Part 2: Attorney Douglas Caddy's Assassination Secrets
© 2017 by Linda Moulton Howe
“Howard Hunt said, ‘Kennedy was killed because he was
about to give our most vital secret to the Soviet Union.’ ”
- Last discussion with Douglas Caddy, Atty., 1975, Washington, D. C.
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November 22, 2017 Houston, Texas - Forty-five years ago on June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate Hotel and office complex in Washington, D. C. They were James McCord, a former CIA agent working for Nixon's re-election CREEP committee, Frank Sturgis, Bernard Barker, Virgilio Gonzalez and Eugenio Martinez.
Watergate is an office-hotel-apartment complex near
the Potomac River in Washington, D. C.
The DNC burglars were led off in handcuffs on June 17, 1972,
after their arrest for breaking into the Democratic National Committee
headquarters at the Watergate complex near the Potomac River. Three
of those arrested were Cuban exiles, one was a Cuban-American and
their on-site leader was James McCord, a former CIA agent and a
security coordinator for President Richard Nixon's Committee
for the Reelection of the President (CREEP). Photo © 1972 by AP.
Two more men would be added to the break-in charges: E. Howard Hunt, Jr., who specialized in political warfare dirty tricks that included the CIA's disastrous April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba during the John F. Kennedy Administration. Hunt had organized the break-in on assignment for the President Richard Nixon White House. Rounding out the Watergate 7 was G. Gordon Liddy, who was then working as Nixon's CREEP attorney.
How Everette Howard Hunt
and Douglas Caddy Became Friends
After his World War II spy days for the U. S. Navy and Office of Strategic Services, known as the OSS, Everette Howard Hunt went to work in 1949 for the newly created Central Intelligence Agency. Hunt’s specialty was political warfare — dirty tricks, sabotage and propaganda, including the overthrow of Guatemala’s government in the early 1950s and the disastrous Bay of Pigs Invasion to bring down Cuba’s Castro that began on April 17, 1961.
Nine years later in 1970, “CIA Super Spy” Hunt was frustrated and resigned his Langley CIA position and went to work for Robert R. Mullen Co., a public relations subsidiary of General Foods that was a front for the CIA. There Hunt met attorney Douglas Caddy and the two men became friends. Caddy insists that at the time he did not know the PR firm and Howard Hunt were both working for the CIA. One of Hunt's assignments in his CIA Mullen work was to head up a political dirty tricks unit for the Nixon White House. That is how Howard Hunt came to organize the burglary of the Democratic National Committee that took place at the Watergate complex in Washington, D. C., on June 17, 1972, at about 3 o’clock in the early morning. Hunt’s five henchmen were discovered and arrested by police.
E. Howard Hunt Called His Friend, Douglas Caddy,
for Help With the Arrested Burglars in the DNC
That Worked for Hunt
Hunt reached out to attorney Caddy for help. Caddy was not a criminal law attorney, but found a lawyer to represent the five burglars. Hunt’s bungled DNC break-in eventually brought down Richard M. Nixon, who resigned his presidency two years later on August 9, 1974.
Source: U. S. National Archive.
E. Howard Hunt testified on September 24, 1973, before the
U. S. Senate Watergate Committee in Washington, D. C., about the
June 17, 1972, break-in of the Democratic National Committee office in the
Watergate complex. As the break-in organizer, Hunt was sentenced to 33
months in Federal Prison Camp at Eglin AFB, Florida. Photograph by AP.
L-R: G. Gordon Liddy with Douglas Caddy in Washington, D. C., 1973.
E. Howard Hunt Reached Out Again
to Douglas Caddy Before Hunt's Prison
Sentence Began On April 25, 1975
Long-time CIA agent E. Howard Hunt in1978 at the Federal Prison at Camp
Eglin AFB, Florida. Image © 1978 by Michael Brennan/Getty.
Not long before E. Howard Hunt entered the Federal Prison Camp at Eglin AFB, Florida, on April 25, 1975, Hunt asked to meet for the last time with his attorney friend Douglas Caddy, at the Yenching Palace restaurant in Washington, famous for historic deal making. Caddy recently talked with me for nearly three hours in a recorded interview about what he learned were the true reasons behind the Watergate burglary and the UFO link to JFK’s assassination.
Michael Douglas Caddy, Attorney, now 79 in Houston,
Texas, was a good friend to CIA Agent E. Howard
Hunt and helped Hunt after the Watergate break-in
at the Democrat National Committee headquarters
on June 17, 1992. Image © 2014 provided by Douglas Caddy.
Douglas Caddy, Attorney, 79, Houston, Texas: “I was sound asleep on June 17th, 1972 at 3:05 AM Eastern Time. My phone rang, and it was Howard Hunt. He was calling me from his office in the White House, and he asked if he could come to see me on a very important matter.
“I have to see you right away!”
And at that time, I lived just a mile from the White House, and it turned out, a mile from Watergate. So he arrived where I resided. He explained to me what had occurred at Watergate with the arrests and burglars. And he said that he and Gordon Liddy had escaped. They were in the Watergate Hotel, which was part of the whole building where the offices were in one part and the hotel was in another part. So, they had escaped. I realized this would put the President (Richard M. Nixon) in dire peril.
