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Interview with Pentagon Spokesperson Jerry Friedheim

Interview with Pentagon Spokesperson Jerry Friedheim

by Robert Gettlin - September 25, 1990

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GETTLIN: And I've discovered that even the Deep Throat, Woodward and Bernstein story leaves a lot of room for further reporting about what was really going on. And-- So obviously, if you're gonna look at what are some of the motives behind, quote Deep Throat, if there was a single person, I don't know that there was a single person, you have to look at Woodward's, you know, military and Navy background. I mean, it leads directly to that, to that point. FRIEDHEIM: Sure. He was definitely there, and he was moving in circles with-- You know, e-- As a junior officer, as a briefer, but obviously it's somebody that they thought was sharp enough to do those things. GETTLIN: Mmhmm FRIEDHEIM: He was moving with those guys, Moorer, Haig, the NSC staff, and other military types. GETTLIN: Right.

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Interview with Defense Secretary Melvin Laird

Interview with Defense Secretary Melvin Laird

March 6, 1989 - Robert Gettlin and Len Colodny

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GETTLIN: Are you saying that you weren't aware at the time, though, that he was briefing Haig. Is that what you're saying or you were aware? LAIRD: I was aware that Haig was being briefed By Woodward, yeah. GETTLIN: You were. At the time that he was over there at the Penta-, OK LAIRD: He was there on temporary assignment. GETTLIN: For a year, I think he was there. LAIRD: He was there for a temporary assignment.

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Interview with Admiral Thomas H. Moorer

Interview with Admiral Thomas H. Moorer

by Robert Gettlin - October 4, 1989

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GETTLIN: See the thing about it, he had contacts at the White House, from his time that he went over there at the situation room. Now I've talked to a number of people, including people at the NSC, and they said that part of the job that Woodward had when he went over there is that he briefed Al Haig. Did you-- were you aware of that? MOORER: Sure. GETTLIN: You were. MOORER: Of course. GETTLIN: Well, why was-- MOORER: [INAUDIBLE] GETTLIN: Why was he briefing Haig over there? MOORER: Because I was on the telephone with Haig 8 or 9 times a day about whatever's going on, the same thing with Kissinger. GETTLIN: Yeah MOORER: And it's the job of a uh, people in the Pentagon to keep the President informed. GETTLIN: Yeah MOORER: The President was Commander in Chief, and Haig was simply the channel that got into, it went from Haig [INAUDIBLE] to the President.

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Fritz Kraemer meeting with President Nixon and Kissinger in the Oval Office, October 24, 1972 (Ollie Atkins, White House Photographer)
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