Former United Sates Control Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Richard Helms appeared before the Senate Watergate Committee in Washington on Thursday (2 August).
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HELMS: I recall as I said earlier this morning that Mr. Haldeman made some reference to the Bay of Pigs. I referred to it as an incorrect reference because it was frankly in my recollection... I don't know what point he had in mind. But I reacted to that question very firmly. The Bay of Pigs was a rubric for a very unhappy event in the life of the CIA. It's been dead cat that's been thrown at us over the years ever since and therefore it's one that I'm likely to react to, and to react rather quickly. For the simple reason that the Bay of Pigs is long since over. The problems arising form t have been liquidated. I was well aware of this sand I didn't cars what any investigation had to do with the Bay of Pigs. It couldn't have gotten anybody involved with it or without it or above it or below it. I don't care, and I was trying to make this clear to Mr. Haldeman on that occasion the fact that some of these people who broke into Watergate had at one time had relationships with the agency. Including Mark Davis who had them up until a few days before. It didn't make any difference to me. I mean there was nothing that anybody was going to find out about investigations then that was going to bother us as far as I was aware. We then get down to the question of what an investigation by the FBI in Mexico might turn up. And as I explained earlier, I did not have in my head all of our operations in Mexico. But what was more important, I didn't know why the FBI was investigating was more important, I didn't know who they were following. I didn't know what they were up to. So I regarded it as prudent to inform myself a bit about these thing before I came down flatly and said let the FBI go ahead and investigated in Mexico. They'll never run across our operations because this might not have been the case.
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THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPTION OF MR. HELMS' SPEECH.
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Background: Former United Sates Control Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Richard Helms appeared before the Senate Watergate Committee in Washington on Thursday (2 August). He said he resisted what he called 'totally unacceptable demands' from the White House for help for former agent E. Howard Hunt, later convicted in the Watergate bugging case.
Mr. Helms told the hearing that the CIA had nothing to do with the Watergate break-in. He said that former White House Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman had said that the CIA was concerned about FBI investigations in Mexico. He said that Mr. Haldeman had made what appeared to be an incorrect reference to a Mexico investigation 'running into the Bay of Pigs', the abortive CIA-supported invasion of Cuba in 1961.
SYNOPSIS: At the Senate Watergate Committee in Washington on Thursday, former Central Intelligence Agency director Richard Helms said he had no connection with the abortive CIA supported Cuban invasion in nineteen sixty-one.