The Other Watergate Conspiracy
By Cliff Kincaid
There is no question that Nixon was forced out of office for corrupt practices which also occurred under other administrations. Victor Lasky’s classic book, It Didn’t Start With Watergate, set the record straight on that score.” Other scandals that received far less attention included:
One of the main culprits of the Watergate scandal, John Dean, who spent 4 months in prison, surfaced as a media hero. He has also surfaced as an expert on the alleged scandalous behavior of the Bush Administration, writing the book, Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, and the Trump Administration.
But the facts, which have survived several challenges in court, indicate that Dean had a much bigger role in Watergate than reported by Woodward and Bernstein. The book Silent Coup argues that the Watergate break-ins were really meant to cover up embarrassing information about a call-girl ring whose “Madame” was a roommate of John Dean’s wife, and that John Dean ordered the break-ins. Watergate, as Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy maintains, was “a Dean Operation.”
History Professor Joan Hoff adds her voice to this debate, saying, “Why do mainstream journalists and scholars continue to insist that the desire for political intelligence produced the Watergate break-ins on May 28 and June 17, 1972? FBI evidence has long existed showing that the office of the head of the DNC, Larry O’Brien, which should have been the logical target of a political espionage operation, had not been the target of either break-in. Instead, the burglars concentrated both times on the office of R. Spencer Oliver, the national president of the Young Democrats and executive director of the State Democratic Chairmen, and of his secretary Ida Maxwell (“Maxie”) Wells. While Oliver was seldom at DNC headquarters, Wells worked every day there.”
“One of the burglars, Eugenio Rolando Martinez, had a key to Wells’s desk, but when Liddy announced on his radio program some 20 years later that her desk was the target because it contained information about a prostitution ring supposedly operating out of the DNC, she unsuccessfully sued him for defamation in Federal District Court. A judge in one decision cited material from the 1991 book, Silent Coup: The Removal of a President by Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin saying that there was credible evidence backing Liddy’s statements about call girl arrangements being made over her phone. Then, of course, there was the key to her desk, which after being photographed as evidence, had been ‘lost’ by the FBI.”
The Post has said that, “we do know what happened at Watergate-and it had nothing to do with prostitutes.” The paper called the Silent Coup and Liddy versions of Watergate a “conspiracy theory.” Of course, Watergate was a conspiracy, too.
In my video, “The Washington Post is An Arm of the CIA,” author and attorney John O'Connor discussed Russia-gate in the context of his book, Postgate, about how the Washington Post worked with the CIA to bring down another Republican president, Richard Nixon. He explained the real story of Watergate is how Post Watergate reporter Bob Woodward deflected attention away from the evidence of how the CIA was collecting blackmail material on Democratic Party political figures. Go to www.postgatebook.com