CIA 'a Farce,' Khrushchev Says
September 19, 2009 | 8:00 am
Oct. 4, 1959, Republic Corp. President Victor M. Carter describes comments made by Nikita Khrushchev during a tour of housing developments in the San Fernando Valley. Khrushchev told ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge that the Soviets had intercepted and read secret messages between President Eisenhower and foreign leaders.
|Los Angeles Mayor Norris Poulson asked Carter to serve as a guide because he was Russian-born and spoke the language fluently. However, there was evidently friction between Carter and Khrushchev. The Soviet leader remarked that Carter could not be a true American, apparently because Carter was a Russian Jew and was born in Rostov, the site of massacres by the czar's cossacks, according to a 1959 analysis by The Times.
According to The Times, Khrushchev's motorcade visited a housing tract centered at 16200 Rinaldi St.
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