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L Patrick Gray

John Simkin

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I have been doing some research into L. Patrick Gray. The amount of distorted reporting of this man is amazing. The FBI website on Gray does not mention Watergate once. The obituaries are also terribly biased. All the American newspaper accounts argue that it was only alleged that he destroyed FBI files for Nixon. They also point out that he was never charged with any Watergate offences (why not?). Nor do they point out Gray was indicted in 1978 for conspiring to violate the constitutional rights of Americans by authorising illegal break-ins and wire taps. These charges were also dropped although Mark Felt was convicted of the same offence. The only accurate obituary was in the Guardian, a British newspaper:


One interesting fact is that Gray's son claimed that his father never forgave Nixon for setting him up. He refused to talk to Nixon and wrote a book about his experiences. Now he has died, the book will now be published. Might be interesting.

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The namebase entry for L. Patrick Gray can be found here:


Anderson,J. Peace, War, and Politics. 1999 (255-7)

Bamford,J. Body of Secrets. 2001 (433)

Borosage,R. Marks,J. The CIA File. 1976 (107)

Bradlee,B. A Good Life. 1995 (353, 356)

Burnham,D. Above the Law. 1996 (379-80)

Colodny,L. Gettlin,R. Silent Coup. 1992 (253-4)

Corn,D. Blond Ghost. 1994 (241)

Donner,F. The Age of Surveillance. 1981 (131-2)

Ellsberg,D. Secrets. 2002 (447)

Inquiry Magazine 1978-07-10 (14-7)

Jaworski,L. The Right and the Power. 1977 (74-6, 133-4)

Kessler,R. The FBI. 1993 (268-9)

Los Angeles Times 1978-04-11 (I1)

McCord,J. A Piece of Tape. 1974 (119)

Messick,H. Of Grass and Snow. 1979 (32)

Mintz,M. Cohen,J. Power, Inc. 1977 (482-3)

Myerson,M. Watergate: Crime in the Suites. 1973 (129-30)

Olmsted,K. Challenging the Secret Government. 1996 (16)

Public Eye Magazine 1981 (6)

Riebling,M. Wedge. 1994 (298-9, 309-11, 313)

Sale,K. Power Shift. 1976 (275)

Sullivan,W. The Bureau. 1982 (234)

Summers,A. Official and Confidential. 1993 (424-5, 432)

Tarpley,W.G. Chaitkin,A. George Bush. 1992 (263-4, 266)

Turner,W. Hoover's FBI. 1993 (323-5)

Turner,W. Rearview Mirror. 2001 (27-8, 112)

Wise,D. The American Police State. 1978 (76, 142, 243-6)

Wise,D. The Politics of Lying. 1973 (339)

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