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The President and Monica Lewinsky
During the height (or depth) of the Monica story, we warned that the affair could not be dismissed as a trivial personal matter, since sex has long been used for espionage purposes. Some WAISers retorted that she had not been accused of espionage.
Now, however, the New York Post claims that, in a forthcoming book, Gordon Thomas, a journalist, was making just that charge. He said that Israel's Mossad tapped Monica Lewinsky's phone and recorded her having phone sex with the President. The story went on to say that Mossad had used the tapes to blackmail Clinton. The President then called off a hunt for a suspected Israeli mole in the White House because of Israeli threats to release the tapes. When questioned, Thomas withdrew the blackmail part of the story; he said that Danny Yatom, head of Mossad at the time, had ruled out blackmail. He continued to maintain that Mossad had the tapes.
The White House denied the story, but Israel was silent. Clinton supporters charged that the story was planted by St. Martin's Press to promote its publication of Monica's book, which incidentally Linda Tripp denounced as an attempt to glamorize a tawdry story.
Whatever the truth, it is an indictment of our system that Monica could become a millionaire this way, and that Clinton said he did not begrudge her the lucky strike. It is also sad that a once dignified publisher, St. Martin's (an offspring of Macmillan), now operates on that level. Above all, it confirms our earlier statement that the Monica story cannot be dismissed as a petty private matter. It comes at a time when there are serious charges that the Clinton administration is lax on national security.
Ronald Hilton - 03/08/99