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Bob Woodward Looks at New CIA Documents Linked to Watergate

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Bob Woodward Looks at New CIA Documents Linked to Watergate

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Among the many reporters examining the much-awaited release of previously secret CIA file from the 1970s today was Bob Woodward of The Washington Post. The CIA's involvement in the Watergate coverup has always been murky.

In an article for the Wednesday Post, he explores one document that has come to light, revealing that the CIA was indeed in on the suppression of evidence.

His article, available at www.washingtonpost.com, opens this way.*

"Mr. Helms instructed me to restrict knowledge of the existence of the letter to an absolute minimum number of people." So said Howard J. Osborn, the CIA's director of security, in a sworn affidavit that sat for decades in the agency's secret files until it was released yesterday. The Mr. Helms in question was Richard Helms, the director of central intelligence during Watergate and a zealous guardian of his agency...

In this case, Osborn reported that James W. McCord Jr., the head of the Watergate burglary team and Osborn's predecessor as the CIA's chief of security, had written a letter in August 1972 to Helms. Osborn, according to his affidavit, said he "felt strongly" that it should be turned over to the FBI, which was supposedly conducting a rigorous investigation of Watergate. …

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