The latest batch of Wikileaks cables have lifted the lid on persistent US attempts to extradite the British royal family to stand trial for the 1775-83 war.
And the dispatches from the American embassy in London to Washington, which date back to the 1960s, reveal that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher came close to granting the US its wish in 1988.
The Americans have traditionally always sought the royals' extradition to answer charges relating to the so-called War of Independence.
However, it was thought that official attempts to extradite had long been abandoned but the leaked documents show a steady stream of requests for the Queen to be handed over.
They say the British crown is guilty of state-sponsored terrorism after waging the war on the north American continent.
The latest request was as recent as 2009, when Hilary Clinton wrote to then foreign minister David Milliband.
A cable from April that year reads: 'HMG has confirmed that the Secretary of State's letter has been received but that their position is unmoved.'
However, dispatches from 1988 paint a less firm stance by Mrs Thatcher's government.
A cable dated August 1988 reads: 'The ambassador met with Mrs Thatcher today and received some strong hints that she is sympathetic to our requests.
'The relationship between the PM and HRH is known to be strained and the suggestion is that some senior royals could be offered up in return for a few carriers and a nuclear sub or two.'
Before negotiations could be concluded, though, Mrs Thatcher was swept from power and the royal family were allowed to stay in the UK.
Washington would not comment on the cables but a source said: 'Clinton really hates that woman (the Queen) and won't rest until she's in jail.
'They haven't got on since Bill Clinton stayed at Buckingham Palace and mysteriously ended up in her bedroom.'