July 27, 2018
A French Watergate?
Watergate may be the lodestar of cover-ups, the concealment or non-acknowledgment of regrettable behavior, but it was not the first or the last, nor confined to the U.S. French military authorities disgraced themselves and the French Republic in 1894 by planting forged documents in the file of Alfred Dreyfus to suggest he was a spy and had committed treason. Cover-ups were central in the Harding Teapot Dome scandal in 1922 and were in the Soviet Union when Mikhail Gorbachev waited three weeks before revealing the malfunction in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine in April 1986. British Cabinet ministers in 1964 refused to tell the prime minister, Alex Douglas-Home, that Anthony Blunt, the surveyor of the queen's pictures, had confessed to supplying the KGB with thousands of documents while working for MI5 during World War II. Now there is a controversy over a cover-up, or attempted cover-up, concerning another leader, French president...(Read Full Article)