Top secret blunder reveals Wilson's war fears

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A top secret document outlining Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s concerns about the Vietnam War to the American president was left lying around a high street bank, newly released papers have revealed.

The fax, sent by the Labour leader to Lyndon B Johnson in 1967, voiced his fears that Britain was in danger of being portrayed as America’s “stooge”.

It was accidentally left in the Bank of Scotland on London’s Regent Street by an official of the Foreign Office and later discovered by a member of the diplomatic service before a major security breach occurred.

The document, released by the National Archives at Kew, was written after the Soviet premier Yuri Kosygin came to Britain for talks with Mr Wilson about the US bombing campaign in communist North Vietnam.

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