Magazine article Insight on the News

Possible Conspiracy in Wallace Assassination Attempt?

Magazine article Insight on the News

Possible Conspiracy in Wallace Assassination Attempt?

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President Richard Nixon may have ordered the Secret Service to stay away from the 1972 assassination attempt on Gov. George Wallace, but declassified records obtained by news alert! show agents went against Nixon's orders and continued to look for a possible conspiracy.

After Insight filed a freedom of information request nearly a year ago in the course of researching the "Walshot Files" (see "New Chapters in Assassin's Diary," Dec. 14, 1998), the Treasury Department finally has released a "partial" file from the Secret Service Agency dealing with the Wallace assassination attempt. The 1,520-page file contains a complete transcript of convicted assassin Arthur Bremer's trial and a series of newspaper clippings from the 1970s to the 1990s.

What's odd about the file is that the clippings are from dates long past 1972, when Nixon ordered the FBI to take charge of the case and kicked the Secret Service out of the investigation. Of particular concern to the Secret Service was a possible conspiracy in the assassination because of questions surrounding Bremer's ability to finance his many trips on a busboy salary. Prior to stalking Wallace in Maryland, Bremer allegedly also had stalked Nixon in Canada. …

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