Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 23, 1974 · Page 8
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June 23, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 8

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 23, 1974
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CABLES ac ac ac a r s c a r o e a e a r i a r a e a c r r a c ' ^ r IVeir Information Draws Nixon Into Mystery By Lawrence Meyer (C) IfofkiHgtoa Post WASHINGTON - Sometime during the Christmas week of 1972. then acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray III took a sheaf of classified documents from his Stonington, Conn., home and burned them with assorted paper, ribbons and bows collected during the seasonal gift-giving. According to later testimony by Gray, he glanced at one of the documents before burning it and was "shaken" by what he read. "I do not recall the exact language," Gray testified later, "but the text of the cable implicated officials of the Kennedy administration in the assassination of President Diem of South Vietnam." wi Btiievt tm BIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES THE CABLE was a forgery, later admitted to by Watergate conspirator and sometime White House plumber E. Howard Hunt Jr. the full story of its fabrication and purpose has been slow in unfolding. Now. information in papers filed in U.S. District.Court here last week by attorneys for former top White House aide John D. Ehrlichman has created a juxtapostion of events that raises new questions about what relationships may exist between presidential actions and the Hunt forgery. The story goes back to a remark made by President Nixon during a press confernce he held on Sept. 16, 1971, when South Vietnam was preparing to hold an election with the incumbent president, Nguyen Van Thieu, running unopposed. M. Nixon was asked what he thought about using "leverage" to "redeem the. situation." · · In response, Nixon said, among other tilings, that if the suggestion was that "the United States should use its leverage now to overthrow Thieu, 1 would remind all concerned that the way we got into Vietnam was through overthrowing (President Ngo Dinh) Diem and the complicity in the murder of Diem. . . . ' ! . \ President Nixon's statement about United States i;·'; "complicity" in theassassina- Uion of Diem did not bj^ing any 'followup questions from; re- - fporters or create any stir ·among them /after the press -conference. According to one participant in the press con; f erence, the charge of Ameri- ; can" complicity; in Diem's death was common enough in : Washington that it might easi- ; ly go unremarked by reporters. ' · · · - · · · . . .,' '·.. - President Nixon still may .have been interested two days later, however, in the coup : that overthrew Diem and took his life. According to. a brief filed in U.S. District Court here last Thursday by lawyers for Ehrlichman, "Discussions on Sept. 18, 1971, reflect the President requesting that Ehrlichman have room 16 em- ployes obtain documents on the Diem coup to prepare for an upcoming press conference." Room 16, located in the executive Office Building, was the headquarters of the special White House investigative until known as the plumbers. Two days later, on Sept. 20, 1971, according to the State Department, White House aide David Young later revealed to be a member of the plumbers group, phoned the State Department and 7 asked that Howard Hunt be given access to cable traffic to and from Saigon for period-April 1 -- Nov. 30, 1963 -- a period that included the coup. According to State Department spokesman Charles W. Bray, Hunt obtained copies of 240 cables from the State Department. Hunt had been hired on the recommendation of special presidential counsel Charles W. Colson as a $100-a-day consultant by the White House in July, 1971, after publication of the Pentagon Papers in several newspapers. Hunt's purported task was to declassify the Pentagon Papers but from the outset he was directed into other; covert activities. It is not clear whether Hunt had access to documents in the State Department prior to the Sept. 20 call from Young. According to Hunt, whose sworn testimony before a federal grand jury in April 1973 has made public, he discovered while examining State Department cables that "a number of cables were missing." Among the cables missing. Hunt testified, were some im- .med lately before and after the Diem coup and assassination. Hunt said he checked with the Central Intelligence Agnecy. which received the same cables, to see if that agency could fill in the gaps. Hunt said he was told that the CIA did not keep cables back to 1963. He said h$ was told L. PATRICK GRAY "Burner" much the same thing at the Pentagon. "And there came a time when 1 mentioned this to Mr. Colson, who I had been directing my researches into the -at the particular-period the Vietnamese War, and told him that, in my opinion, a lot of stuff that should have been there had been extracted," Hunt testified. * * * ' "HE (COLSON) said, 'How do you account for that?' And 1 said, "Well, some of the cables,that they still have on hand at the Department of State have been sent, with date stamps, saying photographed or duplicated for the John F. Kennedy Memorial '.ibrary. ' Among a number ot questions that remain unanswered ! are: Why did President Nixon bring up the Diem assassination in his Sept. 16,1971, press conference? Why may he have asked Ehrlichman, as Ehrlichman's lawyers now allege, to obtain documents on the Diem coup "for an upcoming press conference." For "xau- ly what purpose \v- a Hunt directed to prepare the forged cables implicating President Kennedy in the Diem assassination? Mystery also still surrounds the Diem assassination itself. No definitive official history. " of what took place has yet been made public, although then President Lyndon Johnson according to Washington Post White House correspondent Carroll Kilpatrick, told reporters during a discussion of Vietnam in August, 1967, "on instructions of ours we assassinated Diem and then, by God, I walked into it. It was too late and .we went through one government after anoth- ' er." Golf League Forming InDunbar A golf league is being formed in Dunbar by recreation director Bill sturgis. Sturgis said he hoped enough interest could be generated to form three divisions, adult men, women and youth. Anyone interested should contact Sturgis or attend a planning meeting at 7:30 p.m. June 25 in city hall. 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