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Spy Vs. Spy

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In reference to D.P. Sorensen’s column on Bob Bennett and Watergate [“Long Bob’s Intrigues,” May 20, City Weekly]: Jim Hougan—author of Secret Agenda: Watergate, Deep Throat and the CIA, the best book on Watergate—obtained thousands of pages of FBI documents through the Freedom of Information Act pertaining to Watergate that were never available to the Ervin Committee. Hougan discovered that telephones in the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee were never bugged, but that false evidence—a crude, defunct bugging device—was planted inside the DNC months after the Watergate arrests to conceal the truth. E. Howard Hunt and James McCord were secretly working for the CIA while using the White House as a cover for domestic intelligence operations that included spying upon the Nixon administration.

Bob Woodward said that “the covert activities involve the whole U.S. intelligence community and are incredible. The cover-up had little to do with Watergate, but was mainly to protect the covert operations.” The Washington Post did not want to get into the matter. Deep Throat, in his last reported message to Woodward, contradicted the thrust of the Senate investigation and The Washington Post’s reports.

Bill Bain
Salt Lake City