At this point, Johnson had been accepted by the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA) in Moscow. For good reasons, NANA has a bad reputation as a hotbed of intelligence.
Ernest Cuneo purchased NANA in the mid-1950s and was its owner and president until 1963. Cuneo started out as an aide to a World War I veteran, New York progressive mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who served in World War I. Cuneo served with the OSS during World War II and was its liaison to the White House, State Department, FBI, and British intelligence. NANA's vice president was the well-known author Ian Fleming. Fleming later credited Cuneo with more than half the plot for Goldfinger and all of the basic plot for Thunderball. The dedication page in Goldfinger reads, "To Ernest Cuneo, Muse."
After Cuneo's death, Sidney Goldberg became NANA's president, the husband of Lucianne Goldberg. Goldberg was part of Nixon's "dirty tricks" operation that stalked McGovern during 1972, looking for "real dirty stuff"who was sleeping with whom, what the Secret Service men were doing with the stewardesses, who was smoking pot on the plane"that sort of thing." Goldberg's team succeeded in the outing of Democratic vice presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton for electroshock treatments, effectively destroying any chance the McGovern campaign had to overtake Nixon's re-election machine. Goldberg suggested to Linda Tripp that she should tape all of her conversations with Monica Lewinsky. After the tapes were made, Goldberg urged Tripp to take the tapes to Kenneth Starr and also tipped the lawyers on the Paula Jones case.
After Bill Clinton left a telltale mark on Monica Lewinsky's blue dress, Goldberg was the one who tipped Tripp to convince Lewinsky not to launder the dress in order to trap Clinton. Although NANA folded in 1980, Goldberg maintains a news agency at her website, while her son Jonah Goldberg is the editor-at-large for the right-wing National Review Online.
Priscilla Johnson was about to see life from the center of an intelligence cyclone.We have a safe vantage point to watch this twisted tale as it sucks in even more spooks and destroys more lives. At this point,there's no point in cursing the darkness. Instead, we can add some more fuel to the fire.
Continued within the week...hopefully here at opednews, but somewhere on the internet.
Part 2: An Instant Visa Gets the Marine Into Moscow
The head of the House Select Committee of Assassinations investigation in the 1970s no longer believes that the CIA cooperated with their two year probe: Frontline, Interview, G. Robert Blakey. See 2003 Addendum at end of interview.