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President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher tour the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, California, February 4, 1991. Thatcher's husband Denis is at right. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
President Reagan chats with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during State Arrival Ceremonies Thursday, February 26, 1981, at the White House. (AP Photo/stf)
President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher talk outside the Oval Office at the White House, July 17, 1987. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)
President Ronald Reagan is shown with the British Prime Minister, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, at the White House on February 20, 1985. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)
Leaders at the Summit - Heads of government attending the economic sumit in Williamsburg, Va., pose in front of the Colonial Capitol Sunday morning, May 29, 1983. From left : Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau; President European Communities Gaston Thorn; West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl; French President Francois Mitterrand; U.S. President Ronald Reagan; Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone; United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Italian Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani (AP-Photo/Ira Schwarz) 29.5.1983
Toronto Summit - Leaders at the Economic Summit in Toronto, Canada, line up for an outdoor photograph during the summit which lasted June 19 to 21, 1988. They are from left: U.S. President Ronald Reagan; Canadian Brian Mulroney; France's Francois Mitterrand; UK's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Japan's Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita; Chancellor Helmut Kohl of West Germany; Italy's Prime Minister Ciriaco de Mita, and EC President Jacques Delors. (AP-Photo) 19.6.1988
Jaqu, First Meeting- Heads of State sit down to their first session in the annual summit of industrialized nations Monday, May 5. 1986 at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Clockwise from left to foreground; prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, Japan; President Francois Mitterrand, France; Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers, Netherlands; President of the European Communities Jacques Delors; Chancellor Helmut Kohl, West Germany; Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, England; Prime Minister Bettino Craxi,Italy; Prime minister Brian Mulroney, Canada; and President Ronald Reagan, USA. (AP-Photo)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dance during the final state dinner of Reagan's presidency at the White House in Washington, D.C., Nov. 16, 1988. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)
Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan leads former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Ca., Monday, Feb. 4, 1991. In background is a piece from the Berlin Wall donated to the library. Thatcher is visiting the United States to attend Reagan's 80th brithday celebration Feb. 6. (AP Photo/Devork Djansezian)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher review an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony for Thatcher on the White House lawn in Washington, D.C., Nov. 16, 1988. (AP Photo/Scott Stewart)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, second left, stands with, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, left, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, second right, and Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at London's Buckingham Palace, prior to a dinner for summit leaders, June 10, 1984. (AP Photo)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan, left, and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wave from the door of 10 Downing Street in London, England, Thursday, June 7, 1984. The American president is attending a dinner given by Thatcher for western leaders attending the Economic Summit conference. (AP Photo/Dave Caulken)
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, left, and U.S. President Ronald Reagan stand outside the White House in Washington, D.C., in 1983, during Thatcher's visit to the United States. (AP Photo/White House)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks on the lawn of the White House with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher standing behind him during her visit to Washington, D.C., June 23, 1982. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan drives British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a golf cart after her arrival for a private visit at Camp David, Md., Dec. 22, 1984. (AP Photo)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan, right, and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher are seen at Camp David, Md., Dec. 22, 1984, during Thatcher's private visit. (AP Photo)
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, center, and U.S. President Ronald Reagan, left, look at models of a space station in London, England, on June 6, 1984. (AP Photo)
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pauses at the casket of former President Ronald Reagan where he was lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 9, 2004. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, prior to talks at 10 Downing Street, London, June 2, 1988. (AP Photo)
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher looks on as President Ronald Reagan of the United States looks at some papers during the opening session of the Economic Summit conference at London's Lancaster House on June 8, 1984. (AP Photo/Lana Harris)
President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher shortly after he arrived at 10 Downing Street, London, on June 5, 1984. (AP Photo)
President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan greet British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis as they arrive for a state dinner at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1988. This was the final state dinner for the Reagan's who have hosted some 54 previous dinners for heads of state. Thatcher was the first foreign leader to be honored by the couple at such an event early in 1981. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)
iFormer President Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, right, arrive at Reagan's 80th birthday party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1991. Proceeds from the $2500 per plate party are to be used for the Reagan Presidential Library. Behind the Reaganas is Merv Griffn abd Eva Gabor. AP Photo/Julie Markes)
Ronald Reagan walks with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as Mrs. Reagan and Thatcher's husband Dennis follow after the White House in Washington welcoming ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1988. The President and the Prime Minister then met in the Oval Office. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
President Ronald Reagan and Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stroll together in the grounds of Lancaster House on Friday, June 8, 1984 after the first session of the annual Economic summit conference. (AP Photo)
President Ronald Reagan has a word in the ear of Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, at a reception given by the British Government at London's St. James Palace on Thursday evening, June 7, 1984 for leaders attending the Economic Conference. (AP Photo)
President Ronald Reagan, Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Italian Premier Bettino Craxi, and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, examine a model of the proposed United States manned space station, during a break in the Economic Summit at London's Lancaster House on Saturday, June 9, 1984. The United States plans to spend eight billion dollars to build the space station. (AP Photo)
