Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 11  Num. 73
                     ("Quid coniuratio est?")


By Professor Peter Dale Scott

[CN: I received the following from Kenn Thomas, author of several books and publisher of Steamshovel Press magazine. (A link to Steamshovel is at the Conspiracy Nation website (see below.)) Because Professor Scott ends by saying, "feel free to forward this," I have taken the liberty of doing so. Professor Scott is the author of several books, including the highly recommended Deep Politics.]


by Peter Dale Scott

In Deep Politics and the Death of JFK I write that study of any one of our deep political crises will tell you more about the rest. Apparently this prediction holds true for Monicagate as well.

I am not talking about the recurrence of Washington lawyers like Robert Bennett and Charles Ruff, who moved into the Washington mainstream with Watergate, and now represent Clinton. Nothing surprising or instructive about that. (I haven't checked to see if the two Robert Bennetts are in fact one and the same, but think it likely.)

But did you notice that the person who forwarded Linda Tripp's tapes of Lewinsky to the FBI was a book agent and pseudo-journalist called Lucianne Goldberg, who in 1972 "told the McGovern campaign that she worked for the North American Newspaper Alliance"? [NANA] Goldberg's role was not simply that of a cut-out or messenger for Linda Tripp. On Jan. 22 she told the press "that she encouraged her friend Linda Tripp... to tape conversations with intern Monica Lewinsky." (All quotations are from an article in the January 23 San Francisco Chronicle, p. A11.) She kept the tapes for Tripp and later turned them over to the FBI. If Tripp instigated Lewinsky, it would appear that Goldberg instigated Tripp.

Both Tripp and Goldberg are apparently Republicans. Tripp was one of only two holdovers from the Bush White House. Goldberg was exposed in 1973 as "a spy for Nixon while she traveled with the press corps" covering McGovern's 1972 campaign. It was at this time that she said she worked for NANA (North American Newspaper Alliance), and supplied an address for NANA which "is the same as her current residence" in Manhattan. Watergate investigators "said the Nixon campaign paid her $1,000 a week."

Not mentioned in today's story is the relevant fact in 1972, as today, Lucianne Goldberg was snooping for sex. She told the late Anthony Lukas (Nightmare, p. 161) that the Nixon people "were looking for really dirty stuff...who was sleeping with whom, what the Secret Service men were doing with the stewardesses, who was smoking pot on the plane -- that sort of thing."

Serious students of the JFK Assassination have long been interested in NANA, which supplied Priscilla Johnson (better known now as Priscilla McMillan) with the job (or, to some, cover) by which she voyaged to Moscow and there interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald on the urging of U.S. Consul Snyder. After the assassination, Johnson developed a close relationship with Marina Oswald, in connection with a book contract originally arranged by C.D. Jackson of Life Magazine at the urging of Allen Dulles.

NANA was created by a senior veteran of OSS, Ernest Cuneo, and continued to have intelligence connections. In 1963, before the assassination, it had come under Congressional scrutiny for publishing Chinese Nationalist propaganda, for which it had been paid large sums without registering as a foreign agent. At this same time its President, Ernest Cuneo, was a member of the Citizens' Committee for a Free Cuba, a group calling in 1963 for a more militant anti-Castro policy, and meeting with dissident Cuban exiles.

I am not here suggesting anything about the guilt or innocence of Clinton, only that at least one of the people making his life difficult has a background suggestive of past intrigues. I hope that someone reading this can check Lucianne Goldberg's current address, and see if in fact (as she alleged) it was also the address of NANA.

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