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Liddy Interview #50614

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 08, 1977
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(Studio) Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy was paroled on Wednesday and today grants interview. Liddy has remained silent about Watergate thruout prison term. His comment on relationship with Richard Nixon cited. (Interview shown.) Anchor asks if Liddy is bitter. [LIDDY - isn't bitter; cites reasons and says he gave permission for sake of campaign to put all blame for certain actions on self.] Anchor asks for clarification and why he did this. [LIDDY - he acquiesced and took blame because he was captain of ship when it struck reef. Cites as reasoning for this attitude theory from writings of Niccolo Machiavelli with regard to relationship between prince and his lieutenant. Notes Machiavelli's ultimate ruler is prince.] Anchor asks if he feels he' took blame in vain. [LIDDY - says no, thinks he delayed things substantially. Good in this is that prince occupied office longer.] Anchor notes view of some that Liddy is soldier in wrong war, with foolish allegiance to wrong army, and therefore is made to look foolish. [LIDDY -notes this is risk one takes in doing what he believes.] Is asked if he's heard from Nixon at all. [LIDDY - says no; doesn't want to go into question as to whether he heard from Nixon before going to prison.] Anchor asks if he finds what happened to Nixon and to self tragic. [LIDDY - finds Nixon's fate tragic in classic Greek sense of word. Doesn't find own situation tragic because he willingly undertook risk, knew what he was doing and accepts consequences, whatever they are.] Special broadcast to be shown, "The Private Mind of G. Gordon Liddy"; time noted. Liddy says purpose in speaking today is to call attention to overcrowded conditions and lack of civil rights at Allenwood Prison. He also speaks of fire in Danbury, Connecticut, prison, where he also served, saying prisoners had asked that he explain their cries for help went unheeded. At small press conference he holds after interview, Liddy is hit in face with pie, by man who ran away; his comment with regard to Judge John J. Sirica noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Walters, Barbara

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