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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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