Watergate at 50: New documents expose DNC call girl ring, CIA moles, and the national security state’s plot against Nixon – IOTW Report

Watergate at 50: New documents expose DNC call girl ring, CIA moles, and the national security state’s plot against Nixon

RCP: “The one duty we owe to history,” said Oscar Wilde, “is to rewrite it.” By this admirable standard, no non-fiction writer of the 20th century fulfilled his duty to history – to the record of our times – more fully, more brilliantly, than Jim Hougan.

When Secret Agenda: Watergate, Deep Throat and the CIA was first published by Random House in November 1984 – more than a decade after the resignation and pardon of Richard Nixon – it presented such a large volume of new and revelatory information about a subject so widely considered exhausted that the book was greeted with the staggered astonishment typically reserved for apparitions.

“If even half of this is true,” wrote J. Anthony Lukas in the New York Times Book Review, “Secret Agenda will add an important new dimension to our understanding of Watergate.” Lukas’ was an important voice. A Pulitzer Prize-winner, he had covered Watergate for the New York Times Magazine and wrote Nightmare: The Underside of the Nixon Years in 1976. This critically acclaimed book was the first comprehensive account of Watergate. “But,” Lukas added, “it may be months before reporters can sort through this material, check Mr. Hougan’s sources and decide which of these revelations is solid gold, which dross.”

Now, 40 years after Secret Agenda appeared, the verdict is in. While some of Hougan’s analytic conclusions have come under challenge – including by me, an avowed acolyte of the author – the wealth of new facts and documentation he presented has stood the test of time. Where once it seemed impossible to reckon with the contribution Secret Agenda made to Watergate, it is now impossible to reckon with Watergate, even after the release of thousands more tapes and documents, without reference to Hougan. more

8 Comments on Watergate at 50: New documents expose DNC call girl ring, CIA moles, and the national security state’s plot against Nixon

  1. If Nixon was the least bit innocent he would of faught all charges. Never the less, still far from the worst President. His wanting trade relationship with China & pushing this agenda, has now come back & bit us in the ass.

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  2. Had the “opening up” of China happened in more recent times under a democrat president, the World Government types would have praised him as a big hero.

    Because he opened up China as a place for US investment (i.e., moving US manufacturing over there), I consider him to have been a terrible President whose actions weakened us considerably.

    I think Kissinger was the architect of that Open China policy, which paved the way for the potentially worst enemy of the US, ever. Maybe Kissinger and Nixon did not consider the long-term effects, but they should have.

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  3. Read the book years ago. John Dean’s wife and the call girl angle, as well as Bob Woodward’s navel intel background I found very interesting in light of common knowledge of the whole incident.

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