Arresting Officer in Watergate Knew 2 Weeks in Advance
That the DNC Headquarters Would Be Broken Into
The arresting officer was Carl Shoffler. Carl Shoffler joined the Washington D.C. police department in 1969. He was a military intelligence agent. He was assigned by military intelligence to join the police department. Carl Shoffler was supposed to go off-duty on June 16, 1972, to go to Pennsylvania to join his family for his own birthday party.
Instead, he said, “I'm going to stay” (because he already knew the DNC break-in was planned and wanted to do the arrest.) So he was parked just a block away from the Watergate when he and his colleague in the police car got the call that a burglary was underway. But he had actually been informed two weeks in advance of the plans of the burglary by a confidential informant, Robert Merritt, who had obtained that information. So military intelligence knew this was going down ahead of time.
But Shoffler didn't report his knowledge to anybody? He let it happen so that he could arrest them?
Correct. And it was Robert Merritt, one of his informants, who found out about the break-in. Rita Reed was her name. She listened in and she heard this conversation go down. And the conversation went this way: “There is a break-in that is planned. This will be the end of Nixon. We'll destroy Nixon.” Someone at that time knew in advance of the break-in, and they were going to use it to destroy Nixon.
Now, does that imply that G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt had that kind of information and that was their agenda — to destroy Nixon?
Nobody knows the answer. I'll just give you my answer, OK? James Angleton, who had destroyed JFK, wanted to destroy Richard Nixon, too.
[ Editor's Note: James Jesus Angleton (December 9, 1917 – May 11, 1987) was chief of CIA Counterintelligence from 1954 to 1975. His official position within the organization was “Associate Deputy Director of Operations for Counterintelligence (ADDOCI).”
According to one-time Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms: “In his day, Jim was recognized as the dominant counterintelligence figure in the non-communist world.” CIA directors trusted Angleton and valued his work, including Allen Welsh Dulles who was referred to as AWD in some Angleton communications.]
So Rita Reed heard this conversation. She immediately went to Robert Merritt's apartment the next day, and Rita Reed is telling him what she had heard. “There's a plan to break in to the Democratic National Committee,” and the date and so forth. She asked Merritt not to tell anyone, but Merritt immediately told Shoffler, because even though Shoffler was married, they had a relationship.
So Shoffler, with this knowledge, which would have been on June 2nd, 1972, with the DNC Watergate break-in on June 17th, he had knowledge for two weeks in advance of the break-in. And he monitored it. That was his specialty, wiretapping and eavesdropping. He knew exactly how to proceed to monitor all the way up to the break-in.
Military Intelligence in White House
Secretly Monitoring President Nixon
Now, inside the White House while all this was going on, the military intelligence had its own operation in the White House to monitor Nixon. There were two operations. CIA agent (James Jesus) Angleton was in charge of the CIA operation in the White House, of which E. Howard Hunt was part. But in the White House, there was also military intelligence.
I believe that Carl Shoffler who came out of military intelligence continued as part of this operation. The CIA — don't forget, Howard Hunt was taken into the White House upon the recommendation of Chuck Colson, but Howard Hunt went in there carrying two hats. In my opinion, he was still an active CIA agent. He was employed by the Mullen Company, which was a CIA front, and Howard Hunt was also a White House staff member. Between you and me, I think his primary loyalty was to the CIA.
There are accounts that he sent back reports regularly to Richard Helms about what was going on in the (Nixon) White House.
What Did E. Howard Hunt Say
Could we please go back to the JFK assassination and what did you learn that E. Howard Hunt knew about the reason for the November 22, 1963, assassination of JFK?
Was the Reason JFK Was Assassinated?
OK. Well, I've given you the background of how I was representing Howard Hunt in Watergate. At a certain point in time very early on, my role changed because I was served a subpoena to appear before the grand jury about a week after the Watergate case broke, at which point I could no longer represent Howard because I became a witness, OK?
When an attorney becomes a witness, he cannot represent any of those clients involved. And so I never saw Howard again until December (1972), which was the funeral of his wife, Dorothy, who had been killed in a plane crash in Chicago at the Midway Airport in December.
1972. On the Internet, you can pull up the telephone conversation in November of 1972 right after the election between E. Howard Hunt and Chuck Colson. And Chuck Colson recorded it, and it ended up as part of the court proceedings and on the Internet.
And Howard Hunt says, “OK. The trial is coming up. We're all going to stand trial. We remain quiet. We got through the election, but now we're all going to go to prison,it looks like, and we want to be paid. We want to be taken care of!”
That's what he says. “We were promised we would be taken care of. Very little money has been forthcoming.” And Dorothy was sort of the courier when there was hush money. And so if you listen to this conversation, Howard is giving an ultimatum to Chuck Colson — “Either you produce this money for us for our families to survive while we're in prison by such and such a date, or else. Or else we're going to go public, you know?”
That's what Howard says. And Chuck Colson is going, “Mm-mm,” because Chuck Colson knows Howard is recording it and who knows who's listening in?!
