(Known as the "Moorer-Radford Affair")
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Listen to Participants Stewart and Radford agree that an attempt was made to overthrow the President.
In a scenario that seems straight from the pages of a Hollywood screenplay; the events that played out during seven days in December, 1971 revealed that the Pentagon had poised itself against the White House. The Pentagon's Chief Investigator W. Donald Stewart remarked: When we broke Radford [Yeoman Charles E.] that night, that's where I got the Seven Days in May idea. I said "Jesus Christ, here's the military actually spying on the President of the United States . . . this is a hanging offense."
Even Nixon himself declared that the Joint Chiefs had committed "a federal offense of the highest order." Oval Office meeting 12/21/71
On January 12, 1974, the nation's hottest young reporting duo had a story on the front page of the Washington Post that had tremendous national security and political ramifications: the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was receiving secrets stolen from the White House 1
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein had the story, based on Woodward’s sources. It came at a difficult time for the White House, as President Nixon was spiraling toward resignation.
But despite the story's potential impact, Post readers only knew part of the story. They did not know, because Woodward did not tell them, that he was writing about his former boss and a longtime associate and patron during the time he served in the Navy. (He began working at the Post just one year after leaving the Navy.) The story did not reveal the true scope of what became known as the Moorer-Radford spy ring.