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Thatcher files released

Thatcher files released
The Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands took Margaret Thatcher by surprise, government papers have shown.

Files released under the 30-year rule show the former prime minister "never expected" Argentina to invade the Islands, and only saw it was likely after getting "raw intelligence" two days before the invasion.

In behind-closed-doors evidence to the Falkland Islands Review Committee in October 1982 Mrs Thatcher said she thought it would be "absurd" for Argentina to seek to take the Islands by force.

"I never, never expected the Argentines to invade the Falklands head-on. It was such a stupid thing to do, as events happened, such a stupid thing even to contemplate doing", she told the committee.

"I thought that they would be so absurd and ridiculous to invade the Falklands that I did not think it would happen. Nevertheless, one has always to make contingency plans, and soon after we got the South Georgia incident happening."

It has also been revealed that TV presenter Jimmy Savile was in close contact with the former prime minister, telling her that he loved her in hand-written notes.

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