The U.S. news agency Associated Press (AP) apologized posthumous, Friday, May 4, to a reporter that he had dismissed because he had broken an arms embargo, announcing the hour before the capitulation of the Germany in 1945.
This new, the biggest scoop of the war, had also led to the expulsion of the journalist, Edward Kennedy , the arm and American with whom he was accredited. "It was a terrible day for AP. This case was managed in the worst way, "said the head of the U.S. agency, Tom Curley .
Mr. Kennedy was among a group of seventeen journalists at Reims May 7, 1945 to cover the meeting at which the German forces signed their surrender. But the Soviet Union of Stalin wanted the victory was announced in Berlin, the Red Army had just taken a few days before, and journalists had agreed to wait a second ceremony will be held before disseminating information .
The journalists had been asked to retain information for a few hours, then finally thirty-six hours, until 3:00 p.m. May 8, 1945, that the AP reporter did not do. A reason, according to boss the news agency.
"When the war is over, we can not retain information that way. The world needs to know, "said Tom Curley. Edward Kennedy died in a car accident in 1963, but his daughter Julia Kennedy Cochran, said he was deeply moved by the apology offered by his former employer. "I think it would have meant a lot to him," she said.
The journalist said he had asked a military charge of the censorship lift the embargo. When he refused, he used a military phone unattended for sending information to the AP office in London, that had aired a few minutes later.