Friday, November 13, 2009

Watergate Principals - Direct or Indirect Involvement

23 May 1973

MEMORANDUM FOR: Deputy Director for Management and Services

1. This memorandum responds to the Director's request for a report of any involvement in any capacity since 1 January 1969 with Messrs. Hunt, McCord, Liddy, Young, or Krogh.

2. I have had none with Hunt, Liddy or Young.

3. My McCord contact with indirect and occurred sometime during the late 1960's when I was Director, Office of Computer Services. I opposed plans for Technical Division, Office of Security (under Mr. McCord) to acquire a separate computer for its In-Place Monitoring System. [...] of DD/S&T (then ORD) was the computer individual working with TD and, I think, would have details.

4. The Krogh contact also was indirect and involved his request, first through OMB, that CIA fund foreign travel on behalf of the Cabinet Committee on International Narcotics Control. Individual phone discussions are noted in the attached. The Agency focal points were [...] and [...]. I understand [...] has forwarded relevant documentation. Copies of memoranda from Messrs. Krogh, [...] and Colby are attached also.

5. I held a staff meeting yesterday to pass the request to all OPPB employees. One officer who was attending a funeral will not be available until tomorrow.

Charles A. Briggs
Director of Planning, Programming, and Budgeting

23 May 1973

4 Feb 72: Call from Jim Taylor, OMB re "Bud" Krogh and his deputy, Walter Minnick, of the Domestic Council who plan foreign travel in connection with their narcotics interests. Jim was alerting us to their intention to ask us for funds for the travel.

7 Feb 72: Follow-up from Taylor: Plan 3-5 trips for 3 individuals--all in FY 72. Cost probably $10K. Minnick ready to make first trip. [...] is plugged in. ExDir said OK re Tehran visit.

7 Feb 72: See attached memo from Egil Krogh, Jr. to Bill Colby and follow-on memos from [...] (21 Jul 72) and Colby (2 Aug 72).

12(?) May 72: John Hurley, OMB called, mentioning possible Krogh/Minnick attendance at a Latin American (Station Chief?) conference on narcotics. He also said Jeff Shepherd, White House, was laying on a trip with [...] for himself, Shepherd and Mark Alger, OMB to Europe.

23 Jun 72: [...] commented on Krogh/Minnick interest in getting CA activities, including large-scale PM, on narcotics front. [...] pushing small-scale PP.

6 Jul 72: [...] called. Notes say only: "Minnick-Hurley film. We will send."

2 Aug 72: [...] called re Colby letter (attached). Said travel orders ready; need money this PM (No record in my notes as to who was traveling when, but have faint recollection of its being to Mexico City). [...] and [...] contacted by [...].

1 Nov 72: Related? [...] call. Again notes are cryptic: [...] GAO-Grace [...] Survey BNDD problems/ Mexico."

On Mr. Colby's copy only:

13 Jan 72: ExDir (Colby) said DCI had approved $30K for sensitive CS project - no details.

20 Jan 72: Reminded ExDir re $32K he said DCI OK'd.

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