WASHINGTON (Dec. 11)
Secretary of State Henry A, Kissinger is under the heaviest guard given any American apart from the President because of a threat reported to have come from the Black September gang of Arab terrorists on his life during his travels in Europe and the Middle East this week.
State Department spokesman John King would neither confirm nor deny that Black September is involved. He said “there was a threat” but would not identify its source except to say it was “from overseas.” King added. “Based on the information received and the source it came from we had to take it seriously. We reasonably believed there to be a possibility of a threat on the Secretary.” According to reports received from European capitals. a Palestinian terrorist was reported to have left the, Middle East for Europe last week to lay the groundwork to assassinate Kissinger.
“Appropriate precautions” taken to protect Kissinger include a cover of about 100 Secret Service and State Department agents, some armed with shotguns, for Kissinger’s arrival in a London airport today from Paris where he had conferred the past two days with NATO officials, it was reported-here. He leaves London tomorrow for talks with leaders in Egypt. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Israel before going to Geneva Dec. 17 for the conference expected to begin there Dec. 18 between Israelis and Arabs.