December 12, 2009

Chapter 27: Dancing with Awkward Partners

At Pawley’s Miami home on April 1, 1960, Pawley pushes for Dr. Juan Antonio Rubio Padilla to be one of the “government in exile” leaders while the Agency’s representatives back Dr. Antonio Varona. The CIA’s Jake Esterline introduces General Cushman to E. Howard Hunt, who was going to move to Mexico with the anti-Castro Frente [FRD]. It “probably was the first occasion on which Richard Nixon heard the name of [future Watergate burglar] E. Howard Hunt.” Pawley is later described as a “big fat political cat” and, as such, the Vice President cannot completely ignore him.