Ted Kennedy ‘arranged to rent brothel in Latin America’

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

WASHINGTON - Ted Kennedy, the late US senator, arranged to rent an entire brothel for a night while on a visit to Chile and other Latin American countries in 1961-a year before he was elected to the Senate, it has emerged.

Judicial Watch, a watchdog group, released several documents including a 1961 State Department memo that is said to be from Kennedy’s FBI file, reports Fox News.

The group said it obtained a cleaner copy of the State Department memo after a mostly redacted version was made public earlier.

The Dec. 28, 1961, memo described a tour of several Latin American countries Kennedy made while he was an assistant prosecutor with Suffolk County, Mass.

The memo said that during Kennedy’s stop in Santiago, “he made arrangements to ‘rent’ a brothel for an entire night.”

Also, Kennedy allegedly “invited one of the Embassy chauffeurs to participate in the night’s activities,” states the memo.

The memo suggested other officials had run-ins with Kennedy on the trip. It said that in Mexico, Ambassador Mann-presumably longtime State Department diplomat Thomas Mann-pushed back when Kennedy wanted to invite “certain left-wingers” to the embassy residence for interviews.

“Mann took the strong position that he would not invite such people and stated that if any such interviews were to be conducted, all arrangements should be made by Kennedy himself,” said the memo.

A State Department official in Lima said Kennedy “made similar requests” in Peru.

The documents obtained by Judicial Watch also include a July 1969 FBI memo detailing a threatening letter Kennedy apparently received earlier that month.

The two authors of the letter claimed they’d accepted 20,000 dollars a piece “to bump your nasty … off.” An obscenity, one of many in the note, was redacted. The letter went on to repeatedly threaten Kennedy’s life.

Kennedy, who went on to represent Massachusetts as one of the longest-serving US senators in history, died in August 2009 after a battle with brain cancer. (ANI)

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