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Shane O'Sullivan's DIRTY TRICKS: NIXON, WATERGATE AND THE CIA - Anthony Thorne - 05-11-2018

I'm posting this topic here, rather than on the book page, as I suspect its coverage of late 60's/early 70's CIA misbehaviour will be of interest to the regulars on this page. Shane O'Sullivan's Watergate book will be available on November 20th, a timely release date for the topic. It's 576 pages long and has good reviews from some other researchers.


The victory of Richard Nixon in the US presidential election of 1968 swung on an "October Surprise"a treasonous plot engineered by key figures in the Republican Party to keep the South Vietnamese government away from peace talks in Paris, costing thousands of American lives. Dirty Tricks provides compelling new evidence of Anna Chennault's Nixon-approved role in sabotaging the peace talks and ensuring a Nixon White House.

Dirty Tricks also provides the first detailed analysis of the CIA's recently-released internal history of Watergate, documenting the backgrounds of the burglars and their associations with the Agency in unprecedented detail, and how the Nixon White House sought to implicate the CIA in the emerging scandal. CIA Director Richard Helms' relationship with Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt was much closer than previously disclosed and the CIA agent inside the plot was sent on a double agent mission by American intelligence after he got out of prison.

The alleged target of the Watergate break-ins was DNC chairman Larry O'Brien's phone. Dirty Tricks reveals that the burglars didn't know where O'Brien's office was and tapped the wrong phone with a bug that didn't work while O'Brien was in Miami preparing for the 1972 convention. Prosecutor Earl Silbert could "never determine the precise motivation for the burglary" but Dirty Tricks explains the political and sexual nature of the calls overheard on DNC official Spencer Oliver's phone, and why no bug was found at the DNC until three months after the Watergate arrests.

Drawing on newly-declassified files and previously-unpublished documents, Dirty Tricks debunks the myths around Watergate and deepens our understanding of the "dirty tricks" that undermined democracy during the Nixon years. These scandals turn on the covert action of two powerful interest groupsthe senior CIA officers around Helms, and the key advisers around Nixonin this chilling story of political espionage and deception.

"While we have fundamental disagreements about 'Watergate' and the Deep State agenda that shaped it, O'Sullivan is to be congratulated on an impeccably researched work of investigative reporting that adds greatly to our understanding of the affair and its mysteries."

Jim Hougan, author, Secret Agenda

"Dirty Tricks goes well beyond anything yet published, in revealing the mysterious links between the Watergate scandal and the CIA. Was the bungled burglary part of an internecine effort to topple President Nixon? Was the cover-up for fear of secrets being divulged, from a Washington call-girl ring to the Kennedy assassination? This meticulously-researched book draws upon never-before-seen documents in addressing such questions, in a spy-versus-spy story that fills in major gaps in our recent history."

Dick Russell, author, The Man Who Knew Too Much

"Shane O'Sullivan's new book on Watergate, Dirty Tricks, draws on the millions of records that have become available since 2016, chiefly from the CIA. Anyone interested in comparing that crisis with the present needs to consult the fresh information and perspectives in this well-researched and timely book.

Peter Dale Scott, author, The American Deep State: Big Money, Big Oil, and the Struggle for U.S. Democracy

Shane O'Sullivan's DIRTY TRICKS: NIXON, WATERGATE AND THE CIA - Peter Lemkin - 05-11-2018

Those are quite some reviews! If Hougan thinks there is interesting new material, I'm in....ditto with such words from Russell and PDS.

Shane O'Sullivan's DIRTY TRICKS: NIXON, WATERGATE AND THE CIA - Scott Kaiser - 07-11-2018

I'm not really to sure where that line came from 'Dirty Tricks', and if what you're saying is that there is MORE to Watergate which explains dirty tricks, and this new eveidence is sabotaging the Accord peace talks with Vietnam all I can say is that there are two kinds of people in this world, researchers who seek truth, want truth, report truth, and conspiracy theorists, well, you know what they write.

I'm not saying that this didn't happen, but I will say this, there was nothing tricky, dirty or otherwise unclean about Watergate and Nixon.

Nixon's ONLY guilty admission, his only guilty part in this whole convoluted screwed up, greed filled, bill paid, cars brought, Cuba not freed, messed up umbrella operation is the fact that President Richard Nixon allowed his stupid self fall into a bribe, and... He paid! THEY made sure to leave a paper trail.

There is so much more to Watergate, but dirty tricks? I don't think so.