An excerpt from David Talbot's The Devil's Chessboard got published yesterday on Salon for the 52nd anniversary.
And it's a very important excerpt. It deals with what Talbot learned from St. John Hunt about what E. Howard Hunt said in his deathbed confession. He named names. We often hear about him having named Lyndon Johnson, but he named more than him. Frank Sturgis, David Sanchez Morales, David Atlee Phillips, all under the direction of William Harvey- they were also named.
But, David Talbot makes an interesting point: would LBJ, the Vice President of the United States, have worked directly with these people? In a plot to kill Kennedy? He would trust them? No way!
David Talbot makes the bold assumption that Hunt deliberately left out one important name, his old boss Allen Dulles. Hunt had always spoken highly of Dulles, and Talbot thinks Hunt consciously omitted him. But, who would have talked to LBJ about it? And who would LBJ have trusted about it? Certainly not those any of those dirty soiled underlings but rather, Allen Dulles, the Gentleman Spy.
So, this is David Talbot putting his twist on St. John Hunt's account, and it is a powerful read. If you haven't read The Devil's Chessboard, you should read this excerpt:
I thank Tom Cahill for sending it to me.