Colson can't very well implicate himself in a conversation like that. And he says, “Howard, Howard, Howard,” and things like that, you know? And so what happened is Dorothy died. But in my opinion, Dorothy was murdered.
It would send a signal to Howard Hunt. “You went too far. You went too far in threatening us.” Whoever “us” is, you know?
And so Howard Hunt pleaded guilty in early January 1973. But between the funeral and pleading guilty, he met with his four children. He said to them, “Listen, if I don't plead guilty, they'll kill you. I'm afraid they'll kill you. So I'm going to plead guilty.”
It was a terrible situation for all of them. I didn't see him again until the funeral there with Dorothy where he crossed the parking lot and came over and held me and cried on my shoulder for a period of time. He was just distraught. You know, his eyes were just swollen red. It was really a terrible situation.
And so because of my role, I'd become a witness for the prosecution and a witness for the defense in this case, for both, so I did not see E. Howard Hunt again until the case was pretty much over, which was 1975.
1975: Caddy's Last Dinner
with E. Howard Hunt
That would be the third time I saw Howard in all of Watergate. He called me up and said, “Well, I'm going to be going to prison.” He was going to go away for three and a half years and he said, “Let's have dinner. I just want to thank you for what you did.”
So we agreed to meet at the Yenching Palace in Washington, which was a famous restaurant. So I arrive at the restaurant, and Howard Hunt is already seated in a booth. So we chat. I knew this would probably be the last time I see Howard, at least for a period of time. And it turned out it was the last time I ever saw him, was at that dinner.
And so I said, “Well, there's certain questions I have to ask you, Howard.”
So I asked him, my first question was, “Why did you all go into the Democratic National Committee?”
So he said, “Well, they were just supposed to photograph anything that had numbers on it.” I was really—you know, that was sort of an affront to say something so silly as that.
And I said, “Well, Howard, really? Come on.” And he just shrugged his shoulders.
And I said, “Well, Howard, there was a burglary. There were burglars arrested.”
I said, “You did not attend the trial because you had pleaded guilty, but I was a witness at the trial, both involuntarily for the prosecution and voluntarily for the defense.”
And at the witness stand I looked out, and there was this long, long table, and it was full of all sorts of technical bugging equipment.
And I said, “Howard, I saw all that equipment, wiretapping and all sorts.” And I said, “So did you not go in to fix that bug?” There was a Watergate bug inside the Democratic National Committee. And all he did was nod. He didn't say anything. He didn't want to verbalize it. He nodded his head, so I take that as an assent, you know, and then I got the impression he was uncomfortable with the way things were proceeding.
But I still had some questions, so I said, “Well, Howard, there was a prostitution ring. I read about that in the newspapers.” And actually, there had been a prostitution ring that had been broken up on Capitol Hill just two weeks before Watergate broke. A prominent prostitution ring involving many of the same people that were involved in the prostitution ring being run out of the DNC, Democratic National Committee.
So I said, “Did you not go into the Democratic National Committee to get the list of clients of the prostitution ring?” Because in the one on Capitol Hill, the U.S. attorney had gotten right away the list of clients through the book that had been kept by the lawyer who was managing the ring. So they knew who the clients were. One of them actually was John Dean.
And so I said, “Did you not want to get a list for purposes of compromise? You know, for blackmail and so forth?”
And once again, he just nodded. He didn't commit verbally. And so I said, “Howard, you know, these are not sufficient reasons. Burglary is—nobody should be engaged in a burglary to begin with. But if you're going to engage in a burglary, you've got to have a reason. And these are not sufficient reasons to go into the Democratic National Committee, especially to risk the presidency over something like this. And so there's got to be a reason.”
Howard Hunt's Explanation for JFK Murder
And actually, there was a period there, I would say about 30 seconds, where he thought, and he said, “Well, there was a reason. The reason we went in there was that we believed that inside the Democratic National Committee there were Cuban government reports involving the Kennedy assassination.”
And I said, “Wow! Cuban government reports dealing with the Kennedy assassination. What would be in there?”
At that point, he just—he didn't want to talk anymore. He just waved his hands in front of him. After that, it was about his going to prison and his children's situation and my situation. And so the dinner was over, and we went out to Connecticut Avenue right in front of the Yenching Palace. So I realize this is the last chance. I knew he was going to go to prison. This was the last chance I'll have.
And I said, “Howard, you told me about going into these Cuban government reports at the Democratic National Committee and the Kennedy assassination. What was in the reports? Why was Kennedy killed? Why were those reports so important?”
Howard Hunt said, “Kennedy was killed because he was about to give our most vital secret to the Soviet Union.”
And I repeated, “Our most vital secret? What would that have been?”
Howard leaned forward and looked in my eyes and he said, “The alien presence.” And he shook my hand and walked away.
Bob Woodward, author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post, with retired attorney
Douglas Caddy and author Carl Bernstein at "The Brilliant Lecture Series"
on September 25, 2014, in Houston, Texas. The event featured lectures about the media
and the June 17, 1972, Watergate break-in. Image provided by Douglas Caddy.
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