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A box of 20 tapes was released to the public in late Oct 2014 at the Reagan Library in Los Angeles, days before our editor happened to visit, as the result of a Freedom of Information Act request by Dan Collings, researcher to the biography.
Among the haul were two Thatcher tapes, one of them on the crucial topic of the US invasion of Grenada, the other the call President Reagan made to her after he received news of the Brighton bomb.
margaretthatcher.org will publish the Reagan tapes in full, with MT the first batch
Later in the day of the Brighton Bomb President Reagan rang MT to express his concern and offer support. The tape released by the Reagan Library largely consists of silence, however, for the simple reason that MT wasn't at her desk when he rang. There is a kind of dark humour to it, as anxious staff at No.10 pop up on the line to make sure he is still there. The tape also ends in mid-flow.
Who made the recordings?
The answer is that the NSC staff used them to make accurate paper records of presidential phone conversations, which no one doubted had to be made. Calls were particularly difficult for the notetakers. For one thing, secure communications sometimes affected the audibility of the person on the other end of the line, making some words, particularly names, hard to catch. And the absence of visual cues made it harder still.