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, President Ronald Reagan, Japan's Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and Canada's Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (left to right) stand together in the garden of Palais Schaumburg here, today May 3, 1985, posing for a group shot during the World Economic Summit in Bonn. (AP Photo)
President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stand together at the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1988 in Washington during the official greeting ceremony for Thatcher. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
President Ronald Reagan stands by as Mrs.Nancy Reagan greets British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1988 in Washington. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
U.S. Pres. Ronald Reagan, left, and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher are shown talks at 10, Downing Street, Tuesday, June 5, 1984, London, England. (AP Photo)
U.S. Pres. Ronald Reagan, left, and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher are shown talks at 10, Downing Street, Tuesday, June 5, 1984, London, England. (AP Photo)
Pres. Ronald Reagan, left, folds his arms and listens, as Britains Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher issues the final communiqué of the Economic Summit, at the Guildhall, Saturday, June 9, 1984, London, England. (AP Photo)
President Ronald Reagan invites Britain?s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to make a statement following talks between the two at the White House, Thursday, Feb. 26, 1981 in Washington. (AP Photo)
President Ronald Reagan and Mrs. Nancy Reagan look on, as Britain?s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher reads from a document, prior to an official luncheon inside 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, June 8, 1982. President and Mrs. Reagan are currently on a three-day visit to Britain. (AP Photo)
President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speak to reporters just after her arrival, Wednesday, June 23, 1982 at the White House in Washington for a meeting. Mrs. Thatcher flew to Washington after an address the United Nations disarmament conference in New York for their first meeting since British troops recaptured the Falkland Island on June 14. (AP Photo)
Britain?s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher talks with U.S. President Ronald Reagan as they walk in the garden of the American Ambassador?s residence in Paris, Friday, June 4, 1982. Both leaders are in France for the Summit to be held at the Palace of Versailles which begins with a opening session on Saturday. (AP Photo)
President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher shake hands just before her departure from the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 23, 1982. The two leaders met in the Oval Office, the first time they have been together since Great Britain recaptured the Falkland Island on June 14. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher addresses the State Arrival Ceremony in her honor at the White House in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 26, 1981, as President Ronald Reagan wipes his face with a handkerchief. (AP Photo)
President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Thatcher meet at Providence Hall in Williamsburg on Saturday, May 28, 1983. They are here for the 1983 Summit of Industrialized Nations. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
Britain?s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and U.S. President Ronald Reagan share a joke at the expense of the gallery of press photographers at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday, Nov. 21, 1985 before the start of the NATO Council meeting. (AP Photo/Fritz Reiss)
US President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher congratulate each other on their speeches, in the Guildhall of the City of London on Friday, June 3, 1988. President Reagan was stopping over in London, following the Moscow Summit. First Lady Nancy Reagan is at center. (AP Photo)
Britain?s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher gestures at the gallery of press photographers in action before the North Atlantic Council meeting at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday, Nov. 21, 1985. President Reagan is also amused. (AP Photo/Scott Stewart)
British Prime Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan have a walk in the garden of Palais Schaumburg in Bonn on Friday, May 3, 1985 on their way to attend family photo session of World Economic Summit here. (AP Photo)
President Ronald Reagan is pulled along by his pet dog ?Lucky? while he and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher take a stroll in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1985 in Washington. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and U.S. President Ronald Reagan sit at the conference table during the opening of the seven-nation Economic Summit in Toronto on Sunday, June 19, 1988. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher shake hands, prior to a session of talks at 10 Downing Street in London on Thursday, June 2, 1988. President Reagan is stopping over in London on his way home from Moscow, to brief Mrs. Thatcher on his Summit Meeting with Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev. (AP Photo)
Former California Governor Mr. Ronald Reagan presenting a silver dollar medallion to Opposition leader Mrs. Margaret Thatcher when he visited her in her office at the House of Commons in London, on April 9, 1975. (AP Photo/Press Association)
Former United States President Ronald Reagan kisses former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as they met for tea at Claridges Hotel in London on Thursday, Dec. 6, 1990. Reagan?s wife Nancy, is obscured behind them. The two held a close relationship during their days of power and met at the Reagan?s hotel during his five-day visit to England. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
Former President Ronald Reagan greets former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at a Republican Dinner in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 3, 1994 at which the gathering celebrated Reagan?s 83 birthday. (AP Photo/Shayna Brennan)
FILE - U.S. President Ronald Reagan, right, and Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, share a laugh during a break from a session at the Ottawa Summit in this file photo dated July 21, 1981, at Government House in Ottawa, Canada. Personal papers from 1981 released Saturday March 17, 2012, by the Thatcher archive at Cambridge University in England, reveal that Thatcher was fascinated by U.S. President Reagan, and that she snatched and kept a page of his doodles from this G7 summit in Ottawa. Reagan left the piece of paper adorned with his sketches, sitting on a table at the Ottawa meeting when Margaret Thatcher picked it up and kept it, it is revealed in her papers released Saturday. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Feb. 20, 1985 file photo, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher meets with her friend and political ally President Ronald Reagan during a visit to the White House in Washington. Thatcher, who led Britain for 11 years, died of a stroke Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
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LONDON (AP) -- So sorry we kept it a secret. That was Ronald Reagan's message to Margaret Thatcher when U.S. troops invaded Grenada in 1983 without telling the British leader first.

The American president called the British prime minister as the invasion unfolded to apologize for keeping her in the dark, saying "I'm sorry for any embarrassment we caused you."

He said in a secret White House tape made public Monday that he feared possible leaks on the U.S. side that could have endangered the operation.

Reagan goes out of his way during the conversation to assure Thatcher that he had not shut her out over fears the British would leak the information.

He said the caution came about because of a "nagging problem" with leaks.

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