places unexpectedly. Also indicative of this is that
Angleton, a source for Rosenbaum in 1976, said the diary was to
be entrusted to the Truitts. Yet Anne Truitt signed off on the
1995 L. A. Times letter saying it was meant to be handled by
Angleton himself. Both cannot be true. This is interesting
because it implies a relationship between the two couples. And
his wife's loyalty to Angleton is proven.
Truitt and Leary add Drugs
As noted earlier, Jim Truitt gave this curious tale its first
public airing in 1976, on the heels of the Church Committee. From
there, the Washington Post (under Bradlee) picked it up. There
had been an apparent falling out between Truitt and Bradlee and
Truitt said that he wanted to show that Bradlee was not the
crusader for truth that Watergate or his book on Kennedy had made
him out to be. In the National Enquirer, Truitt stated that Mary
had revealed her affair with Kennedy while she was alive to he
and his wife. He then went further. In one of their romps in the
White House, Mary had offered Kennedy a couple of marijuana
joints, but coke-sniffer Kennedy said, "This isn't like cocaine.
I'll get you some of that."
The chemical addition to the story was later picked up by drug
guru Tim Leary in his book Flashbacks. Exner-like, the angle grew
appendages. Leary went beyond grass and cocaine. According to
Leary, Mary Meyer was consulting with him about how to conduct
acid sessions and how to get psychedelic drugs in 1962. Leary met
her on several occasions and she said that she and a small circle
of friends had turned on several times. She also had one other
friend who was "a very important man" who she also wanted to turn
on. After Kennedy's assassination, Mary called Leary and met with
him. She was cryptic but she did say, "They couldn't control him
any more. He was changing too fast. He was learning too much."