FBI: In '61, Ted Kennedy Rented Out 'Entire Brothel'

Classified memo describes decadent partying in Chile
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2011 5:01 PM CST
Ted Kennedy Rented Brothel While Touring Latin America in 1961
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) speaks in a effort to court Hispanic voters, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, while campaigning for Barrack Obama.   (AP Photo/Toby Jorrin)

While John F Kennedy sat in the most powerful office on Earth, little brother Ted was off renting out an entire Chilean brothel during a 1961 tour of Latin America, reports the Boston Globe. A previously redacted FBI memo, which Judicial Watch says it obtained despite a battle from the Obama administration and the FBI, says Kennedy, then a 29-year-old assistant DA, even invited an embassy chauffeur to partake in the festivities.

Kennedy was in the region to talk to "leftists"—alternately referred to as "angry young men" in the memo. Kennedy's hard-partying ways might not have gone unnoticed: one member of the government in Lima called him "pompous" and a "spoiled brat." Not everybody's buying the veracity of the memo, though: "The stuff that turns up in FBI, or even CIA, documents is third-hand. It is somebody who ran into somebody in a hotel lobby who thought he saw Kennedy doing something. ... These raw files are very far from substantiated reality," says a Kennedy biographer. (More Ted Kennedy stories.)

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