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Phoney Thatcher-Reagan tape spooked British spies

Published on Jan 2, 2014 10:34 PM

LONDON (AFP) - A fake tape of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher arguing over the Falklands War had the British secret services scrambling to identify the culprits, archive files released on Friday showed.

The tape, supposedly a telephone recording of then United States president Reagan and the British prime minister, was anonymously sent to several Dutch newspapers during the 1983 UK general election.

In the faked exchange about the 1982 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina, Mr Reagan urged restraint while Ms Thatcher wanted Buenos Aires punished "as quickly as possible".

The tape was constructed by cutting up and reassembling sound clips of the two leaders.

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