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Date: 
Jun 17, 1971
Location: 
Oval Office
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1 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 525-1 Date: June 17, 1971 Time: 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Rose Mary Woods.
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HENRY A. KISSINGER ENTERED AT 5:16 PM
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Woods left and John D. Ehrlichman and H.R. (Bob) Haldeman entered at 5:17 pm. Pentagon Papers -Administration response -John N. Mitchells court efforts -William P. Rogers statement -Need to win court case and public relations case -John B. Connally -Rogers statement -Quality -Lyndon B. Johnson comments -Possible press conference -Bryce N. Harlow's role -Kissinger's previous call to Lyndon B. Johnson -Effect on administration -Personnel -Connally
2 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Spiro T. Agnew -Gen. George A. Lincoln -General view of President's position -Connally -Attack on Presidency -Attack on Nixon and Johnson -Rebuttal by administration -Media coverage -Criteria for New York Times coverage -Desirability of comment by President -Possible space -Rogers statement -Letters to Senators -Legality of comments -Court case -Kissinger's statement -Quality -Content -Need for comment by President -Proper scope -Outline -Scope -Preparation -Coverage by "Northeastern press" -New York Times -President's comments on security -Follow up -Debriefing of employees -Enforcement of security laws -Responsibility of office heads for security -Timing of administration counter -Connally's action -Meeting with staff -Treasury Department relations with the press -Consequences of leaks
3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
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Conv. No. 525-1 (cont.)
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-President's remarks -Issuance of memorandum -Content -Ehrlichmans role -Times use of press cards -Mitchell -Reprinting problem -Times action -Haldemans follow up to Congress -Daniel Ellsberg's story -Washington Star -Kissingers remembrance of Ellsberg -Vietnam service -General demeanor -International Security Affairs [ISA] background at the Department of Defense -John J. McNaughton -Intellect -Change of political opinion -Contact during transition
4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
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Conv. No. 525-1 (cont.)
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-Contact with Henry A. Kissinger -Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] speech by Kissinger -Ellsberg heckling -"Murder in Laos" article -Obtaining documents -Research and Development Corporation [RAND] copies of Vietnam story -Ellsberg action compared to Alger Hiss and Whitaker Chambers action -Reason for Ellsberg action -Reason for Times action -Opposition to Presidents Vietnam policy *********************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3 [Privacy] [Duration: 15s ]
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-Administration response -President's comments -Ehrlichman's role -Haldeman's role -Remarks -Patrick J. Buchanan
5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Kissinger's comments at North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] lunch -Response -Remarks by President -Content of papers -Principle of secrecy -Times determination of national interest -Embarrassment of Johnson and John F. Kennedy -Defense of principle Conv. No. 525-1 (cont.) -Reaction to loss of security -President's legal obligations -Reasons for the law -Congressional mandate -Kissinger memo -Declassification procedures -Case before Supreme Court -Possible action by the President -Need for remarks by President -Impact -Rogers statement -Impact -Content -Political predispositions of authors, et al. -Conviction of Johnson -Relation to Joseph McCarthy era -Prosecution for advice -Times previous view -Lack of content -Stewart J.O. Alsop editorial -Times previous stance on security of communication -Adlai E. Stevenson, III and Kennedy -Use by administration -Timing -Need for running battle -Ronald L. Ziegler and Herbert G. Klein view -Restriction of Times reporters -Attacks from other papers -McCarthy era analogy -Richard M. Helms comments -Times interpretation of morality -Stevenson -Johnson
6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Selective embarrassment -Times interpretation of First Amendment rights -Times wrongdoing -Times responsibility -Johnson's action -Robert S. McNamara -Rebuttal -Position as president of the International Bank of Reconstruction Conv. No. 525-1 (cont.) and Development [World Bank] -Loyalty to Johnson -McGeorge Bundy comment -Attack on Johnson -Kennedy -Ngo Dinh Diem death -Henry Cabot Lodge and Kennedy's role -William Moyers -Diem death -President's revelation -Constraints of lawsuit -Diem death -President's knowledge Ziegler entered at an unknown time after 5:17 pm. Legislation -Defeat of anti-war bills -Margin Ziegler left at an unknown time before 6:13 pm. Pentagon Papers -Bombing halt file -Relation to Lyndon B. Johnsons statement -Attempts to obtain it -Tom Charles Huston recollections -Brookings role -Implementation of Huston plan -Johnson's concern -Timing of bombing -Content -W. Averell Harriman
7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Effects of release -Johnsons reaction -Harlow contact with Johnson Upcoming Vice Presidential trip -Harlow's attendance -Harlow's role -Agnew -Korea Pentagon Papers -Agnew's role -Recent performances -Ehrlichman contact with Agnew -Future Agnew role -Robert J. Dole -Agnew attacks on Times -Nelson A. Rockefeller attacks on Times -Role of advertisers -Bonwit Teller -Administration attack -Role of sources -Treasury Department role -Council Economic Advisers [CEA] -George P. Shultz -Connally -Maurice H. Stans -Elliot L. Richardson -George W. Romney -John A. Volpe -Rogers C.B. Morton -John N. Mitchell -Ken Martin (Ken) Worthy [?] -Morton contacts -Morton -Melvin R. Laird -Rogers -Willingness to join attack -Ending backgrounders -"Good" reporters -Max Frankel
Conv. No. 525-1 (cont.)
8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Mitchell -Stans -Connally -Dole -Republican National Committee contact with Times -Franklyn C. Nofziger -Effect on Stewart Lurie -Effect on columnists Conv. No. 525-1 (cont.) -Other contacts with Times -Ziegler's tactics -Return of calls -Kissinger action -National Security Council [NSC] staff -Media fallout -Need for perseverance -James B. (Scotty) Reston -Position -Barry M. Goldwater -Contact with Times competition -Daily News -Jerry Greene action -Chicago Tribune reaction to Times story -Bill Mullen (?) reaction -James S. Copley, Richard Wilson, William Randolph Hearst, Jr. reaction -Contact with Hearst -Los Angeles Times reaction -Policing of press -Times and White House relationship -Future relations -Access to Oval Office -Upcoming trips -Times travel courtesies -Eastern liberal press -White House contact with Clark M. Clifford -Extent of information from -Congressional statements -Effect on Hubert H. Humphrey -Humphrey comments -Effect of Vietnam study on behavior -Effect on Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy -Support for McNamara
9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Times material on Kennedy administration activities -Use by President -Henry Cabot Lodge's role -Ngo Dinh Diem file -Kennedy activity -Lodge evidence -Lodge position on release of evidence Conv. No. 525-1 (cont.) -Kennedys communication with Lodge -Consequences of coup -Action against the Times -Severity of Times transgression -Press double standard -Expected Times actions -White House files -Kissinger staff checks -Set up of files -Helmut (Hal) Sonnenfeldt -Access to Kissinger conversations with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -Sonnenfeldt duties -William A.K. (Tony) Lake access -Edmund S. Muskie reaction to Times story -Humphrey reaction -Johnson's position -Support for Ted Kennedy -Support for Humphrey -McNamara's statement -Humphrey knowledge of Vietnam activities -Johnson -Agnew exposure to White House tactics -Humphrey statement -"Need to known" doctrine -Johnson's Vietnam judgement -US actions -Rogers and Laird -World War II -Korea -Vietnam -Presidents questions -Tactics -Kissingers recollection -"Purpose" of U.S. action
10 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Methods -Goals Drug policy statement -Play in media Rochester trip -Kenneth B. Keating invitation -Congressional contacts during trip -Keating -Performance
Conv. No. 525-1 (cont.)
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INDIA
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Pakistan -Life magazine issue US and Federal Republic of Germany relations -Willy Brandt -Kissingers conversation with Egon Bahr -Purchase of aircraft Pentagon Papers -Effect on White House enemies -Haldeman -Need for White House attack -Reduction of ambassadorial access to Times
11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-D. Kenneth Rush -Ellsworth F. Bunker -Arthur K. Watson Kissinger left at 6:05 pm. Haldeman and Ehrlichman left at 6:07 pm. Conv. No. 525-1 (cont.) Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 6:07 pm. [Signing of documents] President's schedule -Rochester schedule -Action folders Marjorie P. Acker entered at 6:09 pm. Rose Mary Woods schedule -Executive Office Building [EOB] meeting with President The President, et al. left at 6:10 pm.
Conversation No. 525-2 Date: Unknown between June 17 and June 18, 1971 Time: Unknown between 6:13 pm, June 17 and 8:40 am, June 18, 1971 Location: Oval Office Unknown people [Secret Service agents ?] met. Presidents location -Executive Office Building [EOB] Unknown people [Secret Service?] left at an unknown time before 8:40 am, June 18, 1971.