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our entire edition.” That wasn't what they had in mind at all.
Of course, they couldn't do anything further about it. They
were just gently grying to dissuade us.
I consider myself a loyal American. If I had thought
or any of us had thought there was one thing in this book that
would jeopardize the United States or our security, we would
certainly not have done the book. The book was a very big seller.
News gradually leaked out that the C.I.A. was trying to
suppress The Invisible Government--not from us, mind you, but
there are few secrets kept in Washington. I didn't want to
talk about this. I thought that it was much too delicate a
situation. When The Times called us up, we refused to admit
that anybody from the C.I.A. had talked to us about anything.
A very funny thing happened. I had to go down to Roanoke
to make a speech; and Allen Dulles, who was still head of the
C.I.A., was on the same plane. He was getting out at Roanoke,
too, for some reason. We had met at a couple of dinners.
Allen Dulles was a fine gentleman, much nicer than Secretary of
State Dulles. When we got out of the plane, there were television
cameras there and reporters circling about us. They
asked if we would shake hands, posing. We started shaking
hands, when Allen Dulles said, “Oh, my god, you're the fellow
who published The Invisible Government.” Well, it was too late.
Our pictures had been taken together. I said, “The book contained
not one word against you, Mr. Dulles.” He said, “I know,
but you shouldn't have done it.” He didn't say it too rudely.
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