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Phyllis, “I haven't gotten this kind of greeting from Bobby
Kennedy ever before, and it wasn't really for me. He just
wanted to annoy Cass Canfield.”
Have you ever had this coercion to a certain extent with
anybody else but the Kennedys?
Well, when we published The Invisible Government...
The F.B.I., you mean?
No. It was the C.I.A. The C.I.A. was not pleased.
How did they show this displeasure?
First we sent them advance galleys. We weren't out
to hurt the C.I.A. This was a story by two top-ranking reporters.
But the C.I.A. took a dim view of the entire project.
They said that we would destroy the careers of thirty-three
of their people by revealing their names in this book. We
pointed out that there wasn't anything in this book that hadn't
been syndicated in fifty leading newspapers in the United States.
It was all material first used in The New York Tribune, The
Washington Post, etc. This book was a compilation of all of
the articles that these reporters had done, covering activities
or semi-activities of the C.I.A. We had a visit from an anonymous
visitor once who asked if we would consider selling them
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