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Fabrizio J. Bonsignore djbonsignore at beethoven.com
Thu Dec 9 23:55:55 EST 2004

to Mary's art studio which is down the
alley in their garage. They again discover Angleton there in the
process of picking the lock. Embarrassed, the super spook walks
off. The Bradlees make a pass through the studio and don't find
the diary. But an hour later, Tony secured it. In Bradlee's
telling, there is only a diary. Bradlee writes that, although
Kennedy's name was not in it, it was clear that he was the person
having an affair with her. Bradlee decides not to make the diary
public and a day or so later, gives it to Angleton because he
felt he would be able to ensure that it would be permanently
destroyed. Years later, when Tony Bradlee asked Angleton how he
had destroyed the diary, he admitted he hadn't. She demands it
back. He gives it to her and she burns it with a friend (not
named) as a witness.

Bradlee's version was sharply criticized in a letter to the Los
Angeles Times published on November 12, 1995. The letter was from
Anne Truitt and Angleton's widow Cicely. They write that Mary's
instructions to Anne had been that the diary should be entrusted
to James Angleton himself and that Anne Truitt called for
Angleton that night and found him at Bradlee's house (it's not
specified how she found out he was there). Angleton and Cicely
were there because the Bradlees had asked them to come over after
Mary's death. Once Truitt got Angleton on the phone, she told him
for the first time about Mary's wishes. At this point, the
Angletons, Tony Bradlee, and another (unnamed) person make a
search at Mary's home. Again, the diary is not there. The search
continued in the garage-studio (time not specified). In this
version, several papers and the diary are discovered. Tony
Bradlee gives it all to Angleton and asks him to burn it.

Angleton burns the papers only. H

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