Magazine article Insight on the News

It's a Plot, Thick or Thin

Magazine article Insight on the News

It's a Plot, Thick or Thin

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Despite denials, there do appear to be some curious links that could lead one to assume a certain validity to charges of a "vast left-wing conspiracy" to trash congressional Republicans. Sam Dealey of the American Spectator, writing in the New York Post, sees such a link in pornographer Larry Flynt's comment that he had not seen his friend, Deputy Defense Secretary Strobe Talbott -- who also happens to be Bill Clinton's friend -- "in years ... but he is married to a sister of a very good friend of mine."

Well, Talbott's brother-in-law is Cody Shearer, a White House-connected mystery man who was pegged in an extensive Vanity Fair profile of private eye Terry Lenzner as a close Lenzner associate. Lenzner's Washington firm has been dubbed "Clinton's secret police" by insiders.

Shearer's primary White House chum is Sidney Blumenthal, often fingered as a conduit to the media for damaging dirt dug up by investigators working for Clinton. Blumenthal denies the role. Shearer's sister, Brooke, is a former Lenzner investigator legendary for her dumpster-diving skills and a longtime friend of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. …

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