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June 06, 2005

What Did William F. Buckley Know and When Did He Know It?

William F. Buckley writes:

William F. Buckley Jr. on Mark Felt and Deep Throat on National Review Online: Nixon's overreaction to the publication of the Pentagon Papers didn't mean that his mandate to govern was for that reason forfeited.... Mr. Felt... over a period of months, was to report to two industrious journalists at the Washington Post, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein... the traffic of dollars to and from the Committee to Reelect the President... the background and the activities of everyone associated with the White House, from the Attorney General down to the plumbers.

As evidence accumulated of wrongdoing and crime, he reported not to the director of the FBI (his immediate superior), not to the Justice Department, but to the two journalists.... Such things happen. On January 5, 1973, Howard Hunt, an old friend and my sometime boss in the CIA, came to see me, accompanied by one of his daughters (my goddaughter, as it happened). He told me the appalling, inside story of Watergate, including the riveting news that one of the plumbers was ready and disposed to kill Jack Anderson, the journalist-commentator, if word came down to proceed to that lurid extreme.

I took what I thought appropriate measures...

So William F. Buckley, on January 5, 1973, learns that:

  1. Richard Nixon is running a criminal enterprise--a group of people who believe that their job is the burgle and assassinate at Richard Nixon's command.
  2. Former Attorney General John Mitchell is handling the cover-up.

What, exactly, were the "appropriate measures" that William F. Buckley undertook?

Posted by DeLong at June 6, 2005 08:32 PM