re-discovered by a member of the Diplomatic Service in the Bank of Scotland branch on Regent Street after being mistakenly left behind by the Principal Private Secretary of the Foreign Office.

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