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CIA 'a Farce,' Khrushchev Says

Oct. 4, 1959, Khrushchev
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.

Oct. 4, 1959, Khrushchev